Skipper Fishing Vessel – Unlimited (SFV-U)
Your SFV-U certificate is valid for five years.
With this certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of master on a fishing vessel of any size in any operating area. This is the highest-level command certificate for a fishing vessel.
From SFV-U, you may progress to officer certificates for non-fishing vessels.
Before you spend time doing sea service and training, we recommend you check that you can meet the medical fitness and eyesight standards (including for colour vision), and that you understand the fit and proper person requirements.
To get this certificate, you need to prove that you meet all of the requirements. In summary, you need to:
- be medically fit and have good eyesight
- be of good character and a fit and proper person
- have a certificate of competency as Mate Fishing Vessel – Unlimited or equivalent
- prove you have met the minimum sea service requirements
- complete and pass an approved training course
- have the required ancillary certificates and the STCW Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) certificate of competency
- pass MNZ’s final exam.
You must also have English conversation, reading and writing skills appropriate to the responsibilities and functions for the level of your certificate, so that you can satisfactorily complete training, pass examinations and discharge your duties.
Each of these requirements and how to prove that you meet them is explained in the full guideline below.Skipper Fishing Vessel – Unlimited (SFV-U)[PDF: 256Kb, 23 pages]
The fee for this certificate is NZ$774, which includes goods and services tax (GST)
If applicable, the sea service pre-assessment fee is $398, including GST. With pre-assessment, the application fee is reduced to $467, including GST.
How to apply
These steps provide a basic overview of how to apply for Skipper Fishing Vessel – Unlimited (SFV-U).
To complete an application, you need to provide all of the information and documents we require.
If you do not provide all of the required information we cannot process your application and we will return it and your other documents to you.
Contact us for more help
If you have any questions about seafarer certification, please contact our Personnel Certification team.
New Zealand (toll free):
0508 SEACERT or 0508 732 237
Calling from outside New Zealand:
+64 4 473 0111
Call Personnel Certification now
Tell us what you need help with and remember to include your contact details (email address and phone numbers).
For more help about moving your old certificate into SeaCert, download and read this guideline
Transitioning to new certificates
[PDF: 241Kb, 15 pages]