Examination Services

  • The program conducts oral, practical and written examinations, issues records of qualifications and examinations, replaces and issues certificates or endorsements, for seafarers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, who have made an application and who meet prerequisites in accordance with the Marine Personnel Regulations and related procedures.
  • The program maintains records on all seafarers who are candidates.

Service standard:

  • Conduct of an oral or practical examination for the purpose of obtaining a limited certificate
    Examination date within 10 working days of receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
    Results of examination - one (1) hour after completion of examination
  • Conduct of an oral or practical examination for the purpose of obtaining a certificate other than a limited certificate
    Examination date within 10 working days of receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
    Results of examination - one (1) hour after completion of examination
  • Conduct of a simulator-based examination
    Examination date within 10 working days of receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
    Results of examination - one (1) hour after completion of examination
  • Conduct of a written examination
    Examination date within 10 working days of receipt of complete application, as per established national examination schedule, if all the prerequisites are met
    Results of examination - 10 working days after completion of examination
  • Issuance of a record of qualifications and examinations for a certificate or an endorsement
    10 working days after receipt of complete application
  • Replacement of certificate or endorsement (except for certificate or endorsement lost owing to shipwreck)
    Examiner's certificate - 10 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
    Minister's certificate or endorsement - 120 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
  • Issuance of a certificate or endorsement not requiring examination other than medical examination
    Examiner's certificate - 10 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
    Minister's certificate - 120 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
  • Certificate Cover
    15 working days after receipt of complete application if all the prerequisites are met
  • Ship's Cook practical examination
    Examiner onsite within 10 minutes of scheduled appointment when applicable
    Results of examination - 5 working days after completion of examination

Performance target:

The target for achieving this standard is set at 80%.

Performance results:

Standard Target 2016/17
Conduct of an oral or practical examination for the purpose of obtaining a limited certificate 80% 95%
Conduct of an oral or practical examination for the purpose of obtaining a certificate other than a limited certificate 80% 98%
Conduct of a simulator-based examination 80% 97%
Conduct of a written examination 80% 95%
Issuance of a record of qualifications and examinations for a certificate or an endorsement 80% 96%
Replacement of certificate or endorsement (except for certificate or endorsement lost owing to shipwreck 80% 96%
Issuance of a certificate or endorsement not requiring examination other than medical examination 80% N/A
Certificate Cover 80% N/A

Information management systems and data registers are being developed to successfully report on performance by FY 2016-17.

Apply for:

The applicant must schedule an appointment with a Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security Examination Centre and complete the applicable forms. These service centres can be found at http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/regions.htm

Service feedback:

To appeal the result of an examination, a review may be requested at the Transport Canada Marine Safety Examination Centre where the exam was administered. If the result of the review is not satisfactory, an appeal in writing may be made to the Director, Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage by completing the applicable form provided by the Examination Centre.

Comments, suggestions and concerns may be shared at the following address:

Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage
330 Sparks St., 8th Floor
Tower C, Place de Ville
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8
Facsimile: (613) 990-1538

Contacts: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/mpsp-contacts-885.htm

For more information:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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