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New Zealand Diploma in Maritime Operations - Skipper Fishing Vessel Unlimited (Level 6)

This course is available


Level of Study



245 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Sep 2023


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


This qualification will give you the skills you need to apply for your Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited COC.

If you have completed your Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited qualification and have been working at sea, offshore, on a fishing vessel of 12m or more for at least 12 months, you can now return and complete this optional strand and progress your career.

This programme contains all the training and supplementary certificates you will need for your COC. Including STCW basic safety training, advanced fire fighting, PISC and rescue boats, GMDSS Radio Operator.

This optional strand includes:

Navigation and command control

Maritime Legislation

Fishing Vessel Management

Fishing Vessel Operations

Command Competency

Medical First Aid.

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

NCEA Level 2


A qualification on the NZQF at Level 4 or above in a related discipline

Alternative requirements

Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager or delegate.

English Language requirements

  • IELTS: Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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