Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4
Level 6

Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4

  • Fees Free eligible programme

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  • Locations and dates


    9 August 2021
  • Study options

    Full-time or part-time

  • Length

    Duration will vary depending on your sea-time and any prior qualifications you may have. The programme includes a 30 - 36 weeks full time block course here in Nelson.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    Average fee is between $6,000-$7,000 plus $240 Student Services Levy. Additional individual course fees may apply – dependent on prior learning experience.

    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code

    NZ2514 - New Zealand Diploma in Marine Engineering (Level 6)

Prepare yourself for employment in the merchant navy on vessels of any size, operating anywhere in the world.

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This programme is a significant part of the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) training requirements for students to gain the internationally recognised Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers (STCW) Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch Class 3 certificate of competency and / or the domestic Class 4 certificate of competency.

STCW Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch Class 3 (MEC3) Certificate of Competency

This qualification provides the domestic and international maritime industry, with marine engineers who are able to work as Engineer Officer of the Watch on merchant navy vessels of any size and propulsion power, anywhere in the world.

MNZ Marine Engineer Class 4 (MEC4) STCW-F

Provides the domestic and international fishing industry with Chief Engineers on vessels with a maximum propulsion power of 3,000KW.

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Blended delivery (online and in person)

A flexible learning approach gives you the option of completing a few components of the courses online, minimising time away from your job.

Core skills

The blended delivery of the programme also contributes to your employability by enhancing your core transferable skills; particularly digital literacy, problem solving, communication skills and team work.


The Diploma will enable you to pathway into the level 7 programmes leading to Marine Engineer Class 2 and Class 1 (MEC2 and MEC1) qualifications.

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