Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits
Level 4

Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits

  • We are evolving

    From 1 October 2022, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates


    2 January 2023
    1 February 2023
    20 February 2023
    1 March 2023
    3 April 2023
    24 April 2023
    1 May 2023
    5 June 2023
    3 July 2023
    1 August 2023
    4 September 2023
    2 October 2023
    1 November 2023
    4 December 2023
  • Length

    24 weeks total duration – includes online/distance learning components and a 5 week block course here in Nelson prior to your MNZ Final Examination

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $1,441 plus $170 Student Services Levy; 2023: $1,480 plus $170 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    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


Want to broaden your boating knowledge and be able to skipper a small commercial vessel? NMIT can offer you the flexibility to study around your existing career and keep a balanced lifestyle.

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This programme contributes to graduates obtaining their Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) licence: Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL), allowing you to operate as a Skipper of a small vessel.

With SRL, you can perform a skipper’s (master’s) functions and duties on passenger and non-passenger ships less than 12 metres in length overall, carrying up to 19 passengers within restricted limits (which includes both enclosed and inshore limits) and on fishing vessels less than 12 metres length overall, in enclosed and inshore fishing limits. Once you have your SRL license, you can progress to larger vessels.

SRL Distance learning

Online learning with a 5-week block course

This SRL programme is a combination of distance learning with a set of block courses towards the end of your programme, before joining the block course on the Nelson campus and your MNZ final examination.

Generally, the following takes students 4 – 6 months.

  • 19-week online course
  • 200 hours of sea service
  • MNZ Training Record Book
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World-class facilities

No matter which study option you choose you will have the opportunity to work with our highly experienced Maritime tutors as they show you how to use NMIT’s world-class maritime facilities.

Enter the bridge simulation suite, build your collision regulation skills, and learn how to skipper a vessel in a wide range of conditions. Here you can also build confidence with electronic navigation equipment (chart plotters, radar) whilst manoeuvring vessels in NZ ports.

Read more about Maritime New Zealand guidelines for Skipper Restricted Limits(external link).







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