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"NEW" Small Vessel Operator (SVO) Certificate

Big changes are coming later in 2017 as Transport Canada changes their certification requirements for small commercial vessel Masters operating vessels from 5 Gross Tonnes to 12 metres in Near Coastal Voyage, Class 2 or Sheltered Waters. The SVOP is a Training Certificate (and will remain valid), wheras the SVO will be a Certifiied of Competency which will remain valid as long as your First Aid is valid. When the SVO is introduced in 2017, there will be four modules.

Basic Module is 24-hours long and mandatory (except for those with a SVOP training certificate).
Passenger Module is mandatory for small passenger vessels and is an addional 6-hours training.
Fishing Module is mandatory for fishing vessels and is an additional 6-hours training.
Tug Module is mandatory for tugs and also requires two-months of sea service on tugs.

SVOP is going to be replaced by the SVO Certificate of Competency, however SVOP training certificates will remain valid indefinitely. When upgrading to the SVO, persons who have obtained the SVOP will be given a credit equal to the Basic Module in the SVO course.

Small Vessel Operator Certificate of Competency (SVO CoC)
The SVO CoC program will be structured so that all candidates will cover the Basic Module consisting of 34-hours over 4-days of training covering similar material to the SVOP - but in much greater detail. The other training modules will be specific to either Passenger, Fishing, or Tugs.

The process for receiving the SVO will require presenting the following four training certificates to the Transport Canada Marine Safety Examiner:
1 - Marine Basic First Aid Certificate
2 - MED A3 training certificate
3 - Restricted Operator Certificate (ROC-M) mimimum licence required for operating marine radio
4 - SVO Training Certificate

Changes to CDN (Candidate Document Number)

The requirement for a candidate to hold a CDN number, prior to complete a training course, does not justify the additional workload encounter by each TC offices and Recognized Institute. Therefore, Transport Canada has decided to discontinue this practice.

Effective immediately students will no longer need to obtain a CDN prior to completing the following courses:
- All Marine (Basic/Advanced) First Aid Courses and
- All Marine Emergency Duty (MED) training, both STCW & domestic, including Small Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (including MED A3) and SVOP.

It should be understood that canditates wishing to obtain a Certificate of Competency and a Certificate of Proficiency will continue to make CDN application at one of TC offices.

We have now been advised that Transport Canada will not be implementing the changes until mid 2017. We will therefore proceed with the courses already scheduled as follows:

MED A3 Nov 12th, 2017

SVOP Nov 13th-16th, 2017

ROCM Nov 14th-16th, 2017

When the changes are implemented, individuals may upgrade their SVOP to the new SVO CoC by taking a one day supplemental module which will be offered in our courses to be scheduled for Nov/Dec 2017.

Space in the courses is limited and courses fill up fast. If you wish to reserve a place in the courses, send an email to and give your full name, address and phone number and indicate which courses you want to attend. Then, use the “Online Payment for Course Registration” button below for payment.

If you are registering for the MED A3 only the cost is $240.00 plus HST.

If you are registering for just the SVOP the cost is $660.00 plus HST.

If you are registering for the ROC M the cost is $240.00 plus HST

Course Registration

MED A3 Nov 12th, 2017 Starts at 9:00 am

SVOP Nov 13th-16th, 2017 Starts at 9:00 am

ROC-M Nov 14th-16th, 2017 Starts at 5:00 pm

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