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
Full-time or part-time
24 weeks total duration - includes online/distance learning components and a 15-18 week block course here in Nelson prior to your MNZ Final Examination.
2023: $7,447 plus $240 Student Services Levy for 120 credits. Additional course fees will apply for learners with no prior maritime course completion or experience. Contact NMIT for further information.
A 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.
This programme contributes to graduates obtaining their Maritime New Zealand licence: Watchkeeper Deck 500t Near Coastal.
The MNZ licence for Watchkeeper Deck 500t Near Coastal licences enable you to work on a vessel operating within the coastal and offshore limits (currently up to 200 nautical miles off the NZ coast). These strands also include all the short courses you require to gain your licence, such as all the STCW basic and advanced short courses, and Radio certificates.
The Watchkeeper Deck 500t Near Coast Strand is for people working on commercial vessels (non-fishing) and who want to progress to being a watchkeeper on near-coastal vessels (non-fishing) operating within the coastal and offshore limits (currently up to 200 nautical miles off the NZ coast).
The programme will give you the skills you need to demonstrate safe watchkeeping practices on a commercial vessel during navigation, deck cargo planning, loading and discharging operations and emergency situations whilst maintaining vessel safety and compliance.
If you have some skills or experience gained from working on commercial vessels as a deckhand, then this programme is for you.
These strands also include all the short courses you require to gain your licence, 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 licence.