Becoming a recognised surveyor

Read about surveyor recognition and how to apply to become a recognised surveyor.

The recognition framework

To survey ships under the Maritime Operators Safety System (MOSS), a surveyor must hold a Certificate of Surveyor Recognition.

The recognition framework outlines:

  1. the surveyor recognition categories defined by Maritime New Zealand
  2. the qualifications and experience required for surveyors seeking recognition to perform surveys of a particular category.

Before you apply for recognition, we recommend that you gain an understanding of the recognition framework and MOSS survey requirements first (see Before applying below).


Apply to become a surveyor

Apply for recognition by using this step by step application process.

1. Before applying

Read the relevant guidelines about MOSS surveyor categories and how competency will be assessed.

Surveyor recognition framework [PDF: 323kB, 20 pages] Surveying under MOSS guideline [PDF: 201kB, 11 pages] Applying for recognition as a surveyor [PDF: 193kB, 9 pages]

2. Application forms and documentation

Complete the three forms, gather your supporting documents and identification photographs and send them to MNZ.

Apply for recognition as a surveyor form [PDF: 282kB, 10 pages] Fit and proper person form [PDF: 50kB, 6 pages] NZ Police vetting service request and consent form []

3. Pay the application fee

Indicate your preferred payment method on the Application for recognition as a surveyor form. See Recognition fees below.

4. Confirmation your application is received

MNZ will send you an email or letter to confirm that we have received your application.

5. Application assessment

MNZ will assess your application.

You may be asked to provide further information, or to participate in an exam or practical assessment.

6. Issue of certificate

If you are successful, MNZ will issue the applicable certificate of recognition.


Recognition fees

  • These rates are effective from 1 July 2019.
  • All charges are in New Zealand currency and include goods and services tax (GST).

Surveyor recognition (under MOSS)

Service provided Fixed fee Hourly rate $245
Applying for recognition    
Certificate of surveyor recognition all DA, IC & P categories $968  
Other recognition services    
Extension of scope of surveyor recognition    
Renewal of certificate of surveyor recognition $710  
Replacement certificates and licences $368  

Surveyor recognition (other specialist roles)

Service provided Hourly rate $245
Applying for recognition  
Compass adjuster  
Authorised person certificate  
Appointment of overseas surveyor  


Contact us for more help

If you have any questions about surveyor recognition or applying to be a MOSS surveyor, please phone our Domestic Operations team or email

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