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.

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

Maritime Rules

Part 44

Surveyor responsibilities and survey, certification, and maintenance for ships in maritime transport operations

View Part 44

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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