Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 300
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 and knowledge required by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) to work as Officer of the Watch (Deck) on foreign-going ships. Graduates will be able to work directly under the Chief Mate or Master and have a very high level of responsibility for the safety of the vessel. The Officer of the Watch will be expected to operate unsupervised for extended periods in sole charge of complex and unpredictable vessel operations.
This qualification is for seafarers training to become officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 GT or more operating in unlimited waters but is also open to suitably qualified new entrants to the maritime industry.

The qualification covers the requirements for Watchkeeper Deck under the Maritime NZ Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply advanced leadership and team work skills to manage shipboard resources and personnel.
- Manage the planning and conduct of a passage and determine position on a foreign-going ship in any operating area.
- Manage the maintenance of a safe navigational watch using electronic navigation aids on a foreign-going ship and manage maintenance of electronic navigation systems.
- Lead the response to emergencies and distress at sea.
- Communicate using IMO standard marine communication phrases and visual signalling.
- Direct the manoeuvring and handling of the vessel in all conditions.
- Proactively ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements.
- Manage the loading, stowage, unloading and care of cargoes during voyages.
- Manage vessel stability, trim and stress to maintain seaworthiness of the ship.
- Manage compliance with legislative requirements.
- Lead safe and sustainable working practices, effective communication and emergency response on board a vessel.
- Direct firefighting operations on board a vessel.
- Operate survival craft and rescue boats.
- Maintain vessel security and provide on-board medical first aid.
Education pathways
This qualification builds on the:
- New Zealand Certificate in Maritime Crewing (Level 4) [Ref: 2511].

Graduates of this qualification can progress to higher level qualifications to become Chief Mate or Master under the Maritime NZ SeaCert licensing system.
Employment pathways
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge required to work as Officer in Charge of a navigational watch on ships of any gross tonnage (Watchkeeper Deck) under the Maritime NZ SeaCert licensing system.

With relevant additional training and experience, graduates may progress to:
- Chief Mate
- MasterTo find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
N/A
Education Organisation 3 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2515
Status Current
Created June 2015
Next Review December 2025
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