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Become a Qualified Deck Crew

Begin your Maritime Career as a Qualified Deck Crew and start Working on the Water by Next Summer

Keen to start working on the water as soon as possible?

Qualified Deck Crew training is a great way to kickstart your maritime career.

We offer you 2 options to get on the maritime employment pathway as a deckhand

We’ve partnered with QRC Tai Tokerau and R. Tucker Thompson to deliver the practical training programme aimed at helping aspiring young mariners get their Qualified Deck Crew Certificate and start working on commercial vessels in the Bay of Islands by the summer season. It’s open to anyone aged 16-25.

The June 2024 course is full. More dates will be offered in future.
Due to high demand, we’re also offering standalone QDC training*. You can start any time if you’re working on a boat already, or complete a block course on our training vessel. We will help you complete your training record book and prepare for your final oral exam with Maritime NZ.

*This is not an NZQA-registered course

More about this course

Please Contact us if you would like to explore this option.

  • 2 weeks training in Nelson or complete any time in your own workplace
  • Learn on our training vessels, or with your employer
  • We can come to you (if you cover the costs)
  • Includes MRROC (radio)
  • Complete the QDC training in preparation for the final exam
  • QDC is recognised by AMSA as equivalent to General Purpose Hand (GPH) in Australia

Note: First Aid training is an extra cost. You must be at least 16 years old, pass a medical and eyesight test and be a “fit and proper person”. Call us, or check out the Maritime NZ website for details. This training will help you complete your MNZ Training and Record Book and prepare you for the QDC Oral Exam. It is not an NZQA course, so while it’s a bit more expensive than others, we can be a lot more flexible in the delivery to make sure it’s engaging and the most efficient use of your time.

Qualified Deck Crew Course Requirements

To be awarded the QDC Certificate you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the QDC training record book
  • Have the required ancillary certificates
  • Pass Maritime NZ’s final exam
  • Prove that you are a fit and proper person
  • Be medically fit and have good eyesight (visual acuity and colour vision)

If you would like to learn more, or think you’re ready to enrol, please call us on 0800 546 9700 or email [email protected]

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