BC Marine Service Technician

Marine Service Technicians (MSTs) are usually employed by marinas, repair yards, boat builders and specialty marine businesses that provide equipment, repair, and maintenance services. They have technical training in almost every aspect of vessel servicing and several years of experience in the industry.  

Quadrant developed the British Columbia MST apprenticeship training program to expose trainees to all aspects of the repair and maintenance of recreational and small commercial vessels. Specialization comes with practical skill development in the workplace.

The MST training program covers 12 areas of study and emphasizes practical skill through competency based training and assessment. Our instructors are marine industry experts with extensive experience in their particular fields.


More about the Program

The program is delivered in four levels (usually years) in evening classes from September to May at our facilities in Sidney or Vancouver. Apprentices are expected to attend all scheduled classes, participate in hands-on workshops and complete weekly homework assignments. Aside from weekly class time, study and homework will take one or two hours. 

Apprentices in the MST trade in BC must be employed in the recreational marine industry, and be sponsored by an industry employer or an organization connected with the industry. The employer is responsible for monitoring the apprentice's progress and reporting it through Workplace Performance Reports. Employers must be willing and able to permit the apprentice to learn skills by assigning tasks that are commonly done within the company’s range of operations and are appropriate to the elective competencies.

Students pass a series of level exams held during the training season. Following the fourth level, apprentices must also pass the ITA "Certificate of Qualifications" examination before being certified as a journeyperson in the trade.

Technical training is only one part of the program. The MST apprenticeship is competency based. In consultation with their sponsor, apprentices choose 6 advanced competencies from a list of 61 options. During the program every apprentice demonstrates their ability to complete typical industry projects in the workplace safely, economically and to industry standards. 

Training Opportunities Outside BC

In June 2013 Quadrant entered into a collaborative agreement with the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA) to use our extensive training resources package for a new Marine Service Technician apprenticeship in the Canadian maritime provinces. The new trade was certified by the Province of Nova Scotia in 2012. NSBA has full access to Quadrant's latest training program materials, with consultation and information-sharing to grow and improve workplace competency assessment from coast-to-coast.


Contact us to explore training and collaboration opportunities.

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NEW: Marine Service Industry Bursary

The 2019-2020 Bursary is sponsored by the Boating BC Association. Applications are reviewed by a joint committee from Quadrant and Boating BC and will be prioritized based on a strong career commitment and justification of financial need.

Bursaries are awarded at the sole discretion of the committee and all decisions are final. The maximum value of any single bursary is $1,000.

Successful applicants will be issued funds directly upon approval of their application. The availability and monetary value of the bursaries are subject to change based on funding partnerships and Quadrant reserves the right to change the value and eligibility without notice.

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  • Students must be registered with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA BC) and Quadrant Marine Institute for the Marine Service Technician Apprenticeship Training Program.

  • All 4 levels of training are eligible (levels 1 through 4).

  • Students registered in any of the 3 training locations—Nanaimo, Sidney, or Vancouver—are eligible.

2019/2020 Submission Deadlines

Nanaimo Level 1`& Level 2 (Fall/Winter 2019/2020 start)

  • Submission date: 30 August 2019

  • Notification date: 3o September

Sidney Level 1 to Level 4 (September 2019 start)

  • Submission date: 31 July 2019

  • Notification date: 09 August

Vancouver Level 1 to Level 4 (September 2019 start)

  • Submission date: 31 July 2019

  • Notification date: 09 August

All applications must be complete in order to be considered. Submissions must be received by 4:00pm on the deadline by mail, courier or email:

Quadrant Marine Institute

#7 – 2300 Canoe Cove Road

Sidney, BC V8L 3X9