New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations

Skipper Training NZ

Subject area

Marine Craft Operation


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Entry requirements


About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with people who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) to act independently under broad guidance as a watchkeeper on a commercial vessel and as a mate on a fishing vessel.

The Fishing strand is for people intending to act as Mate on fishing vessels less than 45 metres, operating within coastal and off-shore limits under the STCW-F.

The Watchkeeper strand is for people intending to act as Watchkeeper Deck on commercial vessels < 500GT operating within coastal and offshore limits under the International Convention on STCW.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Maritime Engineering and Technology at this level can earn:


Median earnings one year after study


Median earnings two years after study


Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

Employment rate two years after study


Employment rate two years after study

Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (03) 546 9700

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