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Maritime NZ RFPNW Deck Watch Rating (DWR) Certificate of Proficiency (MNZ SeaCert & STCW) Requirements for New Zealand Seafarers

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The Deck Watch Rating (DWR) certificate is issued under regulation II/4 (RFPNW) of the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW). With this certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of a deck crew member (deck watch rating) forming part of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage (GT) or more in any operating area.

The information in this guideline covers training, sea service and other requirements for the certificate. It does not cover recognition of an equivalent certificate obtained outside New Zealand. From DWR, you can progress to Able Seafarer Deck (AB Deck).

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You may also read: International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW requirements for RFPNW


MNZ Deck Watch Rating (DWR) General Requirements

  • 16 years old, medically fit and have good eyesight
  • Good character and a fit and proper person
  • Must have met the minimum sea service requirements
  • Complete and pass an approved training course or complete an approved training record book
  • Must have the required ancillary certificates and a steering certificate
  • Pass MNZ’s final exam

MNZ Deck Watch Rating (DWR) Requirements

MNZ Deck Watch Rating (DWR) Prior Certification Requirements

  • None required

MNZ Deck Watch Rating (DWR) Sea Service Requirements

  • Option 1: six months’ sea service on ships of 500GT or more (and an approved training course)
  • Option 2: two months’ sea service on ships of 500GT or more (including structured on-board training documented in an approved training record book)

MNZ Deck Watch Rating (DWR) Training & Exam Requirements

  • Option 1: Training course - You must attend and pass an approved DWR training course to achieve all of the required competencies for this certificate, as specified in section A-II/4 of the STCW Code.
  • Option 2: Training record book - For Option 2, you will receive the training required for this certificate by completing the two months of sea service and associated on-board training documented in an approved training record book. The Director of MNZ has approved the International Shipping Federation’s On Board Training Record Book for Deck Ratings (including new STCW grade of ‘Able Seafarer Deck’ based on the STCW 2010 amendments) as a record of training and experience for the DWR certificate.
  • You must pass a final exam to show you have met the standards of competency specified in section A-III/4 of the STCW Convention.

MNZ Deck Watch Rating (DWR) Ancillary Certificates 

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Table: Maritime NZ DWR Ancillary Certificate Requirements - Credits: MNZ

Disclaimer: For general information purpose - please check with Maritime NZ for the latest requirements and accurate info

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