Take your maritime career to the next level...
with practical training towards your skipper’s ticket
If you’re passionate about the sea and want to advance in your career, you have come to the right place for domestic skipper training.
Depending on your goals, you can choose from various commercial maritime courses, and gain the qualifications to skipper inshore, coastal, and offshore vessels, including…
At Skipper Training, we currently offer the Skippers Restricted Limits course, which allows you to operate commercial vessels up to 12 metres, or up to 24 metres with endorsement in restricted limits.
If the SRL sounds like a good fit for you, click here to find out more.
Otherwise – if you’re not sure which course is right for you – simply use our assessment tool and see where it takes you.
We’ve designed this tool to help you find a suitable course option based on your goals. Even if that means pointing you to a different provider.
Because, for us, skipper training is not about enrolling as many students in our SRL course as possible. It’s about sharing our passion for the industry by helping you find the best course for you.
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At Skipper Training, we currently only offer the SRL course.
But we also want to give you all the relevant information to choose the course that’s best for you.
If that happens to be one of the Australian courses, simply search for a provider offering that course or check back here in future.
Why Choose Us?
Our mission is to provide practical skipper training courses to help you take your maritime career to the next level.
Longer courses are generally more successful in attracting government funding, which is why many NZ courses appear to have extended in length (e.g. ILM/SRL was extended from 5 weeks to 24 weeks). The Australian courses are approximately in line with the original length of NZ courses.
NZ companies and individuals have been travelling to Australia for training for the last 4-5 years – about the same time the NZ courses suddenly got longer.
If you are constrained by time and need a shorter course, choose an Australian course delivered and tutored here in New Zealand.
You’re going to hear some lively debate about this from some providers, but Maritime NZ determines what is safe in regards to our waters. They review, compare and publish a list of equivalent certificates, which aligns the NZ and Australian qualifications.
You can operate a vessel under NZ Martime rules as soon as you have submitted an application to MNZ for recognition of your Australian certificate, as long as the vessel and areas fall within the NZ equivalency and you meet the NZ requirements.
Yes, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recognises New Zealand seafarer qualifications, so you can work there if the vessel and areas fall within the Australian equivalency. You’ll need to apply for a certificate of recognition, and must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
We work with a few different schools to make sure you get the best options. The Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (SRL) is delivered through SiS Training and Consulting, an NZQA Category 1 provider (that’s the highest possible level).
Australian courses are delivered through Merlin Maritime Intl. who will also conduct your AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA)