New Zealand Diploma in Fishing Vessel Operations

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Limited

Subject area

Marine Craft Operation




2.1 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the fishing industry with personnel who are licensed under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) to manage the operation of fishing vessels in unlimited waters.

This qualification is intended for experienced fishing seafarers training to become Mate or Skipper on large offshore fishing vessels but is also open to new entrants to the industry.

Graduates of the core qualification will work at the level of Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited; second in charge to the Skipper.

The Fishing Vessel Skipper Optional Strand in is for those wishing to take full charge of the vessel and become certified as Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited.

Completion of this qualification is a pre-requisite to applying for a Maritime New Zealand Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited or Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited Certificates. Award of these certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of: a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Applicants should either have - A minimum of 14 credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the Nev Zealand Qualifications Framework. - A minimum of 8 credits at level 2 or higher in English; 4 credits must be in Reading and 4 credits must be in Writing. The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards. OR - Any equivalent qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA. OR - Evidence to support an applicant's ability to successfully undertake the diploma with a reasonable likelihood of success, particularly with regards to mathematics and physics skills. OR - Hold a New Zealand Offshore Watchkeeper or New Zealand Offshore Master Certificate of Competency or equivalent. ll applicants must have a level of English sufficient to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Those students whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IEL TS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with no band score lower than 5.5) issued within the last two years, or equivalent. Applicants should be aware that there are MNZ sea time, medical and eyesight requirements for the MNZ licence which their programme contributes towards. Applicants should refer to website In order to undertake the Fire Training Courses (FFT311, FFT511) applicants must also: - Be physically fit and capable of participating in the practical training component - Students must provide a Medical Certificate issued by a General Practitioner, or provide a Seafarers Medical Certificate or equivalent. In order to undertake the SSC511 STCW Proficiency in Survival craft and Rescue Boats course, applicants must also: - Be physically fit and capable of participating in the practical training component Students must provide a Seafarers Medical Certificate or equivalent.

Detailed requirements

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2.1 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,621 $13,738
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$12,345 $25,617
Total $18,966 $39,355

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $54,388
Earnings range $38,136 - $79,921
In employment 58%
In further study 28%
On a benefit N/A

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 422 733
Phone: (03) 546 9175
Fax: (03) 546 3325

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Where does this information come from?

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The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

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