New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Skipper Restricted Limits) (Level 4)

Also known as Certificate in Skipper Restricted Limits

Programme highlights

Get the maritime knowledge and skills to work as a skipper.

You will learn the skills required to skipper a restricted limit vessel (less than 24 metres in length), safely and with compliance.

Completion of this qualification meets the training requirements of Maritime New Zealand for the issue of an operating license for Skipper Restricted Limits.

Award of this license by Maritime New Zealand will also require the completion of:

  • Sea service
  • Maritime NZ medical
  • Eye test
  • Fit and proper check
  • Oral exam
  • Ancillary certificates.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, March, April, May
Study Location(s) New Zealand Maritime School; MIT Mahurangi; Online
Level 4
Domestic fees $1,700 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2505

Seven months (full-time, includes online learning and one month class attendance)

Study Method Distance learning plus classes
Credits 85
International Fees NZD$16,200 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not Available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


Open entry for Domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

International students: English Language Entry Requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:


Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand license. 

All persons wishing to qualify for a seafarer license must also check the Maritime New Zealand prior certification and minimum service requirements for that license. Also: Seafarers Framework which outlines medical fitness requirements and Maritime New Zealand Part 34:Medical Standards

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

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Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.


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Career opportunities

The MNZ license Skipper Restricted Limits can be used to gain a position as a Skipper on a restricted limit vessel such as harbour ferries, tugs, water taxis, charter vessels and fishing vessels or crew positions on coastal vessels.

Completion of this qualification meets the training requirements of Maritime New Zealand for the issue of an operating license for Skipper Restricted Limits. Award of this license by Maritime New Zealand will also require the completion of: Sea service, MNZ medical, Eye test, Fit and proper check, Oral exam and ancillary certificates.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below five courses (85 credits):
Level 2

723.221 STCW Basic First Aid (5 credits)

Respond to a medical emergency on a vessel.

Level 4

943.452 Electronic Navigational Systems (20 credits)

You will be able to use electronic navigation aids to assist in the planning, conduct and monitoring of a passage and monitoring of navigation and avoidance of collision.

943.453 Vessel Machinery and Systems (20 credits)

You will be able to operate, monitor and maintain the vessels main propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery and supporting systems.

943.454 Safety and Compliance (20 credits)

You will be able to manage the operation of the vessel, maintain legal compliance and respond to emergencies.

943.455 Navigation (20 credits)

You will be able to plan and conduct a passage and navigate safely on a restricted limits vessel.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the maritime calendar.

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.