Certificated Deckhand


CDH is the first certificate that you could gain as you embark on your Maritime career and is issued by Maritime New Zealand. Some vessels require that all crew obtain this qualification as confirmation of knowledge and training. This programme uses a task book which will document the process of learning giving you an opportunity to prove that you have also taken some responsibility, got involved in the process of learning and are becoming a competent member of the crew.

Programme Details

Study Method :
Taskbook On-the-Job Training

Qualification:
Maritime New Zealand Licence

Duration:
Varies

Applications:
Open

Start Dates:
Open

About the Programme:

CDH is the first certificate that you could gain as you embark on your Maritime career and is issued by Maritime New Zealand. Some vessels require that all crew obtain this qualification as confirmation of knowledge and training. This programme uses a task book which will document the process of learning giving you an opportunity to prove that you have also taken some responsibility, got involved in the process of learning and are becoming a competent member of the crew. There are some aspects of the course you will need to organise with your employer:

  • You need to let your employer know that you are keen to complete this certificate.
  • You must complete all the tasks in the Task Book.  Some of these you will be able to do yourself and some task you will need assistance with. Some of the tasks require instruction and confirmation from your employer or their representative confirming that you have completed them.
  • Gain your Marine VHF operators certificate. (It is recommended that you aim higher for the MROC, but it is not a requirement of the certificate) and your First Aid certificate
  • Complete the application process required by Maritime New Zealand to gain a ‘Permit to Sit’. This is outlined in the next pages. We have included a checklist and the necessary forms to help you with this.
  • Finally, you sit the ‘Oral Exam’ after completing the ‘Task Book’. This exam tests the knowledge that is required by the syllabus for this certificate, and verifies your task book work.

Maritime NZ Requirements Checklist:

Use this checklist to help you complete your application to Maritime New Zealand for a ‘Permit to Sit’ your final Oral exam. You must have completed the Certificated Deckhand Task Book before you are able to sit this oral exam.  It is important that you start the application process with Maritime New Zealand as soon as you decide to complete this certificate. Your sea time will pass very quickly and it is best to sit the final oral exam as soon as your task book is complete.

To start the application process you will need to complete the following and mail it to: 

Seafarer Licencing
Maritime New Zealand
P. O. Box 27006
Wellington          

  • You must be at least 16 years old and comply with any medical fitness requirements of Part 34. (For example persons over 65 need a medical certificate issued by an approved practitioner).
  • Provide proof of 3 months sea service using the ‘Certificate of Sea Service – 15010’. Your employer will need to sign and verify this document.
  • Have passed the ‘Reduced Eyesight Test’ and ‘Alternative colour vision test’ with an approved optometrist. The list of these optometrists are in the section containing ‘Application Forms’
  • Completed the ‘Fit and Proper Person Questionnaire and Consent to Disclosure’ forms.
  • Included the administration fee of $170.00, payable to ‘Maritime New Zealand’  or enclosed the ‘Credit Card Payment Information Form’            
  • Completed ‘First Aid Certificate’
  • Completed VHF Radio Operators Certificate (or MROC)

Entry Requirements:
Meet the MNZ Requirement for a Permit to Sit.

Programme Summary:
The taskbook covers topics such as Health and Safety, Life Saving and fire Fighting appliances and their use, Accidents, Incidents, Basic seamanship, and Passenger care and Safety.

Further Training or Study:
This programme may be the first step on your way to a Maritime Career. From here you can progress with courses and seatime to Inshore Launch master or Local Launch Operator.

Career Opportunities:
Deckhand on a charter Vessel
Deckhand on a passenger Vessel

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