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.