NZ Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations

NZ Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations Level 4 Leading to the MNZ licence Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL)

“The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Westport Deep Sea Fishing School Ltd Trading as Westport Deep Sea Fishing School is accredited to provide it under section 250 of the Act.”
“Kua whakamanahia tēnei akoranga e Te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa i raro i te wāhanga 249 o te Ture Mātauranga 1989, ā, kua whakamanahia a Westport Deep Sea Fishing School Ltd Trading as Westport Deep Sea Fishing School ki te whakarato i taua akoranga i raro i te wāhanga 250 o te Ture.”
The WDSFS is pleased to offer this certificate starting in 2019. We have a practical program supported by 2 training vessels and the ability to complete some sections of the MNZ workbook on these vessels.
In some instances, we may be able to offer scholarship fees towards a program of leaning so please ask and see what we have available.
Feel free to contact Peter Maich on 027 450 7585 with any questions on this program, applications and final licencing details.


Westport, Flexi Intakes, No minimum numbers

Full time on site

6 weeks.


$2,000 GST inc

Please contact Peter Maich on 0274 507585 for details on program timing and the process from application to issue of Maritime NZ licences. 


The Westport Deep Sea Fishing School owns and operates a 50 room hostel where rooms are available if you require. Call 0800 782 969 for more information.

Qualifications Gained

On successful program completion the following will be gained.

• New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Restricted Limits) (Level 4)
• STCW Fire Prevention and Fire-fighting
• STCW Personal Survival Techniques
• STCW Elementary First Aid.
• Maritime Restricted Radio Operators Certificate (MROCC)

WDSFS will also assist with the MNZ application for the Skipper Restricted Limits licence if required and can conduct the final MNZ exams toward this licence.

Total credits: 85
This is a full-time program of study

Program Content

Maritime Restricted Radio Operator Certificate (MRROC)
Maritime Knowledge,
Maritime Legal
Maritime Safety
Maritime Engineering
Maritime Maintenance

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum academic requirements for entry.

English language requirements
All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Those students whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (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.

Other requirements
It is recommended that applicants be currently employed within a commercial maritime operation and/or have ongoing access to commercial vessels and MNZ qualified skippers to assist with your completion of the MNZ Workbook to WDSFS’ approval.
Prior to commencing the programme, a Criminal History consent form mustbe supplied. A drug and alcohol test may be required prior to commencing study.
Applicants will need to meet the full MNZ sea time, medical and eyesight requirements prior to commencing this programme and be 18 years of age or over if they wish to be eligible for the MNZ licence which this programme contributes towards.

Note: Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand license. All persons wishing to qualify for a seafarer license must also check the Maritime New Zealand prior certification and minimum service requirements for that license.

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