What will I learn?

Programme highlights

Develop the skills to start your career in this vital global industry.

Get basic maritime knowledge and skills and become familiar with shipping operations, shipboard practice and survival at sea.

You will be prepared for a rewarding career in a global industry which has continuous demand for well-trained and motivated people.

You may find yourself working on a wide range of foreign going ships from cruise liners, ferries and container vessels through to support vessels in the oil and gas industry.

This programme, combined with sea time and Maritime New Zealand requirements, entitles you to apply for the Engine Watch Rating (EWR).

You will gain the required knowledge, skills and experience for eventual seagoing employment as a EWR on board commercial ships.

Career opportunities

Combined with sea-time, this certificate lead to careers as Deck Watch Rating (DWR).

Completion of this certificate leads to entry into one of the three Level 6 Diploma programmes (Nautical Science, Marine Engineering and Marine Electro-Technology.

Programme structure

You will need to complete five compulsory courses as well as the courses from your chosen strand (60 credits):
Compulsory courses

Level 2

942.212 STCW Basic Safety training – Basic Sea Survival (Personal Survival Techniques) (5 credits)

942.213 STCW Basic Safety Training – Basic First Aid (Elementary First Aid) (5 credits)

942.214 STCW Basic Safety training – Personal safety and Social Responsibility (3 credits)

942.215 Proficiency in Security Awareness (2 credits)

Level 4

942.459 STCW Basic Safety Training – Basic Fire Fighting (Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention) (5 credits)

Courses related to your chosen strand


942.470 Introduction to Engineering Watchkeeping (10 credits)

942.471 Main & Auxiliary Machinery Systems (20 credits)

942.472 Electrical Equipment (10 credits)

Optional Course

942.477 Marine Dangerous Goods (5 credits)

Further training or study

  • New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Marine Engineering (Level 6)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Marine Electro technology (Level 6)

Graduates may also move to electro-technical jobs on-shore but may need to complete a New Zealand Certificate or Diploma in Electrical or Electronic Engineering to meet the registration requirements of the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

Which department am I in?

New Zealand Maritime School

Study options

Full Time (17 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $8,100 (approximate) for the entire course

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

Start date

Expected July 2021


New Zealand Maritime School - City Campus

The Rabobank Tower, Level 3,

2 Commerce Street (Corner of Commerce and Quay Streets),


Auckland CBD,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

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


Applicants are required to complete Year 12 or equivalent of secondary school.

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

IELTS test: Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET at Grade C in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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


About this uni

MIT received a Category One rating in their most recent evaluation by the NZQA in 2016, which is the highest possible rating.

  • Offers study options across campuses in Auckland
  • Small class sizes & excellent facilities
  • Delivers a personalised teaching experience
  • Helps students gain industry-specific skills