New Zealand Diploma in Fishing Vessel Operations

Skipper Training NZ

Subject area

Marine Craft Operation




1 Year

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the fishing industry with people who are licensed under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) to manage the operation of fishing vessels in unlimited waters.

This qualification is for experienced fishing seafarers intending to become Mate or Skipper on large offshore fishing vessels but is also open to new entrants to the industry.
Graduates of will be able to work at the level of Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited; second in charge to the Skipper.

The Fishing Vessel Skipper Optional Strand is for those intending to take full charge of the vessel and become certified as Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic requirements There are no minimum academic requirements for entry. Other requirements This qualification is for experienced fishing seafarers intending to become Mate or Skipper on large offshore fishing vessels but is also open to new entrants to the industry. Applicants will be made aware that they must meet the full MNZ sea time, medical and eyesight requirements prior to commencing this programme if they wish to be eligible for the MNZ licence which this programme contributes towards. Applicants will be referred to the MNZ Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited and Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited requirements which can be found on the www.maritimenz.govt.New Zealand website. 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 guided learning portion of this programme. Selection All candidates who meet the entry requirements are accepted on the programme; however, applicants will be provided with programme information to ensure the applicant is aware of the programme content, assessment policies and entry requirements and recommendations. There also maybe an interview for entry on to the programme to confirm that this is the appropriate programme in terms of their career progression. This may be conducted by skype or other electronic forums.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


1 Year

Tuition Fees

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Student Success


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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (03) 546 9700

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