Course Overview

This qualification is an approved training course leading to internationally recognised advanced deckhand fishing certificate, which opens the door to enhanced employment opportunities in New Zealand and offshore.

Graduates of this course will be able to work under supervision in the coastal, offshore and unlimited operational limits as specified in the Maritime New Zealand Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework.

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Fishing Vessel Crewing (Level 3)

This qualification is an approved training course leading to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) for the Advanced Deckhand - Fishing endorsement (ADH-F) Certificate of Competency.

You may also be eligible to be awarded:

  1. STCW Personal Survival (Level 3)
  2. STCW Basic Firefighting (Level 3)
  3. STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (Level 3)
  4. STCW Elementary First Aid (Level 3)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Jun 2024 View more details
Study options

50 weeks part-time

Total credits 75
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $1,133 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Work as a fishing deckhand.

Potential employers include general commercial fishing or passenger vessels operating in restricted or near coastal waters.

Topics you'll cover

  • Demonstrate safe and sustainable working practices and contribute to effective communications and relationships on board a vessel. Basic safety training:
    • Personal survival techniques
    • Fire prevention and firefighting
    • Emergency procedures
    • Elementary first aid
    • Prevention of marine pollution
    • Prevention of shipboard accidents
  • Understand operational factors that affect the safety of the fishing vessel and crew, including nautical terminology and commands.
    • Marine (Nautical) terms
    • Orders commonly used in fishing operations
    • Dangers associated with fishing operations
    • Handling and maintenance of deck appliances
    • Good personal conduct and use of personal protection equipment to minimise hazards
  • Assist with vessel navigation at the support level.
    • Navigation aids
    • Watchkeeping duties
  • Understand fishing vessel construction and factors affecting stability and seaworthiness.
    • Construction, application, purpose and handling of equipment
    • Vessel stability and seaworthiness
  • Apply seamanship knowledge and skills to the safe operation of the vessel at the support level.
    • Knowledge of splicing ropes
    • Mooring operations and the handling of mooring ropes
    • Commands for mooring, anchoring and towing

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $1,133 for domestic students

*Please note, fees for our 2024 intakes are yet to be confirmed. Once they are, we will update our website to reflect the new 2024 fee amount.

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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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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

You must:

  • be at least 16 years old

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

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.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

Other Considerations

Preference will be given to applicants who:

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 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

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 17 Jun 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 50 weeks part-time

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Further Study Options

Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (Coastal and Offshore) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Maritime in Marine Engineering Class 6 (Level 4)