New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations Master (Level 5)

Also known as Master <500GT Near Coastal and Master Fishing Vessel Limited (Level 5)

Programme highlights

Ready to become a master on a vessel?

Do you hold an Officer of the Watch <500GT near coastal or Mate Fishing Vessel - Limited? Then this is your next step.

Gain the knowledge and skills to be become an effective Master of a vessel (less than 500GT) in the near coastal area or a Master of a fishing vessel in the limited area.

You need to complete this qualification before applying to Maritime New Zealand for:

  • Master 500GT Near Coastal Certificate of Competency or 
  • Master Fishing Vessel - Limited Certificate of Competency.

Key facts

Start Month(s) May, June
Study Location(s) New Zealand Maritime School
Level 5
Domestic fees $3,400 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2512

17 weeks (full-time)

Study Method Distance learning plus classes
Credits 60
International Fees NZD$8,100 (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 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

Test your English level to help you plan.

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

Holders of this qualification may gain an MNZ Certificate of Competency (CoC) to work in a command position on commercial work, passenger, charter, or fishing vessels. Responsible for the safe management of the vessel, its passengers and crew and the compliant conduct of the vessel's business.

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 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

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

Further training or study

With the relevant additional training and experience, graduates may progress to:

  • Mate Fishing Vessel – Unlimited

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.