Study towards your Skipper Coastal and Offshore (SCO) certificate of competency
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 26 teaching weeks.
Includes online learning while you work, and 18 teaching weeks of block courses in-class. Block courses can be taken across consecutive years.
Max 5 years to complete programme.
QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Coastal and Offshore) (Level 4)Programme code: NZ2892
New Zealand Maritime School
International feesNZD$17,708 (approx.)
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Take your career as a skipper to the next level.
If you hold a Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL) certificate of competency (endorsed to 24 metres), then this is your next step to progress your career.
Learn the skills to work as a skipper on a working, passenger, or fishing vessel (less than 24 metres in length) operating within the coastal and offshore limits.
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 https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
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: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
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.
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You will need to complete the below nine courses (85 credits):
723.221 STCW basic safety training basic first aid (5 credits)
Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to first aid onboard a vessel.
942.210 STCW basic safety training basic sea survival (5 credits)
Apply safe and sustainable work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.
942.450 STCW basic safety training basic fire fighting (5 credits)
Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to a fire on board a vessel.
943.439 Coastal Navigation and Passage Position (25 credits)
By the end of the course, you will be able to plan and conduct a coastal and/or offshore passage and determine position.
943.440 Electronic navigation aids (10 credits)
To plan and conduct a coastal and/or offshore passage and determine position and utilise Electronic Navigation Aids and demonstrate an ability to operate safely and determine the ship’s position by use of all navigational aids and equipment commonly fitted on board the ships.
943.441 Meteorology – SCO (5 credits)
By the end of the course you will be able to: Obtain and interpret coastal and offshore meteorological information to assist in safe passage making.
943.442 General knowledge – orals prep SCO (13 credits)
By the end of the course, you will be able to manage safety aboard a coastal and offshore vessel.
943.443 MGROC radio (2 credits)
By the end of the course, you will be able to utilise MF, HF and VHF radios in the maritime radio telecommunications network to obtain and broadcast Maritime Safety Information, including the sending and response to distress messages.
943.444 Stability SCO (15 credits)
By the end of the course, you will be able to maintain vessel stability.
Further training or study
Qualifications recognised internationally under the Standards for Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW):
- New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations (Level 4) with strands in Fishing, and Watchkeeping
- New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations (Level 5)
- New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering (Level 4) (MEC 6 and MEC 5)
- New Zealand Diploma in Yacht Operations (Level 6)
- New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6)
Skipper on a working ferry or fishing vessel less than 24 metres in length, operating within the coastal and offshore limits.
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 29 March 2023. 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 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 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 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.