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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have relevant prior learning, plenty of experience, or an overseas skipper’s ticket, you may be able to jump on the fast track to gaining your NZ skipper’s license.

We also have a 4 week Gap course that includes completion of the Maritime NZ Training and Record Book.

No additional charge for overseas students!

How does RPL work?

If you’re an experienced skipper with prior learning, experience, or qualifications, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Our team will evaluate your skills, experience and qualifications based on the Maritime NZ competency framework and be able to provide necessary training or guidance in areas you may be missing.

If you aren’t eligible for the Full RPL, we have a 4 week Gap block course where we cover all the theory and you complete your Training and Record book on our vessels.

If you need more help, we have the complete SRL course. It includes an easy to follow illustrated workbook and support from our tutors prior to the block course.

Once you’ve fulfilled the assessment of the competency framework and Training and Record Book, you’ll receive your NZQA Certificate in Domestic Maritime Operations (SRL) Level 4  you’ll be ready to sit the final exam with Maritime NZ. You’ll still need to meet all the other Maritime NZ application requirements, which you can see here.

Note: You must pass a medical and eyesight test and be a “fit and proper person”. Call us, or check out the Maritime NZ website for details. The Gap course will enable you to complete your MNZ Training and Record Book with our tutors on our vessels, and prepare you for the SRL Oral Exam. The Full RPL and the Gap course are not funded by TEC, so while it’s more expensive, we can be a lot more flexible in the delivery to make sure it’s engaging and the most efficient use of your time.

The RPL process explained

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Is RPL the right option for me?

If you’re relatively new to the maritime industry, RPL is not for you. It is not a shortcut to getting your skipper’s ticket.

Rather, it’s a way to recognise extensive prior skipper training or experience. Because there’s no point in repeating what you’ve already done or learning what you already know.

Please note, this is more expensive than the SRL as there is no funding available for this process.

RPL could be a good option for you if you…

Have a comparable overseas skipper’s ticket that’s not valid in NZ

Not all overseas tickets are directly recognised in New Zealand, but that doesn’t mean your qualifications don’t count.

If you have a higher or comparable overseas certificate, we can assess and may be able to recognise your skills based on the competency framework.

Have completed previous skipper training courses

If you have extensive maritime knowledge and a sharp skillset gained through previous formal learning, RPL may be a good option for you.

Talk to us to find out which related courses and skills can be counted towards your skipper’s ticket.

Have extensive practical experience working as a skipper

Practical experience is highly valued in the maritime industry, so even informal learning can be recognised.

If you have extensive experience working as a skipper or performing key skipper tasks, we can assess and recognise your relevant skills.

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