Recognition of foreign certificates
How to apply for recognition
Recognition depends on the certificate or endorsement type and where it was issued. If you hold:
Australian certificates or endorsements
We have information and guidelines for Australian seafarers wishing to work on a New Zealand-flagged ship.
Other non-New Zealand certificates or endorsements
We have information and guidelines for all other seafarers wishing to work on a New Zealand-flagged ship.
Due to differences between certification frameworks:
- it may not be possible to match the exact privileges of your certificate or endorsement
- a New Zealand recognition cannot grant privileges that are greater than those of your original certificate
If your certificate has no clear New Zealand equivalent, then you will need to contact MNZ to determine whether any of your prior learning can be recognised towards the training programme for the New Zealand certificate.
Recognising prior learning
Read about the background of SeaCert and its aims to provide competency-based systems that better suit seafarers in NZ.