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Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 2535dipts

Nautical Sciences Diploma Program

Nautical Sciences Cadets are trained seafarers capable of using technological and navigational equipment on a wide range of ships, from large passenger cruise ships to cargo vessels. Cadets receive instruction and training based on seamanship and traditional maritime skills in areas such as:

  • officer of the watch training
  • marine communications and navigation
  • rescue, safety and environmental response
  • security threat response and vigilance
  • safe carriage of goods

The Program

The Nautical Sciences Diploma is a 4 year co-operative education program for students entering the merchant marine as trainee deck officers.

You will be given assistance to find suitable employment throughout your cooperative training period to obtain your Certificate of Competency. Upon obtaining your Certificate of Competency, you have a good chance of being employed as navigation officers on merchant ships worldwide.

Graduates from the program will be awarded a Diploma from the Welcome to Canadian citizens and Canadian landed immigrants will also, upon completion of all prerequisites, receive a Certificate of Competency issued by Transport Canada.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted November 1st* to April 30th.*

*or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake; this program does not carry a wait list from year to year.

Apply early; don’t wait for the deadline. This will allow you time to upgrade if needed.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Related experience

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

*This program has a mandatory uniform policy in which Cadets and Officers are required to wear a uniform while in class.

Read more about how to meet IZUNA’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Requirements for selected applicants:

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for the following:

  • Multiple Mini Interview Process (MMI). Interviews will be conducted in the month of April and selections made in May.

Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Note: Acceptance into the program does not constitute a guarantee by IZUNA that a shipping company will provide a berth for the co-op terms. IZUNA will assist cadets with the coordination of requirements for sea terms.

Recommended for success

  • Completion of Physics 11 (higher levels recommended)

Apply to program

Note: This program does not accept applications from international students. View programs that do

IZUNA accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, IZUNA will send a message to your personal and myIZUNA e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Check out the required and optional textbooks PDF for each year of the Program.

Textbooks can be purchased through the IZUNA Bookstore or by calling 111-432-8379 or 877-333-8379 (toll-free within Canada).

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Required Book Estimates: Optional Book Estimates:
First Year: $200-$300 $800-$900
Second Year: $350-$450 $0-$100
Third Year: $450-$550 $0-$100
Fourth Year: $500-$600 $0-$100

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

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

Supplies: Cadets must acquire drawing instruments, a scientific calculator and stationary supplies as required. Coveralls, sight and hearing protection and safety boots, worn during the training exercises, are the responsibility of the Cadets.

Uniforms: Cadets are required to purchase uniforms from an approved supplier to be worn while in class. Depending on quantity and size, the total cost for uniforms during the first year is between $250 and $350.

Documentation: Throughout the duration of the program, students are required to maintain official documentation such as Transport Canada Medicals, passports, and other company specific requests for the co-operative sea phase terms, that are subject to additional fees.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0830–1600, Monday through Friday

Due to size limitations in some courses, students may be required to take some afternoon classes.

Program matrix

First Year, Term 1 (27 weeks) Credits
  MEDI 1510 STCW Basic Safety 3.0
  MEDI 1810 STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft 2.0
  MSEC 1010 Ship Security Officer Revised 1.5
  MSSM 1025 Marine Basic First Aid 1.0
  MSSM 1200 Marine Advanced First Aid Revised 2.0
  MSSM 1205 Seamanship 9.0
  MSSM 1600 Oil and Chemical Tanker Familiarization Training 4.0
  NAUT 0001 Orientation to Nautical Sciences 0.0
  NAUT 1200 Ship Construction 1 2.0
  NAUT 1202 Ship Stability 1 3.0
  NAUT 1211 Ship Cargo 1 3.0
  NAUT 1220 Regulations 1 2.0
  NAUT 1225 Ship Navigation Safety 1 2.0
  NAUT 1230 Ship Navigation 1 6.0
  NAUT 1235 Ship Meteorology 1 2.0
  NAUT 1241 Mathematics 1 4.0
  NAUT 1252 Technical Writing 4.0
First Year, Term 2 Co-op (31 weeks) Credits
  NAUT 1990 Co-operative Training 1 41.5
Second Year, Term 3 (25 weeks) Credits
  ENAV 1030 Electronic Positioning Systems 6.0
  GMDS 1800 Global Maritime Distress and Safety System 4.0
  NAUT 1201 Terrestrial Navigation 4.0
  NAUT 1247 Physical Science 1 5.0
  NAUT 1805 Communications 1 2.0
  NAUT 1809 Communications 2 1.0
  NAUT 2200 Ship Construction 2 2.0
  NAUT 2202 Ship Stability 2 4.0
  NAUT 2211 Ship Cargo 2 3.0
  NAUT 2221 Regulations 2 6.0
  NAUT 2225 Ship Navigation Safety 2 2.0
  NAUT 2230 Ship Navigation 2 7.0
  NAUT 2235 Ship Meteorology 2 2.0
Second Year, Term 4 Co-op (40 weeks) Credits
  NAUT 2990 Co-operative Training 2 53.5
Third Year, Term 5 (26 weeks) Credits
  ENAV 1070 Simulated Electronic Navigation - Operational (SEN O) 8.0
  ENAV 2450 Leadership and Teamwork 2.0
  ENAV 3105 Electronic Chart Display and Information System 3.0
  MEDI 2510 Advanced Fire Fighting 2.0
  NAUT 1204 Cargo and Stability Software 1.0
  NAUT 1260 Oral Tutorial 1 2.0
  NAUT 2203 Celestial Navigation 10.0
  NAUT 2247 Physical Science 2 4.0
  NAUT 3200 Ship Construction 3 2.0
  NAUT 3202 Ship Stability 3 8.0
  NAUT 3211 Ship Cargo 3 3.0
  NAUT 3225 Ship Navigation Safety 3 3.0
  NAUT 3235 Ship Meteorology 3 2.0
Third Year, Term 6 Co-op (35 weeks) Credits
  NAUT 3990 Co-operative Training 3 47.0
Fourth Year, Term 7 (24 weeks) Credits
  ENAV 2000 Simulated Electronic Navigation 2 6.0
  ENAV 2600 Bridge Resource Management 2.0
  MERS 1100 Propulsion Plant Simulator Nautical 2.0
  MSSM 3400 Marine Medical Care 4.0
  NAUT 1231 Navigation Systems & Instruments 8.0
  NAUT 1232 Deviascope 2.0
  NAUT 1233 Ship Handling 2.0
  NAUT 1255 Passenger Safety Management 1.0
  NAUT 2207 Ship Engineering Knowledge 2 4.0
  NAUT 2209 Ship Management / ISM 2 4.0
  NAUT 2260 Oral Tutorial 2 2.0
  NAUT 4210 Ship Cargo 4 8.0
  NAUT 4235 Ship Meteorology 4 2.0
Total Credits: 337.5

