Level 3

Study towards your Qualified Deck Crew (QDC) certificate of proficiency, for free*

Take the first step in your maritime career and gain the licence required to operate as safe and effective deck crew.

Programme highlights

Take the first step in your maritime career and gain the licence required to operate as safe and effective deck crew.

This programme is ideal if you are newly employed in the maritime industry working on a vessel or have access to a vessel.

If you are an employer, this programme will compliment your new employee induction training. It will include emergency procedures to help with the safety of the vessel and it's crew members, including basic extinguisher training, sea survival skills and the completion of the marine radio licence.

You will be able to train for your ticket while being employed, so you can learn while you are on the water. You will complete a MNZ approved Training Record Book (TRB) as part of this programme.

You will be prepared with the skills and knowledge to work under supervision on a range of commercial and passenger vessels less than 24 metres in length, operating in restricted and near coastal waters of New Zealand.

You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.

This qualification leads to a Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) certificate. Expand for more detail.

This qualification combined with sea time prepares you for the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ):

Award of the MNZ certificate of competency will also require the completion of:

  • Sea service
  • MNZ medical fitness certificate
  • Eyesight test (including for colour vision)
  • Fit and proper person check
  • Final exam
  • Ancillary certificates*.

See maritimenz.govt.nz for all requirements needed before you apply.

* these are 941.306 Crowd Control and 941.214 STCW Elementary First Aid

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

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

Important information

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

All persons wishing to qualify for a seafarer licence must also check the Maritime New Zealand prior certification and minimum service requirements for that licence. Also: Seafarers Framework which outlines medical fitness requirements https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/rules/part-34/default.asp and Maritime New Zealand Part 34: Medical Standards https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/rules/part-34/Part34-maritime-rule.pdf.

Give yourself credit with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Did you know you can use the knowledge and experience you already have to your advantage?

Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other providers’ qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – potentially saving you money and possibly helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.

Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the three courses below (40 credits):

943.342 Operational seamanship (15 credits)

Provide the student with the seamanship knowledge and skills to support the safe operation of a vessel.

943.343 Health and safety support to vessel personnel (10 credits)

Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to the health and safety of all persons on board a vessel.

943.344 Safety support during vessel emergencies (15 credits)

Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to contribute to safety during vessel emergency situations.

And two ancillary courses below:

  • 941.306 Crowd Control
  • 941.214 STCW Elementary First Aid

You will need to enrol in these courses. Their completion is required for you to pass the course 943.343 Health and safety support to vessel personnel. If you have previously completed these courses either with MIT or another provider you may be eligible for a credit transfer or cross credit. For more information email RPL.CRT@manukau.ac.nz

Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?

Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.

Careers and pathways

*Free tuition fees for this qualification apply for new domestic students. This offer is subject to availability within New Zealand's Maritime School’s maximum permitted class sizes. Entry criteria apply.

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 www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. 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.