Recognition of foreign certificates

To work on a New Zealand-flagged ship, you will need to have your certificate recognised by MNZ as an equivalent to a New Zealand certificate or endorsement.

How to apply for recognition

Recognition depends on the certificate or endorsement type and where it was issued. If you hold:

Due to differences between certification frameworks:

  • it may not be possible to match the exact privileges of your certificate or endorsement
  • a New Zealand recognition cannot grant privileges that are greater than those of your original certificate

If your certificate has no clear New Zealand equivalent, then you will need to contact MNZ to determine whether any of your prior learning can be recognised towards the training programme for the New Zealand certificate.

Recognising prior learning

SeaCert background

Read about the background of SeaCert and its aims to provide competency-based systems that better suit seafarers in NZ.

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