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Marine Personnel Regulations (SOR/2007-115)

Regulations are current to 2022-01-12 and last amended on 2021-06-23. Previous Versions

PART 1Certification (continued)

Exchanges or Renewals of Certificates and Endorsements (continued)

 An applicant for the renewal of a certificate referred to in any of paragraphs 100(nn) to (qq) issued under these Regulations or an equivalent supervisor of transfer operations certificate issued under the Marine Certification Regulations shall provide the examiner with a training certificate in marine emergency duties with respect to STCW basic safety and shall

  • (a) have acquired at least 3 months of service within the 5 years before the application date for renewal of the certificate, which service shall include duties relating to oil, chemical or liquefied gas transfer operations relating to the certificate sought and, if the applicant is the holder of a Supervisor of an Oil Transfer Operation in Arctic Waters (North of 60° N) certificate, provide the examiner with a testimonial of the applicant’s completion, within the 5 years before that date, of at least three transfers in waters north of 60° N; or

  • (b) provide the examiner with a training certificate obtained within the 5 years before the application date for renewal of the certificate, with respect to a course in supervision of an oil transfer operation, supervision of a chemical transfer operation or specialized liquefied gas tanker safety relating to the certificate sought.

  •  (1) An applicant for renewal of the certificate referred to in paragraph 100(jj) or the endorsement referred to in paragraph 102(f) shall provide the examiner with

    • (a) a training testimonial indicating that, within the 5 years before the application date for renewal, they have successfully completed a refresher training course in passenger safety management; or

    • (b) testimonial of at least 3 months of service, within the 5 years before the application date for renewal, on one or more passenger-carrying vessels, attesting to competent participation in emergency drills.

  • (2) An applicant for renewal of the certificate referred to in paragraph 100(kk) or the endorsement referred to in paragraph 102(g) shall provide the examiner with

    • (a) a training testimonial indicating that, within the 5 years before the application date for renewal, they have successfully completed a refresher training course in specialized passenger safety management (ro-ro vessels); or

    • (b) testimonial of at least 3 months of service, within the 5 years before the application date for renewal, on one or more ro-ro vessels that are passenger-carrying vessels, attesting to competent participation in emergency drills.

Application for Examination and Eligibility

  •  (1) Unless otherwise indicated in these Regulations, an applicant for a certificate of competency or an endorsement issued under these Regulations shall

    • (a) be at least 18 years of age on the day on which they receive the certificate or endorsement; and

    • (b) have started to acquire the sea service required to obtain the certificate or endorsement after having reached 16 years of age or, in the case of service acquired on a fishing vessel in respect of an application for a fishing certificate, 15 years of age.

  • (2) An applicant shall provide the following to the examiner, at least two weeks before the first of the examinations referred to in these Regulations that the applicant seeks to take:

    • (a) a signed application containing the information and declarations set out in Schedule 2 to this Part;

    • (b) the applicant’s birth certificate or equivalent;

    • (c) all of the discharge books and any certificates of discharge in respect of the qualifying service required for the certificate or endorsement sought;

    • (d) any testimonials, containing the required signatures and at least the information set out in Schedule 4 or 5 to this Part, as the case may be, in respect of the sea service required for the certificate or endorsement sought; and

    • (e) any pertinent certificate held by the applicant, including certificates issued by an Administration, other than the Minister, recognized by the IMO as being compliant with the STCW Convention.

  • (3) An application made under these Regulations for an examination in respect of the issuance, exchange or renewal of a certificate of competency or an endorsement remains valid for a period of 1 year after the day on which the examiner receives the application.

  • (4) An applicant who, as part of an approved training program, is required to maintain and complete a training record book while on board a vessel shall, in order to have that training recognized, present to the examiner the completed book, evaluated as being satisfactory by the recognized institution responsible for that program.

  • (5) An applicant, in order to be eligible for an examination, shall pay the applicable fees set out in column 2 of the table to subsection 121(1) each time the applicant takes the examination.

