Endorsements for national certificates

Find information on Endorsements for national certificates, including how to apply and pay for certificates, and where to find more help.

The following endorsements are issued for national certificates listed under Subpart B of Maritime Rule 32:

  • Passenger endorsement
  • SRL Cook Strait endorsement
  • SRL endorsed to 24m
  • SRL endorsed for 500GT
  • SRL endorsed for 500–3000GT
  • Specified activity endorsement
  • Square-rig sailing
  • High-speed ship

Some endorsements last for the duration of the certificate they are attached to, while others have their own expiry date and must be separately renewed as indicated in the guideline.



For each endorsement, the requirements and how to prove that you meet them, are explained in the full guideline below.

Endorsements for national certificates [PDF: 213kB, 21 pages] Required knowledge for Cook Strait endorsement [pdf: 30Kb, 6 PAGES]



The application fee for this certificate is $368, which includes goods and services tax (GST).


Application process

This is the application process for this certificate of competency.

1. Do you meet all the requirements?

  • You need to check that you meet all of the requirements for this certificate.
  • Apply for pre-assessment of your sea service time if you are unsure about meeting the sea service requirements.

2. Do you have the documents we need?

You need to prove that you meet the requirements. Include all of the documents we have asked for with your application form. Use the checklist in the guideline to help you.

Remember we need copies, not the originals.

3. Send us your application by courier or email

There are two options for you to send your application:

  1. Send your application by email, attaching the scanned documents. The application form has information about the requirements for electronic copies.
  2. Use a courier to send us your completed application forms, supporting documents.

The addresses are on the application form.

4. Confirmation and/or request sent

We will send you an email or letter to confirm that we have received your application and advise you of any documents we need from you before we can assess your application.

We must receive your payment before we can finalise your application.

5. Assessment and payment of application fee

Once you have sent us all the documents we need, we will assess your application and make a decision. This will usually take 20 working days (about a month) from the time we let you know that we have received your application.

We will send you an invoice with your reference number and information on how to pay the application fee once we begin the assessment. Please note we cannot release your certificate unless payment has been received.

6. Issue certificate

We will send you:

  • your certificate, if your application has been successful, or
  • a letter or email explaining why your application was unsuccessful.


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


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