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Competenz can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.

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We partner with industry associations like the Maritime and Seafood Educators Association and members of your industry to build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, ensuring your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, supporting industry events like conferences and regularly celebrating your learners’ success.

Qualifications available

Most of these qualifications have been designed to meet the requirements of Maritime New Zealand’s seafarer licences. Maritime New Zealand is the Crown entity responsible for protecting New Zealand’s maritime environment and maintaining safety and security on and around the water.

Level 2 maritime qualifications cover entry-level positions. They offer a pathway into higher level qualifications in the maritime industry. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who are able to perform deck crew duties on a vessel under direct supervision.

Graduates will have the introductory maritime skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to work safely in a range of entry-level positions within the maritime industry.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to operate as a safe and effective deck crew member under limited supervision on vessels of less than 24 metres in length, operating in restricted and near coastal waters. 

The qualification is intended for people entering the industry and for those moving to a role where a Maritime New Zealand Qualified Deck Crew certificate may be required.

To be awarded a deck crew qualification also requires the completion of a Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Training Record Book.

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The purpose of this level qualification is to provide the fishing industry with personnel who are licensed under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) to work as crew on fishing vessels. They will be able to work under general supervision in the coastal, offshore and unlimited operational limits as specified in the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

This qualification is intended for people wishing to enter the industry or for fishing crew moving to a role where a Maritime New Zealand Advanced Deckhand - Fishing certificate may be required.

Completion of this qualification is a prerequisite when applying for a Maritime New Zealand Advanced Deckhand - Fishing Certificate. Awarding of this certificate by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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This entry-level qualification is intended to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to work with limited supervision as crew on vessels operating in unlimited waters. 

The Deck Crewing and Engineering strands meet the competency standards for Deck Watch Rating and Engine Room Watch Rating required under STCW, and as specified in the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

The Passenger Services strand is for crew responsible for passenger welfare on large passenger vessels who require an STCW basic certificate to assist in the event of maritime emergencies.

The Superyacht strand is for people wishing to crew on superyachts both in New Zealand waters and internationally where an STCW Basic certificate is required.

Completion of this qualification is a prerequisite to apply for a Maritime New Zealand Deck Watch Rating or Engine Watch Rating Certificate. Awarding of the Deck Watch Rating or Engine Watch Rating certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates

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The optional Marine Engineer Class 5 strand recognises the expanded skills and knowledge required to attain Marine Engineer Class 5 (MEC 5) certification under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

This qualification is intended for new entrants to the industry or engine room crew wishing to progress to the role of marine engineer. Graduates will generally operate under broad supervision from the chief engineer and the vessel master.

Completion of this qualification is a prerequisite when applying for a Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 6 or Marine Engineer Class 5 Certificate. Awarding of these certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills necessary to take charge of, and maintain, the safety of vessels of less than 24 metres in length operating within restricted limits under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain engine room and auxiliary equipment to entry-level Marine Engineer Class 6 (MEC 6) standards under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework. 

The optional Marine Engineer Class 5 strand recognises the expanded skills and knowledge required to attain Marine Engineer Class 5 (MEC 5) certification under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

This qualification is intended for new entrants to the industry or engine room crew wishing to progress to the role of marine engineer. Graduates will generally operate under broad supervision from the chief engineer and the vessel master.

Completion of this qualification is a prerequisite to applying for a Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 6 or Marine Engineer Class 5 Certificate. Awarding of these certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to work independently and with only broad guidance as crew on vessels operating in unlimited waters.

This qualification is intended for qualified deck and engine room crew wishing to advance to Able Seafarer roles and for people wishing to begin a career in marine electrotechnology. Graduates will carry out crewing duties within their strand speciality area at a support level to watchkeepers, masters, electro-technical officers or engineers.

Completion of this qualification is a prerequisite to apply for a Maritime New Zealand Able Seafarer Deck, Able Seafarer Engine, Integrated Rating and Electro-technology Rating certificates. Awarding of these certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to act independently under broad guidance as mate on a fishing vessel or watchkeeper on a commercial vessel.

The Fishing Strand is intended for people wishing to act as Mate on a 24-45 metre fishing vessel, operating within coastal and off-shore limits under the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F).

The Watchkeeper strand is intended for people wishing to act as Watchkeeper Deck on commercial vessels < 500GT operating within coastal and offshore limits under the International Convention on STCW.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by relevant international conventions to manage coastal or off-shore vessel operations as skipper on a fishing vessel or master on a commercial vessel.

Graduates will meet the requirements of International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F) and Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

This qualification is intended for experienced seafarers wishing to progress to command roles on fishing or commercial vessels.

Completion of this qualification is a prerequisite when applying for Maritime New Zealand Master <500 GT - Near Coastal or Skipper Fishing Vessel-Limited Certificates. Award of the Master <500 GT - Near Coastal or Skipper Fishing Vessel-Limited certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the fishing industry with personnel 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 intended for experienced fishing seafarers training to become Mate or Skipper on large offshore fishing vessels. It is also open to new entrants to the industry.

Graduates of the core qualification will work at the level of Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited; second in charge to the Skipper.

The Fishing Vessel Skipper Optional strand is for those wishing to take full charge of the vessel and gain the qualification of Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited.

Completion of this qualification is a pre-requisite when applying for Maritime New Zealand Mate Fishing Vessel - Unlimited or Skipper Fishing Vessel - Unlimited Certificates. Awarding of these certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have advanced maritime electro-technical skills to electro-technical officer standard under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

The qualification is intended for new entrants to the industry or electro technical ratings wishing to progress to roles as electro-technical officer. It would also be suitable for shore-based electrical engineers wishing to begin a career at sea.

The corresponding Maritime New Zealand Electro-technical Officer (ETO) certificate of competency is the most senior maritime electro-technical role.

Completion of this qualification is a pre-requisite to applying for a Maritime New Zealand Electro-technical Officer Certificate. Award of this certificate by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain engine room and auxiliary equipment to Marine Engineer Class 3 (MEC3) or Class 4 (MEC4) standards under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

The qualification is intended for marine engineers wishing to progress to more senior roles or move to larger vessels but is also open to new entrants to the industry.

Completion of this qualification is a pre-requisite to applying for a Maritime New Zealand Marine Engineer Class 3 (MEC3) or Class 4 (MEC4) Certificate. Award of these certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the skills and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to work as Officer of the Watch (Deck) on foreign-going ships. Graduates work directly under the Chief Mate or Master and have a very high level of responsibility for the safety of the vessel.

Graduates work directly under the Chief Mate or Master and have a very high level of responsibility for the safety of the vessel.

This qualification is for seafarers training to become officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 GT or more operating in unlimited waters but is also open to new entrants to the industry

The qualification covers the requirements for Watchkeeper Deck under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

Completion of this qualification is a pre-requisite to applying for a Maritime New Zealand Watchkeeper Deck - Unlimited Certificate. Award of this certificate by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of: a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with personnel who have the knowledge and skills to work as chief mate or master on yachts over 24 metres to the standards required under the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

This qualification is intended for yacht crew training to become Chief Mate or Master on a yacht but is also open to other seafarers and new entrants to the industry.

Graduates of the core qualification will work at a management level as Chief Mate.

The Master Yacht Optional strand is for those intending to take full charge of the vessel which requires certification as Master.

Completion of this qualification is a pre-requisite to applying for a Maritime New Zealand Master Yacht < 500 gross tonnes (GT), Chief Mate Yacht < 3000 GT and Master Yacht < 3000 GT Certificates. Award of these certificates by Maritime New Zealand may also require the completion of: a logbook, oral exam and ancillary certificates.

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