Background to SeaCert

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

SeaCert is the seafarer certification framework for Maritime New Zealand’s national and international certificates of competency and proficiency and endorsements.

For basic information about SeaCert, read the brochure below:

SeaCert - Your Guide [PDF: 690kB, 2 pages]

Guidelines are also available with information about:

  • seafarer certificates and endorsements
  • transition from old certificates to new
  • renewal of seafarer certificates
  • training and prior learning
  • recognition of foreign certificates.

Other guidelines cover the requirements for ancillary certificates, sea service, medical and eyesight tests, watchkeeping, minimum safe crewing, fees and progression to higher-level certificates.


The SeaCert framework

You can refer to the framework document for a condensed guide to SeaCert, including details of where seafarers can operate in local and international waters:

Seafarer Certification and Operational Limits Framework – July 2021 [PDF: 1.32Mb, 104 pages]


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

Calling from outside New Zealand:
+64 4 473 0111

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