NZ certificate in Fishing Vessel Crewing Leading to Advanced Deckhand Fishing

New Zealand Certificate in Fishing Vessel Crewing (Level 3)

The Westport Deep Sea Fishing School is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 249 of the Education Act 1989, and Westport Deep Sea Fishing School Ltd 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 wāhanaga 249 o te Ture Mātauranga 1989, ā, kua whakamanahia a Westport Deep Sea Fishing School Ltd ki te whakarato i taua i te wāhanga 250 o te Ture.

Westport, Flexi Intakes, No minimum numbers
Full time on site
Variable depending on experience, call for details
$2,000.00 + GST.


This program is the New Zealand Certificate that is required as part of the application to Maritime New Zealand for the Advanced Deckhands Licence – Fishing (ADH-F)

Graduates of this course will be able to work under supervision in the coastal, offshore and unlimited operational limits as specified in the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

If you want to enter the maritime industry and work towards a career on the deck of a fishing vessel this is the one for you.

If you are currently in the industry and need to undertake training for the Maritime New Zealand Advanced Deckhand Fishing Licence this program is part of that pathway. Along with qualifying seatime, a completed Maritime New Zealand Workbook and successful program completion you will be eligible to sit for the MNZ Licence.

WDSFS can assist with the application process for the AHD-F Licence and provide the finial MNZ exams that are required for the MNZ licence application.


Accommodation, Evening meal and breakfast are available at our student hostel at a daily rate of $50.00 gst inc

Qualifications Gained

On successful program completion the following will be gained.
• New Zealand Certificate in Fishing Vessel Crewing (Level 3)
• STCW Fire Prevention and Fire-fighting
• STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
• STCW Personal Survival Techniques
• STCW Elementary First Aid.

WDSFS will also assist with the MNZ application for the Advanced Deckhand-Fishing (ADH-F) licence if required and can conduct the final MNZ exams toward this licence.
Total credits: 75
This is a full time program of study

Program Content

1. Demonstrate safe and sustainable working practices and contribute to effective communications and relationships on board a vessel. Basic safety training:
• STCW Personal survival techniques
• STCW Fire prevention and firefighting
• STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
• STCW Elementary first aid
• Prevention of marine pollution
• Prevention of shipboard accidents

2. Understand operational factors that affect the safety of the fishing vessel and crew, including nautical terminology and commands.
• Marine (Nautical) terms
• Orders commonly used in fishing operations
• Dangers associated with fishing operations
• Handling and maintenance of deck appliances
• Good personal conduct and use of personal protection equipment to minimise hazards

3. Assist with vessel navigation at the support level.
• Helm orders
• Lookout duties

4. Understand fishing vessel construction and factors affecting stability and seaworthiness.
Construction, application, purpose and handling of equipment

• Vessel stability and seaworthiness

5. Apply seamanship knowledge and skills to the safe operation of the vessel at the support level.
• Knowledge of splicing ropes
• Mooring operations and the handling of mooring ropes
• Commands for mooring, anchoring and towing

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age

Language Requirements
International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.And below under the title English Competency.
Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

To gain the MNZ licence Advanced Deckhand Fishing, 6 months seatime along with a completed workbook, MNZ Medical, Eyesight test and an application to MNZ for exams as well as a final exam with an MNZ examiner.
WDSFS can assist with these requirements and the application to MNZ

Resources For ADH-F Licence Application

Resources For ADH-F Licence Application
Summary of required forms for application is below:

Seafarer training record book: Advanced Deckhand Fishing or request a printed and bound copy from the WDSFS.

MNZ ADH-F guidelines

MNZ seafarer certificate application form

MNZ medical examination form

MNZ certificate of medical fitness

Note, the MNZ approved doctor needs both the medical forms, one for the examination and one to state the outcome of the exam. Please take both to an appointment.