Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits
Level 4

Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits

  • Fees Free eligible programme

    Learn more(external link)

  • Locations and dates


    Flexible start dates
  • 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

    2020: $1,407 plus $170 Student Services Levy, 2021: $1,436 plus $170 Student Services Levy

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

  • National qualification code

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

This programme contributes to graduates obtaining their Maritime New Zealand licence: Skipper Restricted Limits.

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This is the entry level Maritime New Zealand license for you to be able to operate as a Skipper of a small vessel.

You need to complete the 18 week online course, and complete the Training Record Book and have 200 hours sea service before attending a block course on the Nelson campus. Choose from the list of block course dates available.(external link)

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. 

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

This programme covers:

  • Navigation
  • Commercial maritime knowledge
  • Survival training
  • Fire Fighting
  • Electronic Navigation systems
  • Maritime Radiotelephone Operator Certificate (MROC)
  • First Aid 
  • Engineering

The structure of the SRL programme is a combination of distance learning and a set of block courses towards the end of your programme. Most students take 4-6 months to gain their seatime, complete the online/distance learning assessments, complete their Training Record Book, and attend all the training block courses.

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