Master Yacht less than 24 metres

Find information on training, sea service and other requirements for the Master Yacht less than 24m certificate, including how to apply and pay for your certificate, and where to find more help.

Your Master Yacht <24m certificate is valid for five years.

With this certificate, you can perform a master’s functions and duties within restricted, coastal and offshore limits on sailing ships of less than 24m carrying 12 or fewer passengers. You must have a passenger endorsement if the ship is carrying more than 12 passengers, and a square-rigged endorsement if operating a square-rigged ship.

From Master Yacht <24m, you can progress to the STCW (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) certificates for Chief Mate and Master on yachts over 24m operating in any area.


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.

A summary of the requirements for this certificate is provided below. You need to meet all of these requirements to get your Master Yacht <24m certificate.

  • prove that you meet the minimum sea service requirements
  • complete and pass the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) yachtmaster offshore or an equivalent course
  • pass approved training in commercial competencies by completing the required sections of a training record book
  • have current certificates for the required ancillary proficiencies
  • 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.

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.

Master Yacht less than 24m[PDF: 235Kb, 22 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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