Shipyard Labourer (Occupational Certificate)

Shipyard Labourers provide a variety of services in the shipbuilding and repair industry, including cleaning the yard, materials delivery, setting up for specified work on a vessel, preparing vessel surfaces, performing fire watch and hole watch duties, assisting in docking and undocking vessels and assisting other shipyard workers and trades as required.

The Challenge Pathway for Shipyard Labourer provides skilled workers with an alternative to the traditional route to certification. In addition to submitting an application, the pathway involves an ITA-registered assessor assessing the performance of the Challenger who must meet the Occupational Performance Standards  set by industry. The Challenger receives an Occupational Certificate after demonstrating sufficient evidence of competency against these standards.

Program Updates:

The Assessment Agency for the program, IMTARC will start receiving applications as of 1st December 2013. Please contact IMTARC on telephone number 778-265-5005 and by email on to arrange your assessment. Note: there is a $400 assessment fee which is payable to IMTARC following approval of your application.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
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Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
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