Able Seafarer Engine (AB Engine)

Find information on training, sea service and other requirements for the AB Engine 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 an engine rating forming part of a engineering watch on ships of any propulsion power in any operating area.

From AB Engine, you can progress to Integrated Rating and to the operational-level officer certificate Marine Engineer Class 3.


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 Engine certificate.

  • hold a current Engine Watch Rating certificate or equivalent
  • prove you have met the minimum sea service requirements
  • complete and pass an approved qualification for AB Engine
  • 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 Engine (AB Engine)[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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