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New Zealand Diploma in Nautical Science (Level 6)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Program description

This qualification is an approved training programme for MNZ Watchkeeper Deck (or IMO STCW II/1 Officer of the Watch).

Located in Nelson, the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand (IMINZ) is part of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). Since 1976 when we opened as the New Zealand School of Fisheries, we have been training outstanding seafarers. At IMINZ we offer a range of qualifications for both entry level and experienced seafarers.

This programme is for mariners who meet the requirements of Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) to apply for their Watchkeeper Deck Certificate of Competency. MNZ will require evidence of sea-time, medical check and training record book in addition to your IMINZ Qualification.

This qualification is also a recognised programme for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) certificate STCW II/1 Officer of the Watch (OOW).

Training record book

There is no arranged work-based training within this programme.

However students must have completed their Watchkeeper Deck Training Record Book (TAR book) prior to attend the block course. This TAR book is presented to the Maritime New Zealand Examiner prior to the final Oral Examination.

These are all the different TAR books that MNZ accept.

  • International Shipping Federation On Board Training Record Book for Deck Cadets
  • Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Deck Training Record Book (UK)
  • Global Met Training Book (used for the Diploma of Nautical Sciences)

Length: Duration will vary depending on your sea-time and any prior qualifications you may have. The programme includes a 36-43 weeks full time block course here in Nelson.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

There are no minimum academic requirements for entry.

English language requirements:

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Those students whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with no band lower than 5.5), issued within the last two years, or equivalent.

TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)

University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 50

City & Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Other requirements:

Applicants must provide a Seafarers Medical Certificate or equivalent not more than two years old to the Programme Administrator prior to commencing any one of the following courses:

FAC511 STCW Medical First Aid
FFT511 STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
SCC511 STCW Proficiency In Survival Craft And Rescue Boats

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Tuition fees

NZ$16,900 - $23,399 per year.
*Fees are valid for study in 2020

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), established in 1905, is today the northern South Island’s premier education provider of post-secondary school education through to postgraduate level. NMIT is a Category 1 ranked institution by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and...

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

322 Hardy Street
7042 Nelson
New Zealand

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