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Compare New Zealand and Australian STCW certificates

Find out how New Zealand STCW seafarer certificates compare to Australian STCW seafarer certificates.

We will issue a Certificate of recognition to holders of a New Zealand STCW seafarer certificate if there is an equivalent Australian STCW certificate.

If we consider that there is no equivalent Australian STCW certificate then you will be issued with a letter of registration. This letter will state the capacities and limitations that are on your primary certificate of competency. An Australian STCW certificate of recognition is valid for service on Australian registered vessels engaged on international voyages.

These New Zealand certificates are equivalent to the same certificates in Australia. We you apply, we will issue you with the equivalent Australian STCW certificate:

  • Able seafarer—deck (STCW II/5)
  • Able seafarer—engine (STCW III/5)
  • Chief mate less than 3000 gross tonnage (STCW II/1 and II/2)
  • Electro-technical officer (STCW III/6)
  • Integrated rating (STCW II/5 and III/5)
  • Master (STCW II/2)
  • Master less than 3000 gross tonnage (STCW II/1 and II/2)
  • Master yacht less than 500 gross tonnage (STCW II/1 and II/2)
  • Engineer class 1 (STCW III/2)
  • Engineer class 2 (STCW III/2)
  • Engineer class 2 endorsed chief engineer (STCW III/2)
  • Watchkeeper deck (STCW II/1)

These New Zealand certificates have no equivalent Australian seafarer certificate. Instead, you will be issued with a letter of registration that will state the capacities and limitations that are on your primary certificate of competency.

  • Electro-technical rating (STCW III/7)
  • Master less than 500 gross tonnage near coastal (STCW II/3)

Certificates with special circumstances

There are some certificates which are not directly equivalent to an Australian qualification, nor do they qualify for a letter of registration. If you have one of these certificates, find out how it compares to Australian STCW seafarer certificates.

Last updated: 19 December 2017
Last reviewed: 19 December 2017