Study to become a maritime operations master or skipper

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations (Level 5)

Also known as Master <500GT Near Coastal and Skipper Fishing Vessel - Limited

Programme highlights

Ready to become a master or skipper of a vessel?

Do you hold a Watchkeeper Deck on ships less than 500 gross tonnage in a near-coastal area, or Mate Fishing Vessel - Limited certificate of competency? If you want to progress to a command role on a fishing or commercial vessel, then this is your next step.

Gain the knowledge and skills to be become an effective master of a commercial vessel (less than 500 GT) in the near coastal area, or a skipper of a fishing vessel in the limited area. You will be responsible for the vessel, the crew, and the passengers.

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

You need to complete this qualification before applying to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) for a:

Award of these 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.

Key facts

Start month(s)

May

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School

Level 5
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2512
Duration

Full-time for 17 teaching weeks.

Includes online learning, and 15 weeks in-class attendance.

Study method

In-class and online

Credits 60
International fees NZD$8,100 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements

General

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 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/

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.

International students

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the four courses below (60 credits):

941.501 Legal and management (20 credits)

Manage and monitor the loading, stowage, securing and care of unloading cargoes during the voyage.  Demonstrate an ability to manage the operation of a small ship power plant. Manage the training of crew and the allocation and monitoring of shipboard duties.

943.544 Navigation command and control of emergencies (20 credits)

Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at management level and monitor compliance with legislative requirements.

943.545 Orals prep (10 credits)

Manage the planning, conduct of passage and maintenance of a sage navigational watch whilst responding to and controlling emergencies and distress at sea.

943.546 Manage vessel operation (10 credits)

To demonstrate as Master an integrated approach to vessel management, safety, compliance and seamanship practices.

Key dates and timetables

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

Career opportunities

Work as a Master <500GT on passenger or non-passenger vessels. 

Work as a Skipper Fishing Vessel – Limited on fishing vessels.

Further training or study

On completion of this programme, you could pathway into the New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6) and complete the training for a MNZ Watchkeeper Deck certificate of competency to operate a vessel in any operating area.

Key information for students

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations (Level 5)

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. General Open entry for Domestic students 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-internationalstudents/
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 19 Weeks
Tuition fees Annual Total qualification
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Student loan information [?] Click here for more information on loans and allowances. StudyLink
Student success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. N/A
National graduate outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. $32,525
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. $22,650 - $44,308
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 47%
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 33%
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 15%
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students

Information is correct as at February 2021. 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 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 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 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. 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 Limited 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.