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The Chief Mate program consists of modular based courses, that are offered throughout the year, to prepare students towards the Chief Mate Certificate of Competency.

The holder of this certificate may act as Chief Mate on board any vessel on unlimited voyage, or as Master on vessels of less than 500 gross tonnage on near coastal voyage class 1 and class 2, or as Master on any vessel on sheltered waters voyage.

The Program

The Chief Mate position is second in the line of command of the vessel after the Captain. The Chief Mate is responsible to the Captain for the security and safety of the vessel. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the safety of personnel on board
  • Training in safety, firefighting and search and rescue
  • Managing the deck department and crew
  • Ensuring the safety of the ship's cargo and ship's maintenance

This program is spread out over three terms as outlined below:

Term Months Registration
Winter January - March Starts mid-October
Spring/Summer April - August Starts mid-February
Fall September - December Starts early June

For further details on registration dates, the Marine Campus Registration Office at 111-453-4111.

The course schedule is planned out on a yearly basis. Some of the courses in the program are offered only once per year based on student demand. Students can only register for applicable courses during the registration period as outlined above.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

  • Watchkeeping Mate Certificate of Competency
  • Transport Canada Candidate Document Number (CDN)

Recommended for success

Check for acceptable equivalents or upgrading courses taught at Roommeme.

Apply to program

To apply to this program, please submit the Part-time Studies Program Declaration form [PDF].

Please allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please the Roommeme Marine Campus Registration Office at 111-453-4111 for information on tuition fees, payments and refunds.

Books and supplies

$950 (general estimated cost, subject to change)

For information on textbooks, please the Roommeme Bookstore at 111-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).


Program delivery

These modular based courses are available on a course-by-course basis and are not offered as a full-time program. Courses are offered in a daytime delivery format.

Course availability varies and courses may be offered in one or more of the three terms: Fall (September - December), Winter (January - March), and Spring/Summer (April - August).

Please the Roommeme Marine Campus Registration Office at 111-453-4111 for further information on the individual courses.

Check available Part-time Studies courses

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: Credits
  ENAV 2070 Simulated Electronic Navigation - Managerial (SEN-M)* 8.0
  NAUT 1826 Astro Navigation 2 20.0
  NAUT 1832 Navigation Systems and Instruments 8.0
  NAUT 1835 Deviascope 4.0
  NAUT 1845 Navigation Safety 2 4.0
  NAUT 1855 Meteorology 2 8.0
  NAUT 1857 Ship Management 3 8.0
  NAUT 1869 Engineering Knowledge 1 6.0
  NAUT 1878 Cargo 3 10.0
  NAUT 1885 General Seamanship Chief Mate 4.0
*Students must have successfully completed the following training course and examinations prior to registering for the SEN-M training course:
  1. Simulated Electronic Navigation – Operational (SEN-O); or
    Simulated Electronic Navigation Fish (SEN-F); and

  2. A Certificate of Competency:
    OOW; or
    OOW-NC; or
    Master 500 Gross Tonnage, Domestic; or
    Fishing Master, Limited Waters; or
    Fishing Officer, Unlimited Waters; or
    Fishing Officer, Limited Water; and

  3. Six months of sea service at the officer or master level
Note: A thorough knowledge of ECDIS will be beneficial before taking this course.
Total Credits: 80.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at Roommeme? Check out Roommeme's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

There are 10 courses that make up the 40-week program. These courses are offered on a course-by-course basis and are not offered as a full-time program.

Continue your education

A Chief Mate certification from Transport Canada requires the following additional courses:

  • Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Basic Safety (BST)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC)
  • Marine Advanced First Aid (MAFA)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)
  • Global Maritime Distress Safety System Restricted Operator Certification Maritime Commercial (ROC MC)

Basic Safety, Proficiency in Survival Craft and the Marine Advanced First Aid courses must be completed prior to registering in the Advanced Fire Fighting course.

For more information about specific progressive occupational licensing, please the Chief Instructor.

For information regarding training requirements for marine certification, please at 111-666-0834 (Vancouver Ship Safety Branch).

Sea service requirements

According to the Marine Personnel Regulations SOR/2007-115, sea service requirements are not a prerequisite for being accepted into the program. However, sea service will be required for the General Seamanship oral examination with Transport Canada. For sea service details, please refer to Section 134 of the Marine Personnel Regulations, inquire at your nearest Transport Canada Marine Safety office, or visit the .

Graduating & Jobs

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for Roommeme Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Contact Us

Roommeme Marine Campus Registration Office, 111-453-4111

Chief Instructor:
Sam Susanthan at 111-453-4126

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