This course and its contents are based on the S.C.V. Code (Small Commercial Vessel Code). The syllabus and model training course has been prepared by the I.M.O. (International Maritime Organization) for vessels in the Caribbean.


The students will develop skills in seamanship, boat handling, basic navigation, meteorology, communication, emergency procedures and small engine repair.

Target group/s

The course is designed for mariners who operate open vessels in protected waters.

Duration & Delivery

Duration of this course is 10 days, classes are from 08:00 to 16:00 hrs. and includes a one day diesel engine maintenance and troubleshooting session. A combination of lectures, demonstrations, models and videos will be utilized.




This course is modular and consists of the following:

  • Local Knowledge and Regulations
  • Seamanship
  • Boat Handling
  • Emergency Situations
  • Passenger Safety
  • Prevention of Pollution
  • Electronic Aids to Navigation
  • Weather
  • Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea
  • Chartwork
  • Legal Responsibilities towards Passengers and Seafarers
  • Basic Knowledge of Vessel Construction and Stability
  • Engineering Knowledge

COURSE REQUIREMENTS                                                                                           

– All participants must complete full course hours in order to receive a certificate of completion.


Upon successful completion of all training requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Institute and will be eligible to receive a License of Boat Master Grade II from the Maritime Services Division.  


After completion of this course, a written evaluation will be administered to ascertain feedback from all participants. Your comments are greatly appreciated as they can help us improve our service.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for course to be considered


Attained a minimum age of 17 years

Basic Skills

Basic Literacy skills


Two (2) form of Identification (Drivers Permit/License, Passport, ID Card and or Birth Certificate)

One (1) Passport sized photograph (Photos must have white background).

Additional Requirements

Boat Master III Certificate or Launch Captain’s License and Certificate of Captaincy.

Steps To Follow

1 - Gather Documents

Gather required documents and get scanned copies of each document.

  1. Two (2) forms of Identification (Drivers Permit/License, Passport, ID Card and or Birth Certificate)
  2. One (1) Passport sized photograph (Photos must have white background). You can do a selfie shot.
  3. For the course Basic Training a valid Medical Form
  4. For those that are upgrading or re-validating require a valid Basic Training Certificate 
  5. See list of courses that require a valid Basic Training Certificate to be submitted

2 - Register

Register online or bring your documents and register at the office.

3 - Wait for Contact

Once your application is completed and approved, an officer will contact you regarding attending the class

4 - Make Payment

Once your registration has been approved, you will be given instructions on making a payment.

5 - Attend Scheduled Class

Attend all the scheduled classes and pass exams

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply to take courses at CFTDI?

You can apply online, call or come in to our offices for information.

Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute

Western Main Road, Chaguaramas,

Trinidad, W.I.

Telephone: (868) 634-4276/1635


How are classes delivered?

Courses are delivered via blended learning. Practical classes are taught physically on location at the institute and theory classes are provided online.

Do I have to be a national of Trinidad and Tobago?

No. Once you meet the basic requirements for entry you will be able to qualify.

Is there parking available for students on the campus?

Yes and parking is free.

"Providing Training in the Maritime & Fishing Industry"

An Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.