Study towards your Skipper Coastal and Offshore (SCO) certificate of competency

New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Coastal and Offshore) (Level 4)

Programme highlights

Take your career as a skipper to the next level.

If you hold a Skipper Restricted Limits (SRL) certificate of competency (endorsed to 24 metres), then this is your next step to progress your career.

Learn the skills to work as a skipper on a working, passenger, or fishing vessel (less than 24 metres in length) operating within the coastal and offshore limits.

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

You need to complete this qualification before applying to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) for your operating licence:

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 maritimenz.govt.nz for all requirements needed before you apply.

Key facts

Start month(s)

March

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School
Online

Level 4
Domestic fees

$5,200 (approx.)

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*)

Not available

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Programme code NZ2892
Duration

Full-time for 26 teaching weeks.

Includes online learning while you work, and 18 teaching weeks of block courses in-class. Block courses can be taken across consecutive years. 

Max 5 years to complete programme.

Study method

Blended

Credits 85
International fees NZD$12,400 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Coastal and Offshore) (Level 4)


Entry requirements

General

Open entry for domestic students

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

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

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 https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/rules/part-34/default.asp and Maritime New Zealand Part 34:Medical Standards https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/rules/part-34/Part34-maritime-rule.pdf.

International students

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the below nine courses (85 credits):

Level 2

723.221 STCW basic safety training basic first aid (5 credits)

Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to first aid onboard a vessel.

942.210 STCW basic safety training basic sea survival (5 credits)

Apply safe and sustainable work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.

Level 4

942.450 STCW basic safety training basic fire fighting (5 credits)

Apply safe work practices and contribute to effective communication and emergency response to a fire on board a vessel.

943.439 Coastal Navigation and Passage Position (25 credits)

By the end of the course, you will be able to plan and conduct a coastal and/or offshore passage and determine position.

943.440 Electronic navigation aids (10 credits)

To plan and conduct a coastal and/or offshore passage and determine position and utilise Electronic Navigation Aids and demonstrate an ability to operate safely and determine the ship’s position by use of all navigational aids and equipment commonly fitted on board the ships.

943.441 Meteorology – SCO (5 credits)

By the end of the course you will be able to: Obtain and interpret coastal and offshore meteorological information to assist in safe passage making.

943.442 General knowledge – orals prep SCO (13 credits)

By the end of the course, you will be able to manage safety aboard a coastal and offshore vessel.

943.443 MGROC radio (2 credits)

By the end of the course, you will be able to utilise MF, HF and VHF radios in the maritime radio telecommunications network to obtain and broadcast Maritime Safety Information, including the sending and response to distress messages.

943.444 Stability SCO (15 credits)

By the end of the course, you will be able to maintain vessel stability.

Career opportunities

Skipper on a working ferry or fishing vessel less than 24 metres in length, operating within the coastal and offshore limits.

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.

Information is correct as at 7 September 2022. 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 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. 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 part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.