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Seafarer Certification (SeaCert)



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In response to industry queries, Maritime NZ is urgently considering whether rule changes are necessary to ease the transition into SeaCert, particularly for seafarers holding older and legacy certificates. Options being considered include ring-fencing or grandparenting those certificates. To enable us to assess these options we would like all holders of older and legacy certificates to register their details with our Policy team.

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Christmas processing times

During the run up to the Christmas period, MNZ experiences a larger-than-usual volume of seafarer applications.  We are therefore prioritising applications for people who have provided all of the required documents before Friday 27 November. We are making every effort  to issue these applicants with certificates prior to Christmas.*  However, we cannot guarantee that all certificates will be issued before MNZ closes for the Christmas and New Year break.  For certificates issued up to Friday 18 December, applicants will receive notification by email.  To ensure documents do not go astray over the Christmas break, certificates will not be couriered after 18 December 2015.

*MNZ’s offices will be closed from midday Thursday 24 December 2015 and will reopen on Tuesday 5 January 2016. During this period, seafarer certification services will not be available. There will be a reduced number of staff available for processing seafarer applications until 31 January 2016.


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.

Training and prior learning

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: