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Maritime careers are well-paid, domestic and international careers where you can work throughout New Zealand, around the globe, or close to home.
You could find yourself captaining a large foreign-going vessel, travelling the world on a superyacht, or repairing engines on cruise liners.

If you're new to the industry and you love the ocean
Choose a career you are passionate about and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Check out our programmes in domestic maritime, marine engineering, yachting, nautical foreign-going and marine electro-technology.
If you want an international career, choose one of our level 6 diplomas. If you're keen to work close to home, choose one of our level 4 certificates in domestic maritime.


If you're looking for the next step in your career or it's time to renew your certifications
Check out our higher level qualifications or short courses to renew your certificate or licence.

Explore our programmes


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Joseph Cross, NZ Maritime School alumni

"It is important that you enjoy what you study. At times, you do need to push through some hard grafting as with all tertiary studies. Enjoying the little things really help to keep the drive and motivation high to succeed and throughout the hard grafting, whether I showed it or not, I was actually enjoying it.

Without my qualification, I wouldn't be eligible for the job. I qualified as a second mate and went back for the mates masters course as soon as possible. Now I have my chief mates licence."


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Matthew Hope-Johnson, NZ Maritime School alumni

"Working on a cruise line, we get the opportunity to visit amazing places. I've been to Alaska, Canada, down the east and west coasts of America, through the Panama Canal, around Asia. All our travel is paid for, so it's a great way to see the world.

As part of our training, we have to do six months of sea time, which gives you real-world work experience. Our lecturers are all from the industry – we learn subjects like maths and physics, but they make it relevant to marine engineering, so it means you get the knowledge you need for the real world.

I couldn't think of anything better to do."

Come and explore where a career at sea could take you


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Flexible study your way

We've developed flexible learning options to make it easier for you to get qualified. With part-time and online options you can choose to study in a way that suits you.

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Get job security

We work closely with industry and employers to ensure what we teach is what is needed in today's changing market.

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Hands-on skills

At the New Zealand Maritime School, you will apply classroom learning to real-world situations and graduate with the hands-on skills that are in demand.


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