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Are you a veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and looking to continue your career at sea in a civilian capacity? The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is currently recruiting and welcomes those who served in the RCN!
For more information on how to transition from the RCN to a career at sea with the SIU Canada, please see the below information and be sure to contact an SIU Canada Union Hall to get started.
Effective 2023, Transport Canada is allowing all members of the regular force serving in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to receive credits towards obtaining commercial marine certification under the Marine Personnel Regulations.
Deck certification and engineering certification
To date the RCN has been approved to issue the following training certificates for all of their personnel who have completed the Naval Environmental Training Program. Transport Canada can issue Certificates of Proficiencies if the training has been completed within 5 years before the application date.
Levels of the Marine Technician (MARTECH) legacy training prior 2013 that had been assessed against TP 8911 – Engineering Officer Education and Training Program:
Please note: other certificate qualifications are currently under review with respect to engineering and nautical certificates.
Ship’s cook certificate of competency
For a military cook who achieves the QL5 and has served on RCN vessels, RCN will issue a Transport Canada training certificate. The candidate will still be required to provide 30 days of sea service, a valid marine medical certificate, current Marine Advanced First Aid training certificate, and valid MED training certificate with respect to STCW Basic Safety.
Please contact your local Transport Canada office to discuss and make an appointment to receive credit towards obtaining marine certification under the MPR.
Currently serving RCN/Canadian Armed Forces members should contact Naval Personnel and Training Group Headquarters RCN.
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