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New Zealand engineering certificates of competency

Find out if you can get an equivalent certificate for your New Zealand engineering certificate of competency.

These requirements comply with STCW Regulation I/2 paragraph 7 and have been in place since 1 January 2017.

A New Zealand certificate of competency as marine engineer may not be valid for service on ships fitted with high voltage—over 1000 volts—systems unless endorsed.

The holder of a New Zealand National certificate of competency as marine engineer is not considered 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 (the ozone regulations). The ozone regulations 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.

All AMSA International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978 (STCW) certificates of competency as marine engineer are valid for service on ships fitted with high voltage—over 1000 volts.

Some New Zealand engineer watchkeeper certificates of competency are endorsed with restrictions such as, 'not for service on vessels fitted with boilers'.

The holder of a New Zealand STCW certificate of competency or Rating may not have completed oil and chemical tanker familiarisation that meets the standard specified in section A-V/1-1, paragraph 1 of the STCW Code nor liquefied gas tanker familiarisation that meets the standard specified in section A-V/1-2, paragraph 1. It is the responsibility of the seafarer and the vessel operator to make sure that this training is completed if the seafarer wishes to work on an Australian registered tanker.

Endorsements

We will not place endorsements, such as ECDIS in a Certificate of recognition. These endorsements must be either:

  • in a New Zealand certificate that the AMSA Certificate of recognition will acknowledge
  • held as a separate endorsement.

When relevant and evidence that required training has been completed, we will issue the holder of a New Zealand STCW certificate of competency, who has been issued with an AMSA STCW certificate of recognition, a separate advanced oil, chemical or gas tanker endorsement. An Advanced tanker endorsement is required for Masters, Mates, Chief engineers and First engineers with immediate responsibility for loading, discharging and care in transit and other cargo related operations on tankers.

The holder of a New Zealand certificate as Able seaman or Able seaman (ILO) is not valid for service on a regulated Australian vessel (Navigation Act 2012) unless the certificate has been transitioned to a New Zealand Able seafarer—deck (STCW II/5) or Deck watch rating (STCW II/4).

To comply with STCW requirements, from 1 January 2017, the holder of a New Zealand certificate as Integrated rating that does not reference STCW-78 (as amended) must transition the certificate to either a New Zealand certificate as integrated rating (STCW II/5 & III/5) or a combination of Able seafarer – deck (STCW II/5), Able seafarer – engine (STCW III/5), Deck watch rating (STCW II/4) or Engine room watch rating (STCW III/4) to be able to work on a regulated Australian vessel.

The holder of a New Zealand integrated rating certificate that does not reference STCW may work on a domestic commercial vessel as a General purpose hand provided that they hold a Recognition of New Zealand near coastal qualifications.