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Admissions requirements for the Officer Training Program

Find admission requirements for the Officer Training Program by province, for home schooled applicants and for students educated outside of Canada.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for the Officer Training Program, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen upon appointment
  • have a valid Canadian passport upon joining
  • meet the medical standard required for seagoing personnel, including vision and hearing standards
  • be able to pass a criminal record check and government security clearance at the reliability and secret levels
  • be willing to take training in respiratory protection and wear a breathing apparatus which maintains a non-leaking seal over your face

Course prerequisites

All applicants need to successfully complete a high school diploma by June 30 of the intake year. Course prerequisites must be at the pre-university level suitable for post-secondary study in science or engineering with a grade of 70% or higher in each of these required courses:

  • physics 12
  • chemistry 11 (for engineering program only)
  • advanced math 12
  • English or French 12

The Canadian Coast Guard College reserves the right to decide what we’ll accept as an academic equivalency.

Prerequisites by province

Make sure you’re enrolled in the right course by checking your province’s requirements for admission below.

Alberta

Required courses:

  • Physics 30
  • Chemistry 20 (for engineering program only)
  • English or French 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1 or 31
British Columbia

Required courses:

  • Physics 12
  • Chemistry 11 (for engineering program only)
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • English or French 12
Manitoba

Required courses:

  • Physics 40s
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • Chemistry 30S 20 (for engineering program only)
  • English or French 40s
New Brunswick

Required courses for English sector:

  • English 121 or 122
  • Physics 121 or 122
  • Chemistry 111 or 112 (for engineering program only)
  • Pre-calculus A120 and B120 or Calculus 120

Required courses for French sector:

  • Chemistry 52311 (for engineering program only)
  • French 10411 or 10421
  • Physics 51421 or 51411
  • Mathematics 30421C or 30411C
Newfoundland and Labrador

Required courses:

  • Physics 3204
  • Chemistry 2202 (for engineering program only)
  • English or French 3201
  • Mathematics 3200 or 3208
Nova Scotia

Required courses:

  • Physics 12
  • Chemistry 11 (for engineering program only)
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • English or French 12
Ontario

Required courses:

  • Physics SPH4U
  • Chemistry SCH3U (for engineering program only)
  • Mathematics MCV4U or MHF4U
  • English ENG4U or French FRA4U
Prince Edward Island

Required courses:

  • Physics 621A
  • Chemistry 521A (for engineering program only)
  • English or French 621A
  • Mathematics 621B or 611B
Quebec

Required courses from secondary 5:

  • Physics 534 (053504)
  • Chemistry 534 (051504) (for engineering program only)
  • English or French (132506)
  • Math: Technical Science (064506) or Math: Natural Science (065506)
Saskatchewan

Required courses:

  • Physics 30
  • Pre-calculus 30
  • Physical Science 20
  • English or French A30 and B30

Current high school students

Current high school students must provide an up-to-date transcript of completed courses and proof of enrollment in Grade 12 or equivalent. We’ll accept the following as proof of enrollment:

  • your grade report
  • your class schedule
  • a letter from a guidance counsellor
  • your transcript with a list of pending courses

You will need to stay in touch throughout the school year, and provide us with

  • a mid-year grade report
  • an end of semester transcript
  • a final transcript at the end of the school year

High school graduates

You must provide a high school transcript and any post-secondary transcripts demonstrating you have met the course requirements for your province.

Upgrading course requirements

Applicants who are upgrading courses need to provide a high school transcript and proof of enrollment in the required courses.

Throughout your academic semester, you’ll need to submit a mid-year grade report and final transcript upon course completion.

Non-Canadian education systems

Applicants who were educated outside of Canada are required to meet the standards indicated in the Canadian education system. You must:

  • have the equivalent of a high school diploma
  • obtain a minimum final grade of 70% in the required courses:
    • physics 12
    • chemistry 11 (for engineering program only)
    • advanced math 12
    • English or French 12
  • provide a list of course subjects comparable to a Grade 12 level with equivalent credit values and grades

International equivalency reports can be obtained through the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials. We’ll accept any of the following:

  • comprehensive report
  • educational assessment
  • secondary school comprehensive report
  • secondary and postsecondary comprehensive report

Home schooling

Applicants who have been home schooled will be considered individually and must possess the equivalent of a high school diploma. You’ll need to provide a high school transcript showing that you have met our course prerequisites.

Current students must provide an up-to date transcript with proof of enrollment in these courses. Admissions may request course outlines and descriptions to ensure course content meets our educational requirements.

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