What will I learn?

Nelson, with its busy port and thriving boat culture, is a great place to gain the skills in seamanship and hospitality you need to work in the global superyacht industry.

Delivering maritime training since 1976 NMIT offers expert tutors who are experienced Superyacht Captains, Engineers, Chief Stewardess’ and Chefs who can connect you with their extensive network of contacts within the superyacht industry.

During this twelve-week programme you will gain not only an introduction to all aspects of on-board life but also a wide range of skills, these will prepare you for anything that life as a superyacht crew member can throw at you.

Awesome facilities

As part of this programme you will have the use of world class learning facilities including local charter yachts, powerboats, simulators, luxury accommodation and an on-campus restaurant and bar, the Rata Room to gain professional training.

Internationally recognised qualifications

Incorporated into this certificate are the following internationally recognised qualifications.

NMIT - Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Superyacht Crewing) Level 3

IMINZ - International Maritime Institute of New Zealand

Basic Radar
Tender Operators
Seamanship and Maintenance
Maritime Engineering
Food Safety Certificate
Professional Interior Training
CV Clinic and Interview Prep

STCW – Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping

STCW Basic Sea Survival
STCW Basic Fire Fighting
STCW Basic First Aid
STCW Basic Personal Safety & Social Responsibility
STCW Security Awareness Training

RYA – Royal Yachting Association

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Certificate
Competent Crew Certificate

CBES – Coastguard Boating Education NZ

Outboard Engine Maintenance

Radio Spectrum NZ

Maritime Restricted Operators Certificate


Food Hygiene Level 2
Licenced Liquor Controller Qualification – Bar Managers

Study options

Full Time (12 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $10,563 for the entire course plus NZ $150 Student Services Levy

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

7 February 2022, 16 May 2022


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson campus,

322 Hardy Street,


Nelson Central,

7010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 1.

English language requirements

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level.

Those students, whose first language is not English, are required to demonstrate:

  • General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36

Other requirements

Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of attending the PSI311 Professional Superyacht Interior Training course.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

NMIT’s internationally recognised qualifications are developed in partnership with industry to reflect current and future workforce trends.

  • A New Zealand Qualifications Authority Category 1 Institute
  • Over 100 qualifications on offer
  • Home to experienced, industry-savvy teaching staff
  • Award-winning facilities & modern learning environments

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