Study towards your Qualified Deck Crew (QDC) certificate of proficiency, for free*

New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Crewing (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Take the first step in your maritime career and gain the licence required to operate as safe and effective deck crew.

This programme is ideal if you are newly employed in the maritime industry working on a vessel or have access to a vessel.

If you are an employer, this programme will compliment your new employee induction training. It will include emergency procedures to help with the safety of the vessel and it's crew members, including basic extinguisher training, sea survival skills and the completion of the marine radio licence.

You will be able to train for your ticket while being employed, so you can learn while you are on the water. You will complete a MNZ approved Training Record Book (TRB) as part of this programme.

You will be prepared with the skills and knowledge to work under supervision on a range of commercial and passenger vessels less than 24 metres in length, operating in restricted and near coastal waters of New Zealand.

You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.

This qualification leads to a Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) certificate. Expand for more detail.

This qualification combined with sea time prepares you for the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ):

Award of the MNZ certificate of competency will also require the completion of:

  • Sea service
  • MNZ medical fitness certificate
  • Eyesight test (including for colour vision)
  • Fit and proper person check
  • Final exam
  • Ancillary certificates.

See for all requirements needed before you apply.

Key facts

Start month(s)

Rolling intakes

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School

Level 3
Domestic fees


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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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Programme code NZ2895

Part-time for 1 year (35 teaching weeks).

Includes online, in-class workshops and training record book. 

The maximum time to complete this programme part-time is 5 years.

Study method
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Credits 40
International fees Not available to international students
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

Not available

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Crewing (Level 3)

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

Important information

Entry to this qualification is open but completion does not guarantee the award of a Maritime New Zealand licence.

All persons wishing to qualify for a seafarer licence must also check the Maritime New Zealand prior certification and minimum service requirements for that licence. Also: Seafarers Framework which outlines medical fitness requirements and Maritime New Zealand Part 34: Medical Standards

Programme structure

You will need to complete the three courses below (40 credits):

943.342 Operational seamanship (15 credits)

Provide the student with the seamanship knowledge and skills to support the safe operation of a vessel.

943.343 Health and safety support to vessel personnel (10 credits)

Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to the health and safety of all persons on board a vessel.

943.344 Safety support during vessel emergencies (15 credits)

Provide the student with the knowledge and skills to contribute to safety during vessel emergency situations.

Career opportunities

Holders of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work as deck crew on either general commercial or passenger vessels operating in restricted or coastal waters. You can also progress to higher level certificates and larger vessels.

MIT is becoming Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, MIT will next year become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa. This means that while you’re applying with MIT now, from Semester 1, 2023 when you enrol you’ll become a Te Pūkenga learner.

The new system has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including the programme that you’ve enrolled with. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

As the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time. Rest assured that we’ll notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you’re studying, where you’re studying or the ways you’re learning.

*Free tuition fees for this qualification apply for new domestic students. This offer is subject to availability within New Zealand's Maritime School’s maximum permitted class sizes. Entry criteria apply.

Information is correct as at October 2019. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.