Study maritime superyacht crewing

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 3)

Superyacht crewing

Programme highlights

Have you ever dreamed of working on a superyacht? Study this course and you'll open the door to an exciting and global career working onboard luxury boats.

In 12 weeks, you'll get practical experience and the certificates required for a job anywhere in the world. 

You could find yourself sailing off the coast of the South of France one season and the Bahamas the next.

Key facts

Start month(s)

January, March, June, September

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School
MIT Mahurangi

Level 3
Domestic fees

Click here to see a list of domestic course fees

Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Available (eligibility criteria applies)
Programme code NZ2506

12 weeks (full-time)

Study method


Credits 75
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available

New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

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 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.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below six courses (75 credits):

942.344 Core safety training (20 credits)

Provide an introduction to the Certificate in Superyacht Crewing Programme with an overview of the Superyacht industry Safety requirements.

943.348 Yacht watchkeeping (10 credits)

By the end of this course, students will be able to assist the operation of the vessel by developing navigational skills to support bridge Watchkeeping.

943.349 Yacht seamanship (15 credits)

By the end of this course, students will be able to sail as a competent crew member on a yacht and act as tender crew to support the operation of the vessel and its equipment.

943.350 Yacht engine operation and maintenance (10 credits)

To develop a basic understanding of inboard (diesel) and outboard engine operation, with emphasis on safety, routine servicing and simple troubleshooting to support the operation of the vessel.

943.351 Yacht deck maintenance (10 credits)

Assist with maintenance and operation of a range of deck equipment specific to the requirements of the vessel.

943.352 Yacht interior skills (10 credits)

By the end of this course, the students will be able to provide high standards of on-board passenger services and ensure passenger service, care and support.

Key dates and timetables

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

Career opportunities

Crew on a superyacht (deckhand).

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 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.