Able Seafarer Deck (AB Deck)

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

With this certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of a deck rating forming part of a navigational watch on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.

From AB Deck, you can progress to Integrated Rating and to the operational-level officer certificate Watchkeeper Deck.


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 AB Deck certificate.

  • hold a current Deck Watch Rating certificate or equivalent
  • prove you have met the minimum sea service requirements
  • complete and pass the approved qualification for AB Deck
  • have the required ancillary certificates
  • 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.

Able Seafarer Deck (AB Deck)[PDF: 256Kb, 23 pages]

The guidelines for this certificate are currently under review. If you have any questions, please contact our Personnel Certification team.


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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