Duration and study methods
Chief Mate Yacht:
Block course (28 weeks).
Includes online learning, 23 weeks of in-class attendance.
Block course (15 weeks).
Includes online learning and 9 weeks in-class attendance.
Includes distance learning (online) and reduced teaching weeks, customised to learner needs.
Chief Mate Yacht:
QualificationNew Zealand Diploma in Yacht Operations (Level 6) with optional strand in Master Yacht also known as Chief Mate Yacht/ Master YachtProgramme code: NZ2516
Credits120 - 200
New Zealand Maritime School
International feesChief Mate: NZD$25,000 (approx.) Master Yacht: NZD$16,667 (approx.)
Take the next step as Chief Mate or Master on a superyacht.
If you're already working as yacht crew in the superyacht industry, this qualification will give you the training you need to become a Chief Mate or Master on yachts over 24 metres and up to 3000GT.
Holders of this qualification will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to work in a watchkeeping and/or command position at management level on a yacht.
This programme of study is intended for persons who have completed sea service on a vessel according to MNZ guidance documents, and completed their ‘Chief Mate Yacht Training Record Book’ and whom wish to gain their MNZ Certificate of Competence as a Chief Mate Yacht. It is also recognised that some candidates will choose to study over a two or three year period due to leave constraints and industry operational needs so these students will not have completed all sea service prior to commencing their first courses. This ensures flexibility within the programme and the meeting of the industry needs.
A number of identified courses may be studied by distance. There is no intention that the complete qualification be studied by distance.
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.
English language entry requirements
Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English.
International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 is required.
Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand licence.
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 3-5 days.
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You will need to complete the below 15 courses (120 credits):
Chief mate yacht
942.212 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.
942.213 STCW – Basic Safety Training – Basic 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 (PSSR) (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.
942.459 STCW – Basic Safety Training – Basic Firefighting (5 credits)
Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to fire on board a vessel.
942.464 Proficiency in Survival Craft (PISC) (5 credits)
Operate survival craft and rescue boats.
942.585 Medical First Aid (5 credits)
To enable an appropriate medical response to be offered where professional care may be at least a week away.
942.614 Advanced Fire Fighting (5 credits)
To direct fire-fighting operations on board a vessel.
942.671 Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) (5 credits)
People credited with this course are able to: Demonstrate knowledge of GMDSS theory, transmit and acknowledge distress, urgency, medical and safety calls, communicate using GMDSS subsystems and maintain battery systems.
943.630 Chief Mate Yacht Navigation and Passage Planning (10 credits)
By the end of the course, the student will be able to plan a passage, navigate the vessel and determine a position accounting for tides and vessel safety information.
943.631 Chief Mate Yacht Celestial Navigation (10 credits)
People credited with this course are able to: determine position using celestial techniques, determine compass error and plan star sights.
943.632 Chief Mate Yacht Electronic Navigational Aids (10 credits)
To be able to determine the ship’s position by use of all navigational aids and equipment commonly fitted on board ships and consider the limitations of use.
943.633 Chief Mate Yacht Stability (15 credits)
By the end of the course, the students will be able to maintain vessel stability across a range of known and unknown operating conditions.
943.634 Chief Mate Yacht Watchkeeping (20 credits)
In a simulated environment, students will demonstrate the ability to conduct a safe passage, including demonstrating knowledge of BRM principles, watch-keeping practices, and ship handling. They will utilize the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual in response to emergencies at sea.
943.635 Chief Mate Yacht General Knowledge and Orals Prep (15 credits)
Students will gain an understanding of global meteorological patterns, vessel construction, management of workloads and compliance with international requirements to contribute to their management of the vessel and preparation to pass their final Oral Exam with the MNZ Orals examiner.
For master yacht strand, you will also need to complete the below five courses (80 credits)
941.601 Master Yacht Business and Law (20 credits)
Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at management level and monitor compliance with legislative requirements.
941.602 Master Yacht Meteorology and Seamanship (20 credits)
Manage the safe operation of the vessel at sea taking into account the development and effect of weather conditions and be able to respond to unplanned events that may impact on the safety of the ship.
943.636 Navigation Command and Control of Emergencies (20 credits)
Plan and conduct a passage and determine the position and manage the maintenance of a safe navigational watch, whilst responding to and controlling emergencies and distress at sea on a vessel up to 3000GT.
943.637 Master Yacht Orals Preparation (15 credits)
Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to manage all shipboard operations and personnel to ensure the maintenance of a safe navigational watch and response to changing conditions and unplanned events at sea including emergency situations and the management of machinery systems. This will assist in preparing candidates for their final MNZ Oral Examination.
943.732 Proficiency in Charge of Medical Care (5 credits)
To lead the provision of medical care to persons’ sick or injured onboard ship where help is not close at hand.
942.732 Crisis Management and Human Behaviour (5 credits)
Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the operational level.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
Further training or study
This is the highest level of qualification for yacht crew.
Watchkeeper, command positions as chief mate or master on a yacht up to 3000GT.
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 November 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 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 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 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. 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 Pūkenga 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.