Course Overview

This course combines theory with strong practical skills to give you with the practice and knowledge you need for employment on vessels of up to 24 metres in the maritime transport/tourism/fishing industry. It replaces the courses previously offered, Inshore Launchmaster (ILM) and Local Launch Operator (LLO).

This training is best suited to those already employed in these industries, or about to enter a role in the the maritime transport, tourism or fishing industry that require a formal qualification. It is the approved Maritime New Zealand training programme for the licence Skipper Restricted Limits, which is essential for skippers of vessels up to 12 metres (or 24 metres with further endorsement), who navigate to a distance of up to 12 nautical miles off the New Zealand coast.  

The topics covered increase your general employability by enhancing your core transferable skills particularly digital literacy, problem solving, communication skills and team work.

A flexible learning approach enables you to start to complete some course components online, meaning less time away from your job, and a focus on completing a Seafarer Training Record Book based on sea time means that all of your learning is put into a relevant workplace context.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Restricted Limits) (Level 4)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

28 weeks part-time

Start the course with 17 weeks of online learning, while beginning to complete the Maritime New Zealand Skipper Restricted Limits Training Record Book. You'll then be on campus for a 5 week block course, during which you'll also sit your Maritime New Zealand oral examinations for Nautical and Engineering.
Total credits 85
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Indicative Fees $2,001 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to work as a skipper on vessels operating within the restricted limits as defined in the New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework, and will have the competencies required to enter command positions within the maritime sector both on board vessels and in land based positions.

Typical roles may be as skipper on work boats, water taxis or small ferries under 12 metres in length and carrying up to 19 passengers.

With additional training and sea time, graduates may progress to roles including:

  • Skipper Coastal/Offshore
  • Mate or master fishing vessel
  • Watchkeeper Deck < 500GT

Topics you'll cover

This course contributes towards graduates being able to obtain the Maritime New Zealand licence, Skipper Restricted Limits, which is essential for skippers of vessels up to 12 metres (or 24 metres with further endorsement), who navigate to a distance of up to 12 nautical miles off the New Zealand coast, and carry up to 19 passengers.

As part of your learning you must independently gain sea-time and complete a Seafarer Training Record Book. Sea-time can be gained on either a commercial or recreational vessel. If done on a recreational vessel you must be acting as Skipper.

This course is designed for learners already employed in, or about to enter a role in the maritime transport/tourism/fishing industry.

Topics covered during your study:

  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • Sea Survival for Inshore Vessels
  • Fire Extinguisher Training and Fire Prevention
  • Engines, Equipment and Systems On Board Vessels
  • Electronic Aids and Navigation Systems
  • Maritime Restricted Operators Certificate (MROC)
  • Navigation - Inshore
  • Restricted Vessel Operations

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $2,001 for domestic students
Course related costs

Equipment Recommendation:

A number of the topics and assessments in this course use the Navionics navigation application. To access and use this application you may need:

  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, or higher specification (see specifications attached (pdf, 580kb), with iOS 8.4 or higher
  • Navionics application - available through the App Store
  • NZ Charts - available from Navionics as part of license purchase.

It is recommended that you purchase a suitable waterproof iPad case to protect your equipment from the elements.

Note: The student levy is included within the total fee amount for this course.

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Scholarships

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

There are no minimum academic requirements (open entry). However, students must have access to a marine vessel (through employment, work experience or a recreational vessel).

All applicants must have a sufficient level of English to undertake this course.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

Other Considerations

You will need to meet the full Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) seatime, medical and eyesight requirements prior to commencing this course if you wish to be eligible for the MNZ licence this course contributes towards.

Refer to the MNZ guidelines for Skipper Restricted Limits on the Maritime New Zealand website.

English language requirements

Level 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.


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Course Locations and Intake Information

2024 block course dates

Online start date: 22 January 2024, Block course attendance dates: 29 April – 2 June 2024

Online start date: 18 March 2024, Block course attendance dates: 1 July 2024 – 4 August 2024

Online start date: 13 May 2024, Block course attendance dates: 2 September 2024 – 6 October 2024

Online start date: 1 July 2024, Block course attendance dates: 4 November 2024 – 8 December 2024

Online start date: 21 October 2024, Block course attendance dates: TBA (February 2025)

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 1 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 21 Oct 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 28 weeks part-time
  • Start the course with 17 weeks of online learning, while beginning to complete the Maritime New Zealand Skipper Restricted Limits Training Record Book. You'll then be on campus for a 5 week block course, during which you'll also sit your Maritime New Zealand oral examinations for Nautical and Engineering.

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Further Study Options

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

Graduates wishing to continue with domestic maritime operations can progress to New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Coastal and Offshore).