A range of maritime qualifications are available in New Zealand; from introductory level to those required when operating a vessel commercially. Learn about the qualifications and the application process.
We have consulted on seafarer certification (Qualifications and operational limits), with consultation closing on 29 March 2013. Further information can be found here.
Contact the licensing team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone +64 4 473 0111 between 0830 and 1530 hours, New Zealand Standard Time (NZST).
Engineering qualifications – guidelines and application forms
Deck qualifications – guidelines and application forms
Skipper qualifications – guidelines and application forms for the Local Launch Operator (LLO) and Inshore Launchmaster (ILM) qualifications
Jet boat drivers – Application form for existing NZ Commercial Jet Boat Driver (River) Licence holders
STCW-95 short courses – guidelines and application forms for the Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers ’95 short courses
Approved training providers run maritime courses on behalf of Maritime New Zealand.
List of approved training providers and the courses they run
New Zealand recognises many other administration’s maritime licences.
An examination permit is required by people seeking a seagoing qualification.
Examination permit – fees and application process
From early 2014, nearly all qualifications will need to be kept current through revalidation – a key change resulting from the QOL Review
Refer to our list of competency framework documents for new and STCW certificates.
From 2014, old and existing maritime qualifications will start being replaced by qualifications in the new Qualifications and Operational Limits Framework (QOLF).
Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about seafarer qualifications, including suspended seafarers information.
The proposed new framework for New Zealand's maritime qualifications and operational limits is now available, following a major qualifications and operational limits review (QOL Review).
Operators are reminded to be alert to the possibility of receiving forged certificates of competency for seafaring activities.
Should you have any concerns about the authenticity of documents you are presented with, MNZ is able to verify certification on your behalf. This service covers certificates issued within New Zealand and by foreign administrations.
If certificates are fraudulent, MNZ will investigate and, if appropriate, take enforcement action or refer the matter to Police.
The new seafarer certification system developed under SeaCert, the seafarer certification framework due to be introduced in 2014, will allow MNZ to strengthen its already robust security and fraud deterrence measures to prevent and detect document forgery and other fraudulent practices.
MNZ has a responsibility under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (or STCW) to be vigilant about the possibility of fraud and report any findings to the International Maritime Organization.