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Admissions Process for International Students

When you choose to study in Canada you know your education will be highly regarded. Today students have many options when it comes to education. A popular choice for training is a Private Career College. Maritime Environmental Training Institute is an excellent choice for anyone looking for career-based training. To see Why METI? see our Programs page. METI is in the heart of Sydney, Nova Scotia on beautiful Cape Breton Island. In 2011, Cape Breton Island was named the “#1 island destination in Canada and #3 in the world” by Travel & Leisure Magazine and was also named one of National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2013.”


Your first step should be to visit to learn about studying in Canada and what permits/visa’s you may need or should have. You must meet all criteria necessary for regular program entrance as well as International Requirements.

  1. Submit a completed application form (Download and Print) completed education equivalent to or higher than a Nova Scotia High School or a two year post secondary program
  2. Submit a current resume
  3. Confirmation of high school diploma. (Must be in English)
  4. Documentation confirming date of birth. – your passport is acceptable
  5. Picture Identification – your passport is acceptable
  6. Proof of English Language if your education was not taught in English

Once you have submitted your application a member of the Admissions Team will be in contact with you informing you of any missing documents and the next step needed. They will also inform you how to submit your application fee ($500). All fees must be made in Canadian Dollars. The application fee is non-refundable, but should you attend METI it will be applied to your tuition cost. You may be asked to provide information regarding your ability to meet financial obligations of your studies. After all entrance requirements have been met, including the application fee, an Acceptance Letter will then be provided so you can begin preparing to study at METI.

METI is a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Our DLI number is O112783108317. This can be verified here. All instruction carried out at METI is in English. If English is not you first language, a transcript to show proof of your level of English studies is required. METI accepts testing results from Education Testing Services of Canada at require a minimum TOEFL test score of 550 (paper version) or 213 (computer version) or 80 on the Internet-based test. If English training is required, you will be required to successfully complete an English as a Second Language Program. Upon successful completion of this program, you may then reapply for admission. METI programs are less than 6 months in duration. Generally, students may only require a valid temporary resident Visa that does not expire prior to the study period end date. It is important to know that graduates from any private career college, are currently not eligible to receive a Post Graduate Work Permit upon completion of their studies.

These admissions requirements apply to all students wishing to study at METI who are not Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. The financial obligations of your tuition are met with two equal payments; the first day of training and the second payment due at the half way mark of your training. Should your country of origin require full tuition payment, this requirement may supersede METI’s policy. Our Admissions team is here to help you with any questions you have. Contact us at 902-539-9766 or email

Living In Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Becoming a student at METI and living in Sydney gives you a quality education and the opportunity spend some time on our world renowned island. In 2011 in Cape Breton Island was named the “#1 island destination in Canada and #3 in the world” by Travel & Leisure Magazine and was also named one of National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2013.” A rugged coastline, fresh Atlantic breezes and a relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for anyone needing to take a weekend break from daily studies.

Cape Breton is richly steeped in its Scottish and Irish heritage but was once the ‘Melting Pot’ of Atlantic Canada. Industries were rich in coal and steel. Through this we have a culturally rich population of French, Polish, Italian, Croatians, African Nova Scotians, Ukrainian, Lebanese and our earliest settlers, Mi’kmaq.

You will find an island of magnificent natural beauty yet very modern. We have a full array of shops, restaurants, services, entertainment and amenities. Music is a large part of our cultural background. Sydney is surrounded by many smaller communities, each one offering its own uniqueness to an interested person. Around every corner it seems there is a beach! One thing remains the same living in Sydney or wherever you are in Cape Breton…the people are the friendliest.

Sydney is home to the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport (YQY), only a ten-minute drive from Sydney. Please note that flying into Halifax, requires a four hour drive to Sydney. Taxi fares from this location would be expensive so we recommend flying to Sydney. Your travel documentation and passport will be asked for at the airport. Keep them on you and not packed in a suitcase.

And of course, you are probably wondering about the weather! The climate in Cape Breton is moderate. Our beautiful summers and autumns make up for the colder winters with average snowfall amounts. The typical weather pattern in Cape Breton includes cool, snowy winters (especially in the highlands region); mild, wet springs; warm, breezy summers; and wet, blustery autumns full of magnificent fall foliage.


METI does not maintain a student residence therefore it is the student’s responsibility to secure accommodations for their study period. There are a lot of safe, affordable and welcoming options when choosing a residence.

For more information about Cape Breton Island, visit


Aerial view of Sydney.

A view from the Skyline on the Cabot Trail.

A beautiful fall day on the Cabot Trail overlooking the Highlands National Park.

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Have a question?

Call us at (902) 539-9766, or send us an email:
Or Stop by our Sydney Campus at 301 Alexandra Street, Sydney.

Quick Contact


Jamie Buist

I would like to thank METI for the great SAIA scaffold course they put on.  I was able to find work right here in Sydney thanks, METI.
Derek Gouthro – I just received a call from Kiewit (scaffolding).  Thank you,
everyone at M.E.T.I.!

