New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 2)

This 12 week maritime course teaches you to carry out deck crew duties under supervision, and gives you the training and qualifications you need to apply for entry-level positions on fishing boats and other vessels within the maritime industry.

You'll board our Toi Ohomai vessels "Okiwa" and "Weka" and learn the skills you need to be an effective crew member and perform basic operational tasks.

As a graduate of this qualification you'll be able to:

  • Comply with workplace health and safety requirements on board a vessel
  • Demonstrate basic skills with sea safety and survival equipment and with maritime emergency procedures
  • Work as an effective crew member to perform basic operational tasks and provide first aid on board a vessel

Content Details

During the programme you'll cover the following:

  • Workplace health and safety requirements on board a vessel 

  • Basic skills with sea safety and survival equipment and with maritime emergency procedures: fire prevention and firefighting methods.

  • Work as an effective crew member to perform basic operational tasks and provide first aid on board a vessel

  • Maritime terminology: Common parts, operational areas, fittings and equipment

  • Basic operational tasks:
    • Chain of command
    • Nautical terms and hand signals for berthing and letting go
    • Safe handling of lines
    • Personal protective equipment for mooring
    • Dropping setting and weighing anchors
    • Safe usage of equipment and machinery
    • Mooring
    • Berthing and Letting go
    • Collision Regulations
    • Watch keeping and lookout duties
    • Steering a vessel

  • Basic seamanship skills:
    • Fibers and manufacture of ropes
    • Care and storage of ropes
    • Splice and stoppers with fibre ropes
    • Use of knots, bends and hitches
    • Tackles

Dates/Times/Locations

StartEndModeLocationDuration
10 Apr 201730 Jun 2017Full-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks
7 Aug 201727 Oct 2017Full-timeOpotiki12 weeks
18 Sep 20178 Dec 2017Full-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students fees-free

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 2)
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Fighting
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

Career Opportunities

Holders of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work safely as deck crew on vessels operating in restricted or near coastal waters. With additional training and sea time, graduates may progress to roles such as:

  • Qualified deck crew
  • Deck watch rating or able seafarer
  • Skipper Coastal /Offshore
  • Mate or master fishing vessel
  • Watchkeeper Deck < 500GT
  • Master < 500GT
  • Watchkeeper Deck – Unlimited, which is the mandatory prerequisite to Master of a Foreign Going Ship (Master Mariner) qualifications

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Fishing Vessel Crewing (Level 3)

Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits (Level 4)

Entry Criteria

Entry to the New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 2) programme will be in accordance the criteria specified in the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology policies and processes specified in the QMS of the Administrative Hub where the student is enrolled.

  • You must be fit and capable of undertaking training for sea survival and fire fighting. You will be required to swim in a pool with and without a lifejacket and stay afloat (tread water) while wearing clothing
  • You will be required to provide, on your first day, a current medical certificate signed by a general practitioner stating you are fit to undertake these physical activities. Download the STCW-Basic Medical Form (pdf, 355kb)