New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 4) with a strand in Engineering

Programme highlights

Develop the skills to start your career in this vital global industry.

Get basic maritime knowledge and skills and become familiar with shipping operations, shipboard practice and survival at sea.

You will be prepared for a rewarding career in a global industry which has continuous demand for well-trained and motivated people. 

You may find yourself working on a wide range of foreign going ships from cruise liners, ferries and container vessels through to support vessels in the oil and gas industry.

This programme, combined with sea time and Maritime New Zealand requirements, entitles you to apply for the Engine Watch Rating (EWR).

You will gain the required knowledge, skills and experience for eventual seagoing employment as a EWR on board commercial ships.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February
Study Location(s) New Zealand Maritime School
Level 4
Domestic fees $3,400 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee Not Available
Programme Code NZ2511

17 weeks (full-time)

Study Method Full-time
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 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:


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.


Book your British Council IELTS test with us.

You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 5-7 days.

Career opportunities

Combined with sea-time, the strands from this certificate lead to careers as Engine Watch Rating (EWR).

Completion of this certificate leads to entry into one of the three level 6 Diploma programmes (Nautical Science, Marine Engineering and Marine Electro-Technology.

DWR Trainee

DWR Qualified (after 2 months at sea)

AB Qualified (after 14 months at sea)

See your potential salary range

Programme structure

You will need to complete five compulsory courses as well as the courses from your chosen strand (60 credits):
Compulsory courses

Level 2

942.212 STCW Basic Safety training – Basic Sea Survival (Personal Survival Techniques) (5 credits)

Apply safe and sustainable work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.

942.213 STCW Basic Safety Training – Basic First Aid (Elementary First Aid) (5 credits)

Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to first aid on board a vessel.

942.214 STCW Basic Safety training – Personal safety and Social Responsibility (3 credits)

Apply safe and sustainable work practices, demonstrate effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.

942.215 Proficiency in Security Awareness (2 credits)

Providing knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.

Level 4

942.459 STCW Basic Safety Training – Basic Fire Fighting (Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention) (5 credits)

Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to fire on board a vessel.

Courses related to your chosen strand


942.470 Introduction to Engineering Watchkeeping (10 credits)

To provide you with a general knowledge of engine room plant and equipment and engine room watch keeping practices and procedures prior to assist the Engineer of the Watch at a Support Level.

942.471 Main & Auxiliary Machinery Systems (20 credits)

To equip you to be able to carry our routine maintenance within the engine room and assisting the Engineer of the Watch.

942.472 Electrical Equipment (10 credits)

To ensure you are familiar with the nature of electrical systems on board a vessel and can safely take measurements using electrical test equipment.

Optional Course

942.477 Marine Dangerous Goods (5 credits)

To develop student’s knowledge of the principles involved in ship operations carrying hazardous cargoes in solid or bulk form.

Key dates

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

Further training or study

Graduates may also move to electro-technical jobs on-shore but may need to complete a New Zealand Certificate or Diploma in Electrical or Electronic Engineering to meet the registration requirements of the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

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.