Jamie Buist

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Chad Johnston – Nov 2018:

Hey folks just finishing up my scaffolding course great course to take all the
instructors great people! Big shout out to Gerard, Chris, uncle Harold, Paul, and Brian for making this experience a good one, excellent course folks high
recommend it!

Chad Johnston

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Jolene MacNeil – June 2016: 

As a recent graduate of the SAIA (Scaffold and Access Industry Association) Program (June, 2016) as well as the Environmental Health and Safety Program (fall, 2015).

I just wanted to thank all the dedicated staff at METI, especially Gerard Jessome, for passing along their infinite knowledge, skills and contacts during my training. With Gerard’s assistance, I was offered a position with Brock Canada Field Services immediately following the
completion of my course. As a “mature” female student who has never worked in the oil and gas industry, I believe this opportunity presented itself on the basis of the excellent training provided by METI, and the respect they have earned for producing well qualified graduates. Keep up the great work!

Jolene MacNeil

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Liam MacNeil – July 2018:

I’d like to thank everyone at METI for the great SAIA Pre-Employment program. Got a job with Redi-Energy on Suncor’s Fort Hills site before the course was even over!

Awesome program, everything we learned in class is being applied daily. Special thanks to Gerard Jessome for being a great instructor and helping me get a job.

Liam MacNeil

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Elmer Haan  – Sept 2017: 

Program Manager

METI has been providing excellent service, and reliable training for CLAC for many years. Their diverse course offerings, from ESC certifications to SAIA Pre-Employment and journeyperson scaffold training has proven to be extremely valuable to us. Our continued strong relationship with METI allows CLAC members to access training in Eastern Canada. METI instructors are knowledgeable and have shown a real passion for ensuring our members are trained to the highest industry standards. Brian Carrier reviewed METI Maritime Environmental Training Institute — 5 star May 11, 2018. I attended METI's courses and I am very satisfied with the training they gave me. I would like to thank my instructor Gerard Jessome providing me with quality training. I am now a 3rd year scaffolder soon to be journeyman.

METI has been with me every step of the way and has been instrumental in my success. Within 2 months of completing the program, I had found employment. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work for Quinn Construction at 28$ per hour. Then I worked for PCL as a second year for 36$ per hour. Then I became third year with a salary of 38,75$ per hour. I am now working for AEcom with an hourly rate of 36$. The drop-in wage aside, with my overtime hours, my income has remained the same.

Thanks to METI, I went from having a job to having a career I am proud of.

Elmer Haan

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Mark Callaghan – Sept 2017: 

Project Coordinator
Panels and Pipes Mechanical Services

We have developed a great relationship with METI and their Pre-Employment Scaffolding Program over the past five years. Numerous graduates have been employed by Panels and Pipes and are always very well prepared to begin their careers as Scaffolders. They are well trained, knowing and understanding the basics of scaffolding and how to construct it safely. Along with their SAIA Scaffolding accreditation and added safety certifications METI graduates are always on the top of our list when hiring new Scaffolders.

Mark Callaghan

Pre-Employment Scaffold Program

Keith MacIntyre

This program is hands down the best in the industry. The
training I received prepared me for just about every situation I ran into when I began working in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. I could answer questions without hesitation, and put my words into action. I worked from an entry level safety watch position to a team lead position in my first year, by the end of my third year in the oil patch I was an HSEQ Manager overseeing several sites.

Keith MacIntyre

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Leigh Blinkhorn – June 2017:

When I graduated from the EHST program in 2011, I immediately started work as a Health and Safety Advisor with Commissioning Group. From there, I worked with Kentz, MMR, and KFFT.

My employers were so impressed with the caliber of my training and the working knowledge that I possessed, that they funded further training for me (Tap Root investigation, etc.). I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to teach this program. Their support continued long after I left METI.

Leigh Blinkhorn

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Donna Lea Kehoe – Jan 2018:

In 2015 I had no job, no prospects and not very much self confidence, when I was told about METIs environmental tech. course by Jean Chisholm of Nova Scotia Works. I graduated in July 2015 with alot of tickets but no real idea of what to do with what I had. After many closed doors METI invited me to a job fair for Sulzer Chemtech. After working for them for the last 2 years, I got married in April, I just bought my very first new car and I hope to be in my own home sometime in the not to distant future. I loved my experience at METI & I love my job with Sulzer.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Donna Lea Kehoe

Environmental Health Safety Technician

Jay Budd – July 2018:

After fulfilling my Environmental Health and Safety Technicians Diploma in
February, I was recently hired on in Saint John, NB with a contracted company, working at the Irving Oil Refinery as a Safety Coordinator! They were very impressed with the number of courses I graduated with. They give you the hands- on experience and plenty of courses you need to get to where ever it is you may want to be! So grateful to have taken this course and highly recommend it to anyone who would like to get into the Safety field!!

Thank you METI

Jay Budd

Environmental Health Safety Technician