Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program
(Marine Engineering Officer / Marine Navigation Officer)

Selection process number: 17-DFO-GLF-EA-210803

Various locations in Canada upon graduation
Sydney, Nova Scotia for the duration of the 4 year training program
SO-MAO-00 (Monthly training allowance starts at $375.00 (Under review))
SO-MAO-02 upon graduation ($27.07 hourly rate)
Closing date: N/A
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad

How to apply

Become a Canadian Coast Guard Officer

The Canadian Coast Guard recruits and develops candidates to become Canadian Coast Guard Officers. Candidates entering into the Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program are initially recruited as Officer Cadets at the SO-MAO-00 level and progress to the SO-MAO-02 level once they have completed the 4 year training program. Upon graduation, they are given continued employment across Canada, within the Coast Guard Fleet.

The Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program will not only provide you with a gateway to becoming a Marine Engineering Officer or a Marine Navigation Officer with the Coast Guard, but provides the following benefits of employment:

  • Classroom and practical training at the College and on Coast Guard vessels
  • Textbooks and uniforms
  • Room and board
  • A monthly allowance
  • Medical and dental plan coverage

Graduates from the Canadian Coast Guard College will receive:

  • Bachelor of Technology Degree in Nautical Sciences granted in partnership with Cape Breton University
  • Canadian Coast Guard College Diploma
  • Commercial Certification as a Ship's Officer issued by Transport Canada
  • Continued employment with the Canadian Coast Guard.  CCG Officers must accept an assigned posting anywhere in Canada.

This is an ongoing inventory of applicants. The CCGC will periodically review the applications received and contact applicants selected for further assessment. Qualified candidates may be selected for entry into the program prior to the closing date. The CCG College has one intake per year, typically the last week of August. As it can take two to three months to complete assessments, applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. In order to be considered for the next intake, applications and official transcripts need to be received by May 31, 2018.

In order to be considered, you must meet the following essential qualifications

Official language proficiency

English or French (Officer Cadets may choose to study in either French or English)


Successful completion of a high school diploma and completion of the following required advanced/university preparatory level courses:

  • Grade 11 Chemistry
  • Grade 12 Advanced Mathematics
  • Grade 12 Physics
  • Grade 12  English or French

For applicants studying in Quebec:

  • Secondary 5 – Chemistry (051504)
  • CEGEP 1 – Physics (1 of the following courses 203-NYA, 203-NYB, 203- NYC)
  • CEGEP 1 – Mathematics (2 of the following courses 201-NYA, 201-NYB, 201-NYC)
  • Secondary 5 – English or French


  • A final grade of 70% is normally required in each of the advanced/university preparatory courses.
  • For specific information on course requirements please refer to Prerequisites by Province.
  • University or College credit courses may be accepted as equivalencies to the required high school courses. Please note that the Canadian Coast Guard College reserves the right to be the final arbiter of what it will accept on an equivalency basis.
  • Applicants who completed secondary or post-secondary school through a Non-Canadian education system are required to meet the equivalent standards indicated in the Canadian Education system.

Other essential requirements (essential for the job) that will be assessed at a later date

Abilities and skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing

Personal suitability

  • Judgement
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership

May be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


  • Experience working with the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Experience working, volunteering or participating in maritime based activities
  • Experience participating or volunteering with events, organizations, projects or committees


Abilities and skills

  • Time Management

Organizational needs

The Canadian Coast Guard welcomes applications from women, aboriginal persons, persons with a disability and members of visible minorities.

Conditions of employment

  • Meet and maintain a medical standard required for seagoing personnel;
  • Must have Reliability Security Clearance upon initial hire and Secret Security Clearance by first sea phase;
  • Must have a valid Canadian passport upon appointment to the Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program and must maintain its validity throughout the program;
  • Must obtain a CDN number from Transport Canada prior to the medical;
  • Must wear and maintain a uniform as per the Canadian Coast Guard Uniform Manual;
  • Must wear and maintain required protective clothing and equipment in the prescribed manner as per the Canada Labour Code, Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and other regulations governing seagoing personnel;
  • Must take training in respiratory protection and wear a breathing apparatus. In compliance with the rules and instructions regarding the wearing of a breathing apparatus on board CCG vessels, employees must be disposed to achieving and maintaining a non-leaking face piece-to skin seal with the mask of the breathing apparatus;
  • An Officer Cadet has an obligation to complete his/her training at the Canadian Coast Guard College and to serve in Her Majesty's service for a minimum of four(4) years following graduation from the college; and
  • Must accept appointment to any position across Canada.

Operational requirements

40 hour week of classroom or practical training in addition to other activities.

Other information

Essential and asset qualifications may be assessed via academic transcripts, written exam, interview, references or other type of assessment tools.

Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice and are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

As all of the communication for this process will be conducted via email for screening and assessment purposes (including sending invitations for written tests and interviews), it is your responsibility to ensure that you check for messages regularly and to ensure that your email address accepts messages from unknown users; some email systems block these types of email or filter them to a junk mail folder. The Canadian Coast Guard College is not responsible for any incorrect or incomplete application information. Errors in your profile and or failure to update your contact information may result in no further consideration of your application.

This is a multi-tier selection process and candidates are expected to be available for assessments and respond in a timely manner.  Failure to do so without a valid reason may result in a  candidate’s application to be no longer considered further in the selection process.

Candidates will be required to provide original proof of citizenship; education and Canadian passport as part of the selection process.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application form if they are are a woman, an Aboriginal, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

Contact information