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Seafarer Certification (SeaCert)



Maritime NZ wants to hear from seafarers and others in the maritime industry about proposed changes to the SeaCert certification framework, including changes that would make it easier for those with some older certificates to continue working. The consultation will run until 7 June, with a series of public meetings planned around the country from mid-May.

Find out more about the consultation »

About SeaCert

SeaCert is the seafarer certification framework for Maritime New Zealand’s national and international certificates of competency and proficiency and endorsements.

For more information about SeaCert, read the brochure: SeaCert – Your Guide

Guidelines are available with information about:

  • seafarer certificates and endorsements
  • transition from old certificates to new
  • renewal of seafarer certificates
  • training and prior learning
  • recognition of foreign certificates.

Other guidelines cover the requirements for ancillary certificates, sea service, medical and eyesight tests, watchkeeping, minimum safe crewing, fees and progression to higher-level certificates.

You can refer to the framework document for a condensed guide to SeaCert, including details of where seafarers can operate in local and international waters:

If you can’t find the information you need, please contact MNZ and ask for the Seafarer Certification team:

New Zealand (toll free): 0508 SEACERT or 0508 732 237

Calling from outside New Zealand: +64 4 473 0111


Send us an email: Tell us what you need help with and remember to include your contact details (email address and phone numbers).


Transition – moving from old certificates to new

From 1 April 2014, old and existing maritime certificates are being replaced by certificates in the SeaCert system.

Renewal of seafarer certificates

From 1 April 2014, nearly all seafarer certificates need to be kept current through renewal (previously referred to as ‘revalidation’).

Sea service

Find out how MNZ administers the sea service operating requirements for New Zealand certificates of competency and proficiency, and for some endorsements.

Approved training

MNZ's new training framework has been developed to ensure New Zealand-trained and certified seafarers have the required competencies, skills, and experience to meet New Zealand education standards.

Recognition of foreign certificates

New Zealand recognises many other administrations' maritime licences.

All seafarer certificates

More about SeaCert

SeaCert provides:

  • a clear and up-to-date framework that will meet current and future industry needs
  • a straightforward entry process and practical progression system for seafarers
  • portability and easy recognition of seafarer certificates
  • a competency-based system and robust final examination framework
  • close alignment with STCW near-coastal provisions and STCW-F
  • clearly defined operating limits
  • a safety-based standard coastal limit.

For further information, refer to the following advisory circulars: