The Canadian Coast Guard College

A photograph of a Canadian Coast Guard College building with several students.

The Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) is a world-class institute of marine training, where Ships’ Officers receive university degrees after four years of education. As a College student, you can enroll in the Navigation Officer Training Program or the Marine Engineering Officer Training Program. You also have the opportunity to study in French or English.

Did you know that not only are tuition and books free, but Officer-Cadets get paid to study as well? Officer-Cadets receive a monthly allowance for personal expenses while at the College and additional money during on-vessel training.

The College also offers training for Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) officers. MCTS certification guarantees students a training allowance of $350 a week during the 23-week training course, as well as employment after successful completion of the course.

The CCGC also offers training to electronic technologists through the Marine Electronic Development (MELDEV) Program. Graduates of an accredited community college or institute of technology may apply to this program. Once selected, you are automatically hired as an Electronic Technologist, with a yearly starting salary of $41,000 and training until appointed to the working level.

Wes O., Marine Engineering Officer Cadet CCG College, Sydney, Nova Scotia) Wes O., Marine Engineering Officer Cadet (CCG College, Sydney, Nova Scotia):

“I was working toward a science degree and I knew that I didn’t want to end up in an office. I wanted to work with my hands in a challenging workplace. The engineering program seemed like the perfect fit, and, most of all, I can feel proud of what we do.”

Engineer Officer Cadet in machine shop Navigation Officer Cadets in seamanship class A photo of graduating Canadian Coast Guard College students.

For more information, please visit the Canadian Coast Guard College website. To apply to any program at the Canadian Coast Guard College, please visit the Public Service Commission (PSC) website.