Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits
Level 4

Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits

  • Fees Free eligible programme

    Learn more(external link)

  • Locations and dates


    3 May 2021
    7 June 2021
    5 July 2021
    2 August 2021
    6 September 2021
    4 October 2021
    1 November 2021
    6 December 2021
    3 January 2022
    1 February 2022
    21 February 2022
    1 March 2022
    4 April 2022
    25 April 2022
    2 May 2022
    6 June 2022
    4 July 2022
    1 August 2022
    5 September 2022
    3 October 2022
    1 November 2022
    5 December 2022
  • Length

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

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2020: $1,407 plus $170 Student Services Levy, 2021: $1,424 plus $170 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

    NZ2505 - New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Restricted Limits) (Level 4)

NEW: SRL ‘nights’ enables busy people to complete their qualification with evening classes.

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

This programme contributes to graduates obtaining their Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) licence: Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL) which will allow 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 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 Nights

Online/evening learning

SRL Nights offers a combination of online learning with a weekly evening session every Wednesday, from 17:00 – 21:00 through the year.

This programme will enable you to gain relevant sea time and complete your MNZ Training Record Book and final MNZ oral exams.

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, prior to joining the block course on the Nelson campus and your MNZ final examination.

Generally, the following takes students 4 – 6 months.

  • 18-week online course
  • 200 hours sea service
  • MNZ Training Record Book

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 of NMIT’s world class maritime facilities.

Enter the bridge simulation suite and 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.

Choose from the list of block course dates available(external link) or read more about Maritime New Zealand guidelines for Skipper Restricted Limits(external link).

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