Master Yacht less than 24 metres
Your Master Yacht <24m certificate is valid for five years.
With this certificate, you can perform a master’s functions and duties within restricted, coastal and offshore limits on sailing ships of less than 24m carrying 12 or fewer passengers. You must have a passenger endorsement if the ship is carrying more than 12 passengers, and a square-rigged endorsement if operating a square-rigged ship.
From Master Yacht <24m, you can progress to the STCW (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) certificates for Chief Mate and Master on yachts over 24m operating in any area.
Before you spend time doing sea service and training, we recommend you check that you can meet the medical fitness and eyesight standards (including for colour vision), and that you understand the fit and proper person requirements.
A summary of the requirements for this certificate is provided below. You need to meet all of these requirements to get your Master Yacht <24m certificate.
- prove that you meet the minimum sea service requirements
- complete and pass the Royal Yacht Association (RYA) yachtmaster offshore or an equivalent course
- pass approved training in commercial competencies by completing the required sections of a training record book
- have current certificates for the required ancillary proficiencies
- pass Maritime NZ’s final exam
- prove that you are a fit and proper person
- be medically fit and have good eyesight
- be at least 18 years old.
You must also have English conversation, reading and writing skills appropriate to the responsibilities and functions for the level of your certificate, so that you can satisfactorily complete training, pass examinations and discharge your duties.
Each of these requirements and how to prove that you meet them is explained in the full guideline below.
The application fee for this certificate is $368, which includes goods and services tax (GST).
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:
- Send your application by email, attaching the scanned documents. The application form has information about the requirements for electronic copies.
- 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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