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New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations - Master <500GT Near Coastal (Level 5)

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18 weeks

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This programme contributes to graduates obtaining their Maritime New Zealand license: Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited or STCW Master 500t Near Coastal.

This programme will give you the skills you need to take charge of, and maintain, the safety of vessels fishing vessels of less than 45 meters length, or non-fishing vessels up to 500t, operating within coastal and offshore limits (currently up to 200 nautical miles off the NZ coast).

To enroll on this programme, you need to hold either the MNZ Mate Fishing Vessel - Limited license, or the STCW Watch keeper Deck 500t Near Coastal license. You will also be eligible to enrol if you hold a New Zealand Offshore Watch keeper license; however you will also need to enrol on two additional courses covering Ship Stability and Cargo/Fishing vessel operations.

This programme also includes all the short courses you require to gain your license, 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.

Length: 18 weeks total duration - includes online/distance learning components and a 7 week block course here in Nelson prior to your MNZ Final Examination.

Entry criteria

Students must have equivalent entry to New Zealand NCEA Level 1 or 2. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

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