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Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Restricted Limits) (Level 4)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 4
Credits 85
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Maritime Engineering and Technology » Marine Craft Operation
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the maritime industry with people who have the skills necessary to take charge of, and maintain, the safety of vessels of less than 24 metres in length operating within restricted limits under the Maritime NZ Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.
The qualification is for people working as deck crew or people with suitable experience as a skipper on a recreational vessel intending to progress to the role of skipper on a restricted limits vessel.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Plan a passage and navigate using electronic and non-electronic navigational systems.
- Operate a restricted limits vessel at sea.
- Maintain legal compliance on a restricted limits vessel.
- Maintain safety and respond to emergencies on a restricted limits vessel.
- Operate vessel propulsion, auxiliary machinery and systems.
- Maintain vessel propulsion, auxiliary machinery and systems.
Education pathways
This qualification builds on the:
- New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Crewing (Level 3) [Ref: 2895].

This qualification leads to the:
- New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Coastal and Offshore) (Level 4) [Ref: 2892].

This qualification also leads to qualifications recognised internationally under the Standards for Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW):
- New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations (Level 4) with strands in Fishing and Watchkeeping [Ref: 2513]
- New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Operations (Level 5) [Ref: 2512]
Employment pathways
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge required to work as a skipper on vessels operating within the restricted limits as defined in the New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework. Typical roles may be as skipper on work boats, water taxis or small ferries under 24 metres in length and carrying fewer than 19 passengers.
With additional qualifications, training and experience, graduates may progress to employment as:
- Skipper Coastal/Offshore
- Mate or master fishing vessel
- Watchkeeper Deck < 500GT
- Master < 500GTTo find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
N/A
Education Organisation 7 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2505
Status Current
Created June 2015
Next Review June 2025
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