Comparing New Zealand and Australian certificates
There are no direct equivalent Australian domestic near coastal certificates for any of the New Zealand national certificates. Instead, you will be issued a letter of recognition which recognises your capacities, endorsements and limitations.
You can be issued a letter of recognition in Australia for the following New Zealand national certificates:
- Master yacht less than 24 metres
- Marine engineer class 4
- Marine engineer class 5
- Marine engineer class 5—steam
- Marine engineer class 5—steam and motor
- Marine engineer class 6
- Qualified deck crew
- Skipper coastal/offshore
- Skipper restricted limits
- Watchkeeper deck on ships less than 500 gross tonnage in the near coastal area
Refrigerant handling license
The holder of a New Zealand national certificate of competency as marine engineer or an Australian domestic certificate of competency as marine engineer is not deemed to hold a Refrigerant handling license (RHL). It is the responsibility of the holders of these certificates to determine if a RHL is required. The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 require that a person must not handle refrigerant unless he or she holds a RHL. Various types of RHL are available and administered by the Australian Refrigerant Council.