IGF Ship Endorsements/Certificate of Proficiency

Find information on training, sea service and other requirements for the IGF ship endorsements, including how to apply and pay for your certificate, and where to find help.

Your endorsement is valid for five years and can be renewed.

With this endorsement, you can have responsibility for designated safety duties associated with the care or use of fuels on ships using low-flashpoint fuels.

Basic IGF ship endorsement

With a basic IGF ship endorsement you can have responsibility for designated safety duties associated with the care or use of fuels on ships using low-flashpoint fuels.

Advanced IGF ship endorsement

With an advanced IGF ship endorsement you can perform your privileges as a master, engineer officer or seafarer with immediate responsibility for the care and use of fuels and fuel systems on the ship. To qualify for an advanced endorsement, you must first have gained a basic IGF ship endorsement.

Certificate of proficiency for IGF Ships

This qualification is provided as an endorsement on a seafarer’s maritime certificate. However, if you do not have an appropriate certificate, the Director may issue you with a basic or advanced certificate of proficiency.



To get the basic or advanced IGF ship endorsement, you need to prove that you meet all of the requirements.

Each of these requirements and how to prove that you meet them is explained in the full guideline below.

IGF ship endorsement or certificate of proficiency [PDF: 272kB, 13 pages]



The application fee for this certificate is $368, which includes goods and services tax (GST).


Application process

This is the application process for this certificate of competency.

1. Do you meet all the requirements?

  • You need to check that you meet all of the requirements for this certificate.
  • Apply for pre-assessment of your sea service time if you are unsure about meeting the sea service requirements.

2. Do you have the documents we need?

You need to prove that you meet the requirements. Include all of the documents we have asked for with your application form. Use the checklist in the guideline to help you.

Remember we need copies, not the originals.

3. Send us your application by courier or email

There are two options for you to send your application:

  1. Send your application by email, attaching the scanned documents. The application form has information about the requirements for electronic copies.
  2. Use a courier to send us your completed application forms, supporting documents.

The addresses are on the application form.

4. Confirmation and/or request sent

We will send you an email or letter to confirm that we have received your application and advise you of any documents we need from you before we can assess your application.

We must receive your payment before we can finalise your application.

5. Assessment and payment of application fee

Once you have sent us all the documents we need, we will assess your application and make a decision. This will usually take 20 working days (about a month) from the time we let you know that we have received your application.

We will send you an invoice with your reference number and information on how to pay the application fee once we begin the assessment. Please note we cannot release your certificate unless payment has been received.

6. Issue certificate

We will send you:

  • your certificate, if your application has been successful, or
  • a letter or email explaining why your application was unsuccessful.


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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