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New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing with Strands in Deck Crew, Electro-technology, and Engineering (Level 4)

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17 weeks
Start date: 25-April-2022
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Gain the skills and knowledge you need to apply for your Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW).

Upskill to an able seafarer role

This Maritime Crewing (Level 4) programme caters for qualified deck and engine room crew wishing to advance to able seafarer roles.

You have the option to complete this programme with one of two strands: Deck Crew or Engineering (We are also accredited to offer the Electro technical Rating strand, however no set intakes are available at this time. Please contact our IMINZ team if you have a particular interest in this strand.)

As a graduate of this qualification you will carry out crewing duties within your strand specialty area at a support level to watch keepers, masters or engineers.

Completion of this qualification is a prerequisite to applying for a

  • Maritime New Zealand STCW Able Seafarer Deck license, or
  • Maritime New Zealand STCW Able Seafarer Engine license.

Either of these licenses will allow you to work independently and with only broad guidance as crew on vessels operating in unlimited waters.

What will I learn?

Graduates of this qualification will be able to apply safe and sustainable working practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.

Graduates of the Deck Crew Strand will also be able to:

  • Contribute as a deck hand to shipboard maintenance and repair
  • Maintain a safe navigational watch at the support level and assist with berthing the vessel
  • Handle and correctly stow cargo and stores
  • Safely operate deck equipment and machinery
  • Operate survival craft and rescue boats.

Graduates of the Engineering Strand will also be able to:

  • Contribute as an engineer to shipboard maintenance and repair
  • Contribute to on-board engineering

Further study

This qualification can build on the skills already developed in:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 3) with strands in Deck Crewing, Engineering

Upon graduating from this programme you may progress to:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 6 (Level 4)

Entry criteria

There are no minimum academic requirements for entry to the Maritime Crewing Programmes.

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.

  • Level 4 Programmes: IELTS of at least 5.5 (with no band score lower than 5.0) issued within the last two years, or equivalent.
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 42
  • City & Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 42

Other requirements

Applicants must hold either:

STCW Deck Watch Rating (for Deck Crewing strand)
STCW Engine Watch Rating (for Engineering strand)

Applicants should be aware that there are MNZ sea time, medical and eyesight requirements for the MNZ license which their programme contributes towards.


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