Study towards the Watchkeeper Deck certificate of competency

New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6)

(Also known as Officer of the Watch (OOW) or 2nd mates ticket)

Programme highlights

Develop your skills to become a watchkeeper (officer of the watch) on seagoing ships.

This programme is for you if:

  • You are a new trainee entering the industry and need to complete your training before you commence your job at sea. You will need to complete the 17 week New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 4) Deck Crew strand before progressing into this programme; or
  • You are in the industry, training to become a watchkeeper on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more, operating in unlimited waters.

This programme can be completed full-time, or in short blocks in between periods at sea.

Learn the skills and knowledge to complete all the duties required of a watchkeeper deck (officer in charge of a navigational watch) onboard seagoing ships. You'll work directly under the Chief Mate or Master and have a very high level of responsibility for the safety of the vessel.

You will learn to manage the planning of a passage and the maintenance of a safe navigational watch using electronic navigation aids and traditional celestial navigation on a seagoing vessel. You will learn how to manage the cargo and the non-technical maintenance of the vessel at an operational level. You will also learn advanced leadership skills to manage resources and crew onboard, and lead the response to emergencies and distress at sea.

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

You need to complete this qualification including sea time, before applying to MNZ for a:

There are two options for sea time requirements:

  • Option one: 12 months sea time and your MNZ approved Training Record Book (TRB); or
  • Option two (already in industry): At least 36 months experience working on a qualifying ship, including at least 6 months as part of the navigation team. For more information on this study option, please contact NZ Maritime School.

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.

Holders of this certificate of competency will have the licence required to work as a watchkeeper deck (officer in charge of a navigational watch) on ships of any gross tonnage under the MNZ SeaCert licencing system. This is an internationally recognised programme, meeting the standards of the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) STCW code (Standard for Training and Certification for Watchkeepers), (regulation II/2).

Key facts

Start month(s)

February
(flexible start dates throughout the year may be available for certain modules, enquire for more information)

Study location(s)

New Zealand Maritime School

Level 6
Domestic fees

$7,100 (approx.) per year

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Programme code NZ2515
Duration

Full-time for 3 years (35 teaching weeks per year).

Includes 2 years of class attendance and 12 months practical sea time.

Study method

Full-time

Credits 300
International fees NZD$16,400 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*)

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Qualification leads to

New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6)


Entry requirements

General

  • Students intending to pursue a seagoing career must produce evidence of having met the medical and eyesight standards currently in force by Maritime New Zealand. These are statutory requirements for working on ships.

AND

  • Completed the academic component of the New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing - Able Seafarer Deck strand (L4) (NZ2511-01)

OR

  • Provide evidence of sea service required for the Watchkeeper certificate of competency as per STCW code

Academic

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme


Applicants with no seagoing experience:

  • 14 credits in either Mathematics (calculus, algebra or equivalent) and/or Physics

English Language entry requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English.

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-internationalstudents

Note: For this programme this means applicants whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.0 or no band lower than 5.5.

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the below 26 courses (300 credits):

Year one

Level 2

942.204 Maritime Preparatory (7 credits)

Introduction to solving problems using applied mathematics and the principles of physics in the maritime environment.

Level 3

141.318 Maritime Mathematics (15 credits)

Solve problems using applied mathematics in the maritime environment.

942.306 Maritime Computing (7 credits)

Introduction to computers in the maritime environment.

Level 4

942.418 Bridge Preparatory (10 credits)

Preparatory for students about to complete their 6 months understudying the officer of the watch at sea.

942.419 Basic Fire Fighting (6 credits)

Control and extinguish fires on board ship and conduct blind search and rescue operations.

942.430 Proficiency in Survival Craft (6 credits)

Take charge of survival craft.

942.431 Maritime Industry (7 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of the maritime industry.

942.445 Maritime Physics (19 credits)

Apply physics principles to appreciate systems and to solve problems in the maritime environment.

Year two

Campus course component

Level 4

942.446 Ship Construction (7 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of ship construction.

Level 5

942.507 Coastal Navigation (4 credits)

Navigate a foreign-going ship using coastal navigation techniques.

942.514 Deck Watchkeeping (8 credits)

Perform the duties of a deck watchkeeper in port and dry dock.

