Answering the Call of the Sea at the Canadian Coast Guard College

Two Coast Guard ships

Answering the Call of the Sea at the Canadian Coast Guard College

 
A group of officer cadets enjoys a meal at an outdoor table

Why choose the Officer Training Program

 

Benefits of the program are received in the understanding that an Officer Cadet gives a commitment to serve with the Canadian Coast Guard for a period of time after graduation.

 

Officer cadets learning to drive a rigid hull inflatable boat

The Cape Rescue: a search and rescue lifeboat

If you are selected for the Canadian Coast Guard Officer Training Program, you will receive:

  • Paid education
  • Textbooks
  • Training costs
  • Room and board
  • Coast Guard uniforms
  • Two periods of practical sea training
  • Federal Public Servant Benefits:
    • Medical and Dental plans
    • Four weeks of annual leave
    • Pensionable service during four-year training program
    • A monthly allowance

Upon graduation you will receive:

  • A Bachelor of Technology in Nautical Sciences from Cape Breton University
  • A diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College
  • Commercial Certification recognized by Transport Canada
  • Continued employment with the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Opportunities for career advancement both at sea and ashore