Seafarer certification (SeaCert)

Information for seafarers about certification, moving into SeaCert, recognition of foreign certificates, training and career progression.

Christmas processing times

Office hours

Maritime NZ’s offices will be closed from midday Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen on Friday 3 January 2020. During this period, seafarer certification services will not be available.

During the lead up to this holiday period, we will be prioritising applications for people who have provided all of the required documents before Friday 22 November. If we receive your application after this date or your application is incomplete, we will make every effort to issue your certificate prior to Christmas. However, we cannot guarantee that all certificates will be issued before Maritime NZ closes for the Christmas and New Year break.

To ensure documents do not go astray over the Christmas break, certificates will not be couriered after Wednesday 18 December.

Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about seafarer certification, please contact our Personnel Certification team.


New Zealand (toll free):
0508 SEACERT or 0508 732 237

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Tell us what you need help with and remember to include your contact details (email address and phone numbers).

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