942.521 Plan Passages (15 credits)

Plan passages for foreign-going ships.

942.522 Anti-Collision Radar (4 credits)

Utilise radar on foreign-going ships for collision prevention.

942.523 Tidal Predictions (8 credits)

Determine tidal windows for port entry and departure.

942.524 Meteorology (12 credits)

Apply the principles of meteorology to forecast future conditions.

942.526 Compass Work (4 credits)

Utilise compasses, repeaters and automatic pilots of foreign-going ships.

946.501 Celestial Navigation (14 credits)

Navigate a foreign-going ship using celestial techniques.

Level 6

942.662 Stability and Stress (15 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of ship construction.

942.664 Cargo Work (15 credits)

Determine criteria for the handling and carriage of cargoes in a foreign-going ship.

942.666 Electronic Navigation (10 credits)

Navigate a foreign-going ship using electronic aids.

942.668 Bridge Watchkeeping (16 credits)

Perform the duties of a watchkeeping officer.

Sea course component

Level 4

942.444 Ship Construction (4 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of ship construction.

Level 5

942.529 Meteorology (4 credits)

Apply the principles of meteorology to forecast future conditions.

942.556 Plan Passages (3 credits)

Plan passages for foreign-going ships.

942.557 Anti-Collision Radar (4 credits)

Utilise radar on foreign-going ships for collision prevention.

942.559 Tidal Predictions (3 credits)

Determine tidal windows for port entry and departure.

942.564 Coastal Navigation (4 credits)

Navigate a foreign-going ship using celestial techniques.

942.565 Deck Watchkeeping (4 credits)

Perform the duties of a deck watchkeeper in port and dry dock.

942.567 Compass Work (4 credits)

Utilise compasses, repeaters and automatic pilots of foreign-going ships.

946.502 Celestial Navigation (4 credits)

Navigate a foreign-going ship using celestial techniques.

Level 6

942.663 Stability and Stress (4 credits)

Demonstrate knowledge of ship construction.

942.665 Cargo Work (4 credits)

Determine criteria for the handling and carriage of cargoes in a foreign-going ship.

942.667 Electronic Navigation (5 credits)

Navigate a foreign-going ship using electronic aids.

942.669 Bridge Watchkeeping (5 credits)

Perform the duties of a watchkeeping officer.

Year three

Level 4

942.428 GRTOC (2 credits)

Conduct external communications using general radiotelephone subsystems.

Level 5

942.511 Officer's Maritime Medic (5 credits)

To enable the appropriate medical response to be offered where professional care may be at least a week away.

942.525 GMDSS (6 credits)

Conduct external communications using GMDSS subsystems.

946.503 MSA Safety Oral (17 credits)

This course is to prepare students to take the MNZ oral examination for Watchkeeper or Second Mate of a Foreign-Going Ship.

Level 6

942.614 Advanced Fire Fighting (6 credits)

Take charge of fire-fighting and damage control activity.

Career opportunities

Navigation officer positions on seagoing ships. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Further training or study

Diploma in Foreign-going Masters and Chief (Level 7) - this programme with sea time leads to the certificate of competency as Chief Mate, and Master.

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Key information for students

New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6)

Entry requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. 9.1.1. General * Students intending to pursue a seagoing career must produce evidence of having met the medical and eyesight standards currently in force by Maritime New Zealand. These are statutory requirements for working on ships. AND * Completed the academic component of the New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing - Able Seafarer Deck strand (L4) (NZ2511-01) OR * Provide evidence of sea service required for the Watchkeeper certificate of competency as per STCW code 9.1.2. Academic Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme Applicants with no seagoing experience: 14 credits in either Mathematics (calculus, algebra or equivalent) and/or Physics 9.1.3. English Language entry requirements Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. 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-internationalstudents
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 3 Years
Tuition fees Annual Total qualification
Student fees [?] Annual:
The annual tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Total qualification:
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
$3,906 $11,718
Government tuition subsidy [?] Annual:
The average annual amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total qualification:
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$16,511 $49,533
Total [?] Annual:
The combined total of the annual amount paid by both the student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total qualification:
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$20,417 $61,250
Compulsory student services fee
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Student success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. 85%
National graduate outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. N/A
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. N/A - N/A
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. N/A
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. N/A
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. N/A
Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.
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