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 IZUNA? Check out IZUNA's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Four years, full-time


This program is accredited by Transport Canada.

Students will be eligible to challenge Transport Canada examination for a Watchkeeping Mate Certificate after successful completion of three years of the program and acquiring twelve months of sea time during the first two co-op phases.

Examination fees where applicable, are payable to Transport Canada and are due two weeks in advance. Information on Transport Canada examination fees is available upon request.

The Nautical Sciences program covers all courses required for a Standards Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Chief Mate Level, as listed in the Marine Personnel Regulations of Canada Shipping Act 2001.

Program location

Marine Campus
265 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC

Program structure

This 4 year diploma program consists of 4 terms of classroom instruction interspersed with 3 co-op terms:

School Co-op Terms
First Year Term 1
Term 2
Second Year Term 3
Term 4
Third Year Term 5
Term 6
Fourth Year Term 7

Students re-applying to Term 7 of the Nautical Sciences Diploma program (e.g. the student has withdrawn from the program and is now re-applying to the next Term 7) may be required to complete SEN and BRM courses outside of the scheduled Term 7. This is due to the limitations of simulator capacity.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • Students must successfully complete all courses in the program within 7 years from the start of the program.
  • Students enrolling in Term 7 must have Watchkeeping services completed on vessels of not less than 500GT.
  • A 3-year training certificate will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 5 of the program.
  • A 4-year training certificate will be issued to students successfully completing Terms 1 through 7 of the program.
  • During the final (third) co-op term, students must have completed at least three months as Officer of a Watch on voyages certified by Transport Canada to be eligible to enrol for Term 7.

Graduating & Jobs

Career Overview

Cadets receive a thorough background in the principles and operation of modern vessels like super tankers, bulk carriers, cruise ships and off shore supply vessels. At the end of the third year, successful students achieve their Watchkeeping Mate Certificate. This initial licence allows a cadet to officially become a ship's Officer. They will then become an important part of the ship's management team to ensure the safe navigation of the ship and the safety of its cargo. They are also responsible for seamanship, cargoes and stowage, safety and communications. In port, they manage the loading and off-loading of cargoes. After graduation from the Diploma program and with more sea time aboard ships, Officers may continue to upgrade their skills with the ultimate goal of becoming a Master Mariner.

Lifestyle & Nature of Work

Whether being a member of the bridge team working with the Captain and other crew members to handle the ship or being in charge of a group of skilled seafarers to operate the ship's equipment, the challenges are great and the rewards are many. The marine industry requires its Cadets and Officers to be at sea operating in nearly every ocean, aboard a variety of vessels. Depending on the schedule of the shipping company, Deck Officers or Cadets could be away from home for months at a time. The work conditions can be demanding, however, there may be exciting opportunities to meet multinational crew members and travel around the world.

Salary Ranges

Salaries are dependent on the type of employer and the company's nationality. During the student's first two co-op terms at sea, Cadets may earn on average US $500 to $1,300 per month. During the third sea phase, a qualified Deck Officer could earn anywhere between US $5,000 and $10,000 per month, particularly with those companies that transport liquid petroleum products, bulk commodities, oil and gas on the Great Lakes in Canada. Cost expenses such as food and lodging are typically covered.

Graduate employment outcomes

The IZUNA student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 IZUNA Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for IZUNA 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

IZUNA Marine Campus Registration Office
Tel: 111-453-4111

Agnelo Pereira
Chief Instructor
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 111-453-4117

Jeff Otto
Co-op Education Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 111-453-4124

Sheena Clarkson
Program Assistant
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 111-453-4108

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