 Before a certificate of competency or an endorsement is issued to an applicant, the applicant shall provide the examiner with

  • (a) proof that the applicant is a qualified person; and

  • (b) except if the applicant is applying for a certificate of competency referred to in section 131 that is valid in respect of a vessel that is not a passenger-carrying vessel or in section 138, 143, 151 or 174, either a medical certificate or a provisional medical certificate that is in effect and that was issued in respect of the applicant in accordance with Division 8 of Part 2 attesting to the applicant’s fitness to

    • (i) perform the duties to which the certificate of competency or endorsement relates, and

    • (ii) make the voyages that the certificate of competency or endorsement authorizes.

Examinations

  •  (1) The examiner shall ensure that an applicant follows the examination procedures established by TP 2293 to ensure that examinations are conducted properly and that standards of objective evaluation, fairness, merit and equity are upheld.

  • (2) An applicant who does not follow the procedures referred to in subsection (1) automatically fails the examination.

  •  (1) A passing grade obtained in any of the following examinations remains valid for 5 years after the date of the examination:

    • (a) an examination taken for the purpose of obtaining a Master, a Mate, an Able Seafarer or a Bridge Watch Rating certificate; and

    • (b) one of the following engineering examinations when taken for the purpose of obtaining an Engineer certificate:

      • (i) general engineering knowledge,

      • (ii) engineering knowledge of motor vessels, or

      • (iii) engineering knowledge of steamships.

  • (2) A passing grade obtained in an engineering examination taken for the purpose of obtaining an Engineer certificate, other than an examination referred to in paragraph (1)(b), remains valid for life.

  • (3) A passing grade in an examination remains valid for life after the certificate of competency or endorsement, in respect of which the examination was taken, is obtained or renewed.

Approved Training

 The Minister, on the recommendation of an examiner, shall approve a training program or a training course as an approved training program or approved training course, as the case may be, if it meets the standards respecting the training and assessment of seafarers that are applicable to the training to be provided and assessment to be performed, as set out in the Quality Management Manual — Marine Personnel Standards and Pilotage, in the chapter entitled Approval of Marine Training Courses and Programs, dated July 30, 2001, as amended in June 2007, established in accordance with Regulation I/8 of the STCW Convention and published by the Department of Transport.

Computation of Qualifying Service

  •  (1) For the purpose of calculating sea service, 8 hours of service equals one day of sea service.

  • (2) Service for watches of other than 8 hours in a calendar day shall be prorated to a maximum of 12 hours for that day based on a 12-hour watch equalling one and one-half days of sea service except for applicants registered in an approved cadet training program whose sea service shall be calculated on the basis of any amount of service in one calendar day equalling one day of service.

  • (3) In calculating the number of months of qualifying service, the total number of days of credited sea service shall be divided by 30.

 Unless otherwise specified in these Regulations, service on board an MOU or any other vessel, including a vessel engaged in commercial activities other than the carriage of passengers or the handling of cargo, shall be assessed as qualifying service in accordance with Chapter 3 of TP 2293.

 Sea service acquired as a junior officer to a mate in charge of the deck watch shall be credited at the ratio of two thirds of a day of sea service for every day of actual sea service, taking into consideration the limitations set out in section 115, up to a maximum of 9 months, for the purpose of obtaining any Master or Mate certificate.

 If an applicant deserts a vessel after making an agreement with the crew undertaking to serve on that vessel, any sea service performed by the applicant on that vessel before the applicant’s desertion is not recognized in the computation of sea service for the purpose of obtaining any certificate or endorsement.

Direct Examination

  •  (1) A qualified person who wishes to obtain a certificate issued under these Regulations and who is the holder of one of the following documents may apply for an examiner to assess their qualifications against the requirements of these Regulations for the purpose of obtaining a certificate of an equivalent or lower rank:

    • (a) a certificate issued under the STCW Convention, valid for use at sea without restrictions as to tonnage or class of voyage, issued by an Administration recognized by the IMO as being STCW compliant;

    • (b) a certificate of service issued by the Minister;

    • (c) a qualification issued by the Department of National Defence, including but not limited to deck and engineering qualifications; or

    • (d) a Canadian Coast Guard Watchkeeping or Command certificate.

  • (2) The examiner shall assess the applicant’s qualifications against the requirements of these Regulations by adhering to the evaluation procedures and criteria set out in TP 2293 that are specified as being applicable to the applicant’s situation.

