Study to become a qualified deck crew (QDC) for free*

New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Crewing (Level 3)

Also known as Qualified Deck Crew (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Make the first move in your maritime career.

Extend your skills so you are able to contribute as qualified crew to the running of the vessel. 

You will learn how to work under supervision on a range of different commercial and passenger vessels operating in New Zealand waters.

This programme is designed for you to get your qualified deck crew competency while being employed so you can learn while you are on the water. 

It will prepare you for your Maritime New Zealand licence and step your career path towards skipper.

Key facts

Start month(s)

Rolling intakes

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School

Level 3
Domestic fees


Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2895

One year (part-time)

Study method

Distance Learning

Credits 40
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available

New Zealand Certificate

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 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.

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.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the maritime calendar.

Career opportunities

Holders of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work as deck crew on either general commercial or passenger vessels operating in restricted or coastal waters. You can also progress to higher level certificates and larger vessels.

*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 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.