Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC) and Pilot Licences

Information for Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC) and Pilot Licences.

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Pilotage Exemption Certificates (PEC)

Changes to Maritime Rules Part 90: Pilotage

On 1 April 2011 changes to pilotage requirements for Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC) holders were introduced by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) following widespread consultation with industry.

Changes to requirements for PEC and FAQs

Applying for a Pilotage Exemption Certificate (PEC)

As part of the PEC application, you will be required to undertake training in accordance with an Approved PEC Training Programme and pass a practical, written and oral PEC examination. You will need to contact the local Harbourmaster for details. Once you have successfully completed the examination, the Harbourmaster will send a letter confirming this to MNZ. You should then apply to MNZ for a PEC.

Read these guidelines below for all the requirements when applying for a PEC.

Guidelines for applying for a PEC

Pilotage Exemption Certificate application form[PDF: 182Kb, 4 pages]

Pilot Licences

When applying for a Pilot Licence you must complete an application and send it to MNZ with all required documentation.

Pilotage license application form[PDF: 176Kb, 4 pages]


Proficiency plans, annual assessments, peer reviews and pilot CPE: pilotage relevant guidance.

Proficiency plans, annual assessments,
peer reviews and
pilot CPE: pilotage relevant guidance[PDF: 381kB, 22 pages]

SeaCert background

Read about the background of SeaCert and its aims to provide competency-based systems that better suit seafarers in NZ.

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