Master Yacht (500t)

Photographer: Bronwyn Munro, NZ Chief Mate Yacht

These certificates are intended for those wishing to serve in professional certificated positions on board overseas vessels registered as 'yachts'. These vessels are commonly referred to as 'superyachts' or 'megayachts'.

Programme Details

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Study Method Full time contact
Qualification Master Yacht (500t)
Duration 12 weeks
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About the Programme

These certificates are intended for those wishing to serve in professional certificated positions on board overseas vessels registered as 'yachts'. These vessels are commonly referred to as 'superyachts' or 'megayachts'.

There are two study structure options. The combined structure offers the candidate the most opportunities for employment in both the commercial industry, and the yachting industry.

The YACHT (Master 500t) Yachting Only Structure is appropriate for those who desire only 'yacht' certification.

The Combined NZOM / Yachting Structure is appropriate for those who desire NZOM in addition to 'yacht' certification.

The New Zealand Certificate of Competency obtained on completion of the course should be accepted in most flag states. It has been accepted by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency as equivalent to UK certification, however, candidates will also need to take and pass an open book UK Law and Practice examination in order to receive a UK Certificate of Equivalency if they intend to operate on UK flag vessels. This additional examination can be taken during your study in New Zealand although an additional examination fee will be payable to the Scottish Qualifications Authority for this exam.

We recognise that many students in New Zealand will also wish to gain STCW certification to operate other types of commercial vessel within near coastal (200 mile) limits. We have therefore provided separate pathways to meeting the initial training requirements; one for students who wish only to be qualified for yachts and an alternative pathway for those who already hold or wish to also hold New Zealand validity certification to operate fishing or trading vessels to 500 tons within near coastal limits. This minimises the additional cost and time involved in obtaining both sets of certification.

Although the yacht certification structure encourages a step by step progression through the certificate grades from Chief Mate (Yacht) to Master (500 t Yacht) to Master (3000 t Yacht), candidates may choose to study for a Master (500 t) by also incorporating the study programme for the Chief Mate (Yacht) into their programme if they did not already hold this certificate.

Courses may also be taken prior to the completion of the seatime required. In all cases, however, students must have completed all of the required training courses, their Training Record Book and their seatime before they will be permitted to sit their final oral examination. The Training Record Book required for this qualification can be obtained from the New Zealand Maritime School. A charge of NZ$25 will be made to cover copying costs. Alternatively, an electronic version may be downloaded free from our website.

Comparison with other international yacht certification training programmes

The programme offered in New Zealand is intended to allow issue of a New Zealand Certificate of Competency. In particular, we are not offering modules towards UK Maritime and Coastguard certification. The UK recognition of the New Zealand certification is for the whole Certificate of Competency only and not for individual courses, except in the case of some of the short ancillary courses. Students must always check in advance with the Maritime Administration concerned as to whether a particular course can be accepted if they wish to attend courses in New Zealand but obtain an overseas Certificate of Competency. Generally, it will not be possible to credit courses taken in New Zealand towards certification in other countries except that many countries will accept New Zealand STCW short course certificates for survival, medical and fire fighting training.

Unlike other similar certification programmes, obtaining expensive offshore and ocean yachtmaster qualifications is not a prerequisite for entering our Chief Mate training programme. Instead, the equivalent learning is included directly into the New Zealand programme. This means that courses in New Zealand are slightly longer than those in some overseas countries but the overall cost will be much less expensive. We also believe many overseas courses to be so short that they suit only the most prepared and motivated students and result in pass rates that would fall below those we believe to be acceptable. Our course lengths in New Zealand are established from 80 years of experience in maritime training and are based on our best estimate of the time it will take for 80% of the students to reach the assessment standard required.

Any study that you may have already completed overseas may be able to be partially credited towards New Zealand certification. You must always apply formally in writing to us with full details of the training and evidence of satisfactory completion. In all cases, a fee will be payable for processing and considering your application. In most cases, we will also wish to verify your competence through an oral or written ‘challenge’ assessment.

Student Loans and Allowances
New Zealand students may be eligible for Student Loans and Allowances if they take a block of courses totalling at least 12 full time weeks with generally no more than a total of 3 weeks of breaks between courses. It is essential that you contact us to check whether your planned programme of study will qualify if you are intending to seek Loans and Allowances for these programmes.