Other Conditions Applicable to Certificates and Endorsements

  •  (1) A certificate of competency or an endorsement required under these Regulations shall

    • (a) if it is issued after the day on which this section comes into force, be issued under this Part;

    • (b) if it was issued on or after July 30, 1997 but before the day on which this section comes into force, have been issued under the Marine Certification Regulations; or

    • (c) if it was issued before July 30, 1997, have been issued under one of the following Regulations:

      • (i) the Certification of Able Seamen Regulations,

      • (ii) the Certification of Lifeboat Men Regulations,

      • (iii) the Certification of Ships’ Cooks Regulations,

      • (iv) the Marine Engineer Examination Regulations, or

      • (v) the Masters and Mates Examination Regulations.

  • (2) In addition to meeting the requirements of subsection (1), a certificate of competency shall be endorsed as meeting the requirements of the STCW Convention, except if the certificate is

    • (a) valid only on a fishing vessel, a high-speed craft, a passenger submersible craft, an air cushion vessel or a mobile offshore unit;

    • (b) valid only for a limited, contiguous waters voyage, a near coastal voyage, Class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage;

    • (c) a master, inland waters certificate (CIW) issued before September 1, 1977;

    • (d) a master, ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, home trade voyage certificate (CHT 350) issued before September 1, 1977;

    • (e) a master, ship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage, or tug, inland waters voyage certificate (CIW 350) issued before September 1, 1977;

    • (f) a certificate of service as master of a steamship of not more than 350 tons, gross tonnage;

    • (g) a first mate, inland waters certificate (1MIW) issued on or after March 23, 1966 but before September 1, 1976;

    • (h) a second mate, inland waters certificate (2MIW) issued on or after March 23, 1966 but before September 1, 1975;

    • (i) a certificate of service as master of a ship of not more than 1 600 tons, gross tonnage;

    • (j) a compass adjuster certificate;

    • (k) a certificate as supervisor of an oil, chemical or liquefied gas transfer operation;

    • (l) a Small Vessel Machinery Operator certificate;

    • (m) a Master, Limited certificate or Chief Mate, Limited certificate;

    • (n) a Ship’s Cook certificate; or

    • (o) a Restricted Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats certificate.

  • (3) The rights resulting from a certificate for use at sea and, as the case may be, from an endorsement to that certificate are subject to any limitations written on them and in the most recent medical certificate issued to the holder of the certificate.

Fees for Examinations and Documents

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), an applicant shall pay the fee set out in column 2 of the table to this subsection for an examination set out in column 1.

    TABLE

    ItemColumn 1Column 2
    ExaminationFee ($)
    1Oral examination or practical examination taken for the purpose of obtaining a limited or restricted certificate27.50
    2Oral examination or practical examination taken for the purpose of obtaining a certificate other than a limited or restricted certificate55.00
    3Simulator-based examination55.00
    4Written examination27.50
  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of any examination taken for the purpose of obtaining one of the following certificates:

    • (a) a Small Vessel Machinery Operator certificate;

    • (b) a High-Speed Craft (HSC) Type Rating certificate;

    • (c) an Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Type Rating certificate;

    • (d) an Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer, Class I certificate; and

    • (e) an Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer, Class II certificate.

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), an applicant shall pay the fee set out in column 2 of the table to this subsection for a document or an endorsement set out in column 1.

    TABLE

    Column 1Column 2
    ItemDocument or EndorsementFee ($)
    1Replacement of a certificate or an endorsement except for a certificate or an endorsement lost owing to shipwreck27.50
    2Issuance of a certificate or an endorsement not requiring examination other than a medical examination27.50
    3Issuance of a record of qualifications and examinations for a certificate or an endorsement20.00
    4Certificate cover20.00
    5Issuance of an identity card20.00
    6Replacement of a record of sea service90.00 for each period of five consecutive years, or part thereof, of each record searched
  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of the issuance or replacement of the following:

    • (a) a Small Vessel Machinery Operator certificate;

    • (b) a Ballast Control Operator certificate;

    • (c) a Passenger Safety Management certificate or endorsement;

    • (d) a High-Speed Craft (HSC) Type Rating certificate;

    • (e) an Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Type Rating certificate;

    • (f) an Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer, Class I certificate;

    • (g) an Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) Engineer, Class II certificate;

    • (h) any sailing vessel endorsement; and

    • (i) a passenger submersible craft endorsement.

  • (3) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a medical certificate.

 
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