24-10 – Tender and ORCA Officer-in-Charge Training

Cadet Administrative and Training Orders (CATOs)

1. This order should be read in conjunction with the following references:

  1. DRAFT Tender Officer-in-Charge Qualification Standard and Plan (OPI VENTURE NOTC);
  2. Maritime Command Order (MARCORD) 9-50; and
  3. DRAFT ORCA Officer-in-Charge Qualification Standard and Plan (OPI VENTURE NOTC).


2. This order prescribes the policies and procedures governing candidates selected for Tender Officer-in-Charge (TOIC) and ORCA Class training.

3. The aim of this policy is to ensure that tender vessel operators are trained in sufficient numbers to meet the operational needs of Sea Cadet Summer Training Centres (SCSTC) as well as Nationally Directed Activities (NDAs) while ensuring a maximum return on the resources invested in this training program.

TOIC Training

4. The policies and procedures governing candidates selected for TOIC are found at Annex A of this order.

ORCA Class TOIC Training

5. The policies and procedures governing candidates selected for ORCA class OIC are found at Annex B of this order.

Regional Quota Allocation

6. The regional allocation of billets will be determined by the Director Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers (D Cdts & JCR) and will consider the operational requirements of SCSTCs and NDAs. Regions will ensure that these operational needs are identified to D Cdts 4.

Personnel Development for the National Pool

7. D Cdts 6 will liaise with SSO Sea Cadets to identify requirement for OICs to meet the aims of the Sea Cadet program, while at the same time offering training opportunities, which will ensure the long-term sustainability of the pool. D Cdts 6 will be responsible for the coordination of training and management of personnel until they are TOIC and/or ORCA certified, at which time they will be placed in the National Pool and managed by D Cdts 4.

8. The top candidates on TOIC courses may be offered an opportunity to obtain their ORCA OIC qualification. Candidates who elect to do so will be required to serve at HMCS QUADRA, regardless of their region of origin. Candidates will serve at on board ORCA class vessels where they will gain the required experience and will be progressively assessed on their ORCA class command potential.

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Management of Personnel in the National Pool

9. Personnel qualified TOIC and ORCA OIC will be placed in a nationally managed pool such that they can be employed in sea going billets at various SCSTCs or NDAs. Graduates of either course will not necessarily be employed within their parent region if the skills they have obtained through the training are required elsewhere.

10. With D Cdts & JCR approval, selected personnel may be employed as instructors for TOIC and ORCA OIC training.

TOIC Selection Process

11. D Cdts 6 will be responsible for the selection of candidates. Although this is not an employment competition, it is a selection process where candidates are to provide a resume and relevant experience as outlined in Annexes A and B to allow D Cdts 6 to determine the most suitable candidates. Each Region is required to forward a prioritized list of candidates to the CIC Training Coordinator, D Cdts 6-3-4 at dates to be promulgated annually.

12. TOIC selection will be made by D Cdts 6 within the 15 days following the application deadline. Regions and selected candidates will then be notified and provided with joining instructions and course management details.

ORCA Class TOIC Selection Process

13. D Cdts 6 will select candidates for ORCA training when billets become available. Regions will then be notified accordingly.

Service Commitment

14. Given the considerable length of tender training, the resources and cost associated with this type of training, candidates will be required to make a commitment, in writing, confirming their availability to undergo tender training and then actively work onboard tenders for a period of at least three years. During this period of time, employment will normally consist of:

  1. Class B employment at SCSTCs during the summer;
  2. Class A employment throughout the year (i.e. NDAs); and
  3. Short term Class A or Class B training opportunities as they become available throughout the year.

15. A form outlining these requirements and acknowledging the level of commitment will be sent to selected candidates for completion prior to the start of training.

16. Completion of ORCA class OIC training does not require additional commitment beyond the initial three years. Service as Tender and/or ORCA OIC will count to fulfill the three-year service commitment.


Annex A

Tender Officer-in-Charge Training

Annex B

ORCA Class Officer-in-Charge Training

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OPID Cdts 6

Date: Feb 09

Amendment: Original

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