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Merchant Marine, Nautical Science, and Seamanship Education & Training in Auckland, NZ

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Established in 1930, The New Zealand Maritime School (NZMS) is the only premier maritime school in New Zealand. The School provides a total range of maritime training for all grades of nautical qualifications, from small pleasure launches and sailing craft to a master mariner, qualified to command any size of merchant ship anywhere in the world. The school is now a part of Manukau Institute of Technology, the largest government tertiary institution in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Maritime School hosts Manukau Institute of Technology’s Centre for Logistics and is the premier provider of logistics industry training in New Zealand. Manukau Institute of Technology is a leader in technical and vocational education delivering a range of academic qualifications from certificate to degree level. Each year 20,000 students including 1,000 international students choose to study at MIT.

Located in the Auckland city center, the New Zealand Maritime School is close to New Zealand’s largest container port, being at the hub of commercial boating, shipping and other maritime activities, is easily accessible by public transport from any part of Auckland, and is very close to a large range of inexpensive accommodation.

New Zealand Maritime School provides Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) approved certifications, licensing and programs.(MNZ is an NZ government entity responsible for protecting the maritime environment within New Zealand and maintaining safety and security). Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) is a government tertiary institution and provides programs and training approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

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Training Programs


Domestic Maritime Programs

  • New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Crewing (Level 3): This program provides an entry level qualification for students wanting to work as crew under limited supervision on a range of restricted limits vessels such as harbor ferries, charter vessels and work boats.
  • New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing - Superyacht Crewing (Level 3) (12 weeks): This program is designed to qualify persons for crew positions on Super Yachts in New Zealand waters and overseas. A Super Yacht Crewing Certificate will open doors to a worldwide network of opportunities in the marine industry.
  • OOW <500GT NC / Mate FV Limited: This qualification is for persons engaged in the maritime industry, working at sea on vessels. Get the skills and knowledge to embark on a career as an Officer of the Watch on vessels under 500GT in the Near Coastal area. 
  • Certificate in Skipper Restricted Limits (Level 4): In partnership with industry this program will prepare you for an interesting career in an industry which requires well-trained people ready to accept responsibility and act in the best interest of maritime safety.
  • Skipper Coastal and Offshore: This qualification is for persons in the maritime industry who hold their Skipper Restricted Limits Certificate of Competence or equivalent. It enables you to develop the knowledge and skills required to safely manage a vessel less than 24 meters in length, operating within coastal and offshore limits (near coastal).
  • Master 500GT NC and Master FV (Limited): Develop the skills to further your seagoing career as Master of a vessel less than 500GT in the Near Coastal area or a Master of a Fishing Vessel in the limited area.
  • Chief Mate Yacht / Master Yacht: This is a program for participants in the Super Yacht industry. Completion of this program meets the training requirements for the issue of a Certificate of Competence as a Chief Mate Yacht (CMY). Completion of the optional additional strand qualifies as meeting the required training for Master Yacht.

Marine Engineering Programs

  • New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 4) with strands in Deck Crew, Electro-technology, and Engineering: Get basic maritime knowledge and skills and become familiar with shipping operations, shipboard practice and survival at sea. The strands in this certificate combined with seatime form the first year of our three Diploma's (Nautical Science, Marine Engineering and Marine Electro-Technology (Level 6). It is expected that you will continue on to one of these Diploma's.
  • New Zealand Diploma in Marine Engineering (Level 6): This program provides a qualification for students wanting to work as Engineering Officers on a wide range of foreign going ships from cruise liners, ferries, and container vessels through to support vessels in the oil and gas industry. Completion of this program will enable you to obtain a sea-going certificate of competency from Maritime New Zealand which will entitle you to sail as an Engineer Watchkeeping Officer on foreign going vessels operating worldwide.
  • New Zealand Certificate in Marine Engineering Class 6 (Level 4) with strand in Marine Engineering Class 5: Get the skills and knowledge you'll require for an entry-level marine engineer position on wide range of domestic vessels and foreign going fishing ships. This qualification is designed to meet the requirements for training for the MNZ Marine Engineer Class 6 and Marine Engineer Class 5 Certificate of Competence issued by Maritime New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Diploma in Marine Electro-Technology (Level 6): This qualification is designed for students who want to work as officers on wide range of foreign going ships, from cruise liners, ferries, and container vessels through to support vessels in the oil and gas industry. The program prepares you for an interesting career in an international industry, which has solid demand for well-trained and motivated people.
  • Marine Engineer Class 2 and Marine Engineer Class 1 (Level 7): Develop advanced knowledge plus analytical and problem-solving skills to become a high-level trouble shooter whose resourcefulness will be called on time and again. Build on your specialist knowledge to take charge of some or all operations, and lead teams of engineers.

Nautical Foreign-Going Programs


  • New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6): Get an internationally recognized qualification that can lead to a well-paid position in a foreign-going career with global shipping companies. Combine practical sea-time and training ashore to build on your knowledge in navigation methods, radar, bridge systems, hazards, compass work, meteorology, maritime practices, ship properties and shipboard communications.
  • Chief Mate and Master Certificate of Competency (Level 7): Progress to overall command of your vessel. Develop specialist knowledge so you can take responsibility for the crew, cargo and passengers, and manage the ship's records and administration. Get essential analytical and problem-solving skills to command a foreign going ship or managerial positions ashore.
  • Diploma in Foreign Going Master or Chief (Level 7): Nautical Master will progress to overall command of your vessel. Marine Engineering | Chief MEC 1 and MEC 2 will progress to being in charge of engineering and technical departments on the most complex and technologically advanced ships. This program commences in 2019 and replaces the current Chief Mate and Master Certificate (Level 7) and Marine Engineer Class 2 and Marine Engineer Class 1 (Level 7).

Marine Short Courses

  • Bridge Resource Management 1 / HELM at Operational Level (5 days)
  • Bridge Resource Management 2 / HELM at Management Level (5 days)
  • Crisis Management and Human Behavior (CMHB) (1.5 days)
  • Advanced Marine Pilot Training (5 days)
  • Generic ECDIS (5 days)
  • Advanced Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) Training (2 days)
  • Podded Propulsion Training (2 days)

SeaWays Tugmaster Training

  • ASD/ATD Vessel Handling (5 days)
  • Undertaking Harbor Towage Operations (5 days)

STCW Training

Nautical Institute accredited DP Training

  • Dynamic Positioning Induction Training (5 days)
  • Dynamic Positioning Simulator Training (5 days)
  • Dynamic Positioning Ship Handling Training (3 days)

Shipping & Logistics Programs

  • The Shipping & Freight, Logistics & Supply Chain Management are conducted by Manukau Institute of Technology’s Centre for Logistics at the school. The details of the programs can be found here - Manukau Institute of Technology.

LAST UPDATED ON Sep 20, 2018

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