Mate Fishing Vessel – Limited (MFV)

Find information on training, sea service and other requirements for the MFV certificate, including how to apply and pay for your certificate, and where to find more help.

Your MFV certificate is valid for five years.

With this certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of:

  • a mate on fishing vessels of less than 45 metres overall length operating in inshore fishing limits and in limited waters
  • a navigational watchkeeper on fishing vessels of any length operating in unlimited waters.

From MFV, you can progress to Skipper Fishing Vessel – Limited (SFV) or to fishing certificates in the unlimited area. You may also 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:

  • prove you have met the minimum sea service requirements
  • complete and pass an approved qualification for MFV
  • have current ancillary certificates and general radiotelephone operator’s certificate (GROC)
  • pass Maritime NZ’s final exam
  • prove that you are a fit and proper person
  • be medically fit and have good eyesight
  • be at least 18 years old.

Each of these requirements and how to prove that you meet them is explained in the full guideline below.

Mate Fishing Vessel – Limited (MFV)[PDF: 252Kb, 21 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.

Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about seafarer certification, please contact our Personnel Certification team.


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0508 SEACERT or 0508 732 237

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