For more information please contact the New Zealand Maritime School on 0800 744 722.

Offered by

New Zealand Maritime School

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Maritime NZ requirements:

Please refer o the MNZ requirement for 'Master Yacht' licence
New-Zealand-master-yacht-less-than-500-gt-MNZ-guidelines.pdf

Seatime Requirements:
48 Months sea service in a deck capacity which must include:
  • 12 months in the last 10 years on vessels not less than 12m and on voyages outside restricted limits
  • 6 months in a deck capacity in Yachts
  • 12 months as the officer in charge of a navigation watch whilst holding an appropriate watchkeeping certificate of competency.
Further Requirements:

You must already hold a Chief Mate (Yacht) Certificate or complete the training programme for this in conjunction with the training programme for Master (500t Yacht) and submit the Training Record Book required for Chief Mate (Yacht).
NOTE: You must apply for and receive a MARITIME NZ Examination Permit/s before you can take the final oral examination.

Programme Summary

YACHT (Master 500t) - Yachting Only Structure
Occurrence Course Length (weeks) Dates NZ Fee Intnl Fee
943.511 111
943.512 111
Master (Yacht) Electronic Navigation Aids & Tides 2 11/02/13 - 22/02/13 $363
$156
$770
$330
943.612 111 Master (Yacht) Stability 2 25/02/13 – 08/03/13 $641 $1338
943.610 111 Yacht Navigation Control 2 11/03/13 – 22/03/13 $692 $1447
943.614 111 Master (Yacht) Business & Law 2 25/03/13 – 05/04/13 $641 $1338
943.611 111
943.615 111
Master (Yacht) Seamanship and Meteorology
Master (Yacht) Seamanship Orals
3 08/04/13 – 19/04/13
(Examinations
22/04/13 – 26/04/13 )
$379
$482
$785
$885
942.616 111 Proficiency in Charge of Medical Care 1 20/05/13 – 24/05/13 $454 $874
YACHT (Master 500t) - Combined NZOM / Yachting Structure
Occurrence Course Length (weeks) Dates NZ Fee Intnl Fee
943.511 111
943.512 111
Master (Yacht) Electronic Navigation Aids & Tides 2 11/02/13 - 22/02/13 $336
$156
$770
$330
943.520 111
943.613 111
NZOM Stability
Bridging Stability (NZOM to Yacht)
2 25/02/13 – 08/03/13 $467
$317
$1049
$666
943.610 111 Yacht Navigation Control 2 11/03/13 – 22/03/13 $692 $1447
943.614 111 Master (Yacht) Business & Law 2 25/03/13 – 05/04/13 $641 $1338
943.611 111
943.615 111
Master (Yacht) Seamanship and Meteorology
Master (500t Yacht) Seamanship Orals
2 08/04/13 – 19/04/13 (Examinations 22/04/13 – 26/04/13 ) $379
$482
$785
$885
942.616 111 Proficiency in Charge of Medical Care 1 22/04/13 – 26/04/13 $454 $847
NOTES:
  • Includes Master (500 t Yacht) Oral Examination Fees.
Examination Permits:

Candidates intending to attempt both the NZOM and Yacht Oral Examinations will be required to obtain two (2) MARITIME NZ Examination permits prior to their oral examination.

Ancillary Courses from Chief Mate (Yacht) required for Master (500t Yacht)
Occurrence Course Length (weeks) Dates NZ Fee Intnl Fee
942.511 111 Proficiency in Medical First Aid (opt 1) 1 13/05/13 – 17/05/13 $546 $936
942.545 111 Proficiency in Charge of Medical Care 942.616 20/05/13 – 24/05/13 $454 $847
942.525 112
942.428 112
GMDSS (incl GRTOC) 6 days 27/05/13 – 01/06/13 $398 $882
942.545 111 Proficiency in Survival Craft (opt 1) 1 20/05/13 – 24/05/13 $524 $842
942.544 111 Basic Fire Fighting 1 06/05/13 – 10/05/13 $835 $1437
942.546 111 Advanced Fire Fighting (opt 1) 1 27/05/13 – 30/05/13 $834 $1437

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