Delays for the New “SVOP”
Delays with regulatory process means that the new SVO certification will not be available until 2024 (at the earliest).
Transport Canada has proposed some changes to the Small Vessel Operator training regime (currently the SVOP certificate). The validity of SVO certifications may be extended to operators of larger vessels (up to 12 meters long). Nothing is finalized yet, but here’s what we know so far:
1. Any changes to the SVOP course will not come into effect until 2024 (or later!)
2. Existing SVOP certificates will still be valid, but holders may have to take additional courses if they want to operate larger vessels (more than 5GT, less than 12m)
3. The SVOP course will probably be a few hours longer