Maritime Operations - Skipper Fishing Vessel Limited
Level 5

Maritime Operations - Skipper Fishing Vessel Limited

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  • Locations and dates


    10 October 2022
  • Study options

    Full-time or part-time

  • Length

    18 weeks total duration - includes online/distance learning components and a 7 week block course here in Nelson prior to your MNZ Final Examination.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $3,320 plus $120 Student Services Levy

    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


This programme contributes to graduates obtaining their Maritime New Zealand licence: Skipper Fishing Vessel.

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This programme will give you the skills you need to take charge of, and maintain, the safety of fishing vessels of less than 45 metres length, or non-fishing vessels up to 500t, operating within coastal and offshore limits (currently up to 200 nautical miles off the NZ coast).

To enrol on this programme, you need to hold either the MNZ Mate Fishing Vessel – Limited license, or the STCW Watchkeeper Deck 500t Near Coastal license. You will also be eligible to enrol if you hold a New Zealand Offshore Watchkeeper license, however you will also need to enrol on two additional courses covering Ship Stability and Cargo/Fishing vessel operations.

This programme also includes all the short courses you require to gain your license, such as all the STCW basic and advanced short courses, and Radio certificates. If you already hold any of these short courses, you do not need to do them again – we will credit them towards your programme.

Please refer to the Maritime New Zealand publication Seacert(external link), which will provide information on how much seatime is required for each license.


Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

There are no minimum academic requirements. If English is not the applicant's first language they must provide evidence of an IELTS overall academic score of at least 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, issued within the last two years OR equivalent. Applicants must hold thefollowing MNZ Licences (or equivalent) : applicants for Maritime Operations - Skipper Coastal Offshore must hold an SRL or equivalent, applicants for Maritime Operations - Skipper Fishing Vessel Limited/ Master 500t Near Coastal must hold either Mate FV Limited or Watchkeeper Deck 500t Near Coastal. Applicants should be aware that there are MNZ sea time, medical and eyesight requirements for the MNZ licence which this Programme contributes towards. Applicants should refer to website. Applicants must provide a Seafarers Medical Certificate or equivalent not more than two years old to the Programme Administrator prior to commencing any one of the following courses: FAC303 STCW Elementary First Aid or FFT511 STCW Advanced Fire Fighting.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

18 Weeks

Student success Learn more

Student success data is unavailable for this qualification.

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

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

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students








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