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The apprentice officers’ first sea training gives them an opportunity to be full-fledged crew members and to validate their career choice. Without our industry partners, our students would not be able to acquire the experience at sea required by the Regulations.

Partners in Success

The IMQ counts on the collaboration of many Canadian and international shipping companies for its students’ sea training.

By taking apprentice officers on board their ships, these companies:

  • help offer specific training to the new generation of mariners within their company;
  • begin a staffing process by training new candidates in their company’s procedures and policies;
  • maintain a long tradition of passing on marine-related knowledge;
  • enable students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom.

Affiliation Agreement (contract)

When a company agrees to take IMQ apprentice officers on board, it becomes a training partner and an affiliation agreement, stipulating the conditions agreed to, is signed by both parties.

This agreement contains the roles and responsibilities of the company, the officers on board its ships and the IMQ. The contract is valid until one of the parties decides to terminate it.

IMQ’s Obligations to the Partner Company

  • Plan sea training in conjunction with the company, specifically: number of berths on board available, signing on/signing off terms and conditions, and apprentice officer replacement;
  • Before boarding, send an e-copy of documents required by the apprentice officer under the Regulations and company policy;
  • Give participating marine-sector companies a description of the learning activities’ specific goals and the sea training evaluation procedure. This information is contained in this document and in the training manual;
  • Provide any technical assistance required by company staff responsible for supervising apprentice officers’ sea training;
  • Pay the company $20 CAN/day per apprentice officer to cover administrative costs, expenses related to supervision, practical activities, use of equipment for training purposes, services to apprentice officers and signing on costs;
  • If necessary, help pay for return airfare.

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Partner Company’s Obligations to the IMQ and its Apprentice Officers

  • As soon as possible, ideally 6 to 8 weeks before the planned sea training, confirm the approximate signing on dates and number of berths on board available to the IMQ:
    • Number of berths on board for Marine Engineering students;
    • Number of berths on board for Navigation students.
  • Supervise apprentice officers’ learning in keeping with contract provisions;
  • Follow the training manual’s instructions concerning apprentice officers’ work as well as those of any other special agreement, if applicable;
  • When apprentice officers sign on, inform them of the ship’s rules (basic and operating);
  • Allow apprentice officers to use available equipment on board and to participate in different ship maintenance and operations-related tasks;
  • Contact the IMQ Sea Training Coordinator to prevent problems during sea training and before suspending an apprentice officer;
  • Provide apprentice officers at sea with food and board during sea training.

If there are any problems with the apprentice officer, it is important that the sea training coordinator be advised as soon as possible.