MIT Chief Mates

Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)

Auckland, New Zealand

Chief Mates course

Note: Students after Chief Mates CoC from New Zealand can stay back upto 1 year and take up employment in New Zealand as per new immigration rules applicable from November 2018. Click on link below for post study work visa rules and FAQ’s.

Post Study Work visa rules
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Students holding a PANAMA CoC (2nd Mates / Chief Mates / Masters) can now do their Chief Mates and Masters CoC from NZ. If you are holding a PANAMA CoC, please apply for Pre-Assessment with Maritime New Zealand at the earliest. Pre-Assessment procedure is free of cost and takes about 4 weeks normally. This new rule came from October 2019. Kindly note that only PANAMA CoC is being accepted by Maritime New Zealand. If you hold any other CoC for e.g. Honduras, Dominica, Liberia, etc., it is advisable that you apply for your Maritime New Zealand pre-assessment as well. If you have any queries regarding this, please give me a call / whatsapp me at 9892725375.

Please find MNZ Eligibility Letter issued to a seafarer holding a Panama CoC.

Course Title:

Diploma in FG Masters or Chief (Level 7) – Chief Mates

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Candidates must have completed 12 months watch-keeping service as a Deck Officer on vessels > 500 GRT while holding an OOW unlimited II/1 Certificate of Competency (CoC). If you have more than 36 months sea-time as a Deck Officer after 2nd Mates CoC, you can obtain both your Chief Mates and Masters CoC. However, without having in-rank experience of a Chief Officer, it would be difficult to clear the Masters Orals.

Documentary evidence to prove sea service are the following:


  • Stamps on CDC
  • Masters sea service testimonials
  • Company Sea-service Letter on the company letterhead (click on link for letter format)

If you have more than 36 months of seatime as a Deck Officer after your 2nd Mates CoC, you can appear for your Masters orals and obtain your Masters CoC also immediately after having obtained your Chief Mates CoC. Even if you are already sailing as a Master (for e.g. with Panama CoC), you will still need to do the 11 months course, sit for Chief Mates orals, get your Chief Mates CoC and then only can you do your Masters orals and obtain your Masters CoC. However, you will not need to do any additional seatime after Chief Mates CoC from NZ to obtain your Masters CoC if you already have more than 36 months seatime as a Deck Officer. Also, you can complete the Masters orals on a single trip to NZ whilst finishing your Chief Mates CoC, you will not need to make 2 trips to New Zealand. You are anyway allowed 12 months of stay back in New Zealand after your Chief Mates CoC as per new immigration rules applicable from 26 November 2018.

Please click on the link to read Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) Eligibility Requirements.

It is advisable but not compulsory to obtain a MNZ Pre-assessment done before joining the course at MIT, Auckland.

If you are unsure about your sea service, it is advisable to get your pre-assessment done and this will take 4 weeks. Download the Pre-Assessment Form and send the documents by email.

Maritime New Zealand contact details are as given below:

Telephone: +64 4 473 0111

Course starting date and duration:

Course duration is 11 months. Mode of delivery is modular and hence you can join every month from Feb till November. Entry dates are given below for the year 2020.

03 February 2020 Vessel technical Operations
02 March 2020 Command Met
16 March 2020 Maritime Commercial Practice
17 April 2020 Risk analysis and human factors
18 May 2020 Adjust compass
01 June 2020 Naval architecture
06 July 2020 Manage Marine Operations
10 August 2020 ECDIS
17 August 2020 Navigation control and emergency response
21 September 2020 Manage safety and operations (orals preparations)
02 November 2020 Ship master?s medical
09 November 2020 Advanced Fire Fighting
16 November 2020 GMDSS

Admission Procedure:

For booking a course, please email / whatsapp (+91 98927 25375) the following documents to us:

Kindly email the above documents to
You can also send clear copies of the above documents on Whatsapp also at +91 9892725375.
There is no payment to be done for booking a seat in the college.

It will take about 4 weeks to receive your admission letter from the college. Admission letter will come by email. Sample Admission Letter copy attached.

IELTS Academic / Pearson PTE English Language Test:

An English language test is a requirement before you can apply for the New Zealand student visa. English test is not required for booking a seat in the college but you will not be able to apply for a New Zealand visa if you have not cleared this English language test.

You may sit for either of the following tests:

The score required in IELTS Academic English test is an overall score of 6 band with no sectional score below 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Spoken or Listening section.

The score required for Pearson PTE Academic English test is an overall score of 50 with no sectional score below 42 in Reading, Writing, Spoken or Listening section.

You can download IELTS and Pearson PTE app on your mobile phone and practice before you sit for the actual test. Youtube videos are also available on IELTS and Pearson PTE to help you prepare for these tests.

Tuition Fees & Living Expenses:

The total course tuition fees is 22,400 Nz$ for the year 2021. The fees goes up by 4% approx. every year. Click on the link for Tuition Fees details and starting dates of the various modules. The tuition fees does not include STCW short courses and tanker courses. You can do these short courses in New Zealand or you can do the MCA approved STCW courses and Tanker Courses in India which are accepted by Maritime New Zealand. It would be cheaper to do the MCA approved short courses from India.

The above fees does not include the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) fees for oral exams and tanker endorsement. Please view MNZ fees by visiting the link below:

Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) does not accept DG Shipping India approved advanced STCW courses, GMDSS, ECDIS and tanker courses. These courses have to be compulsorily done in New Zealand or you can do the MCA approved courses in India at BP Marine Academy (Mumbai) or HIMT (Chennai).

MIT Auckland short course fees details can be seen by visiting the link below:

Short Course Fees 2020 file

Food & Accommodation expenses will be about Nz$ 1,000 (INR 50,000) per month on a conservative budget in Auckland.

Total expected expenses in New Zealand is expected to be around Nz$ 40,000 (INR 20 Lakhs) (excluding tanker courses). Working part-time in New Zealand will help you to recover living expenses i.e. around Nz$ 12,000 (INR 6 Lakhs) annually. This will bring your actual cost to Nz$ 28,000 (INR 14 Lakhs).

Applying for Pre-Assessment:

Pre-Assessment is done by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ). It is free of cost and the procedure takes about 4 weeks. MNZ checks your sea-time and CoC for authenticity in this process.
You need to send the following documents by email for applying for Pre-Assessment with MNZ:

  • Filled up Pre-Assessment Form (sample filled up form attached)
  • Passport (first page and address page)
  • CDC (first page and sea service stamp pages after 2nd Mates CoC)
  • CoC (all relevant pages including CoC expiry date page)
  • Masters testimonials for minimum of 12 months after 2nd Mates CoC showing bridge watch duties.
  • Company sea-time letter

Make single PDF files of all above 6 documents i.e. total of 6 PDF files and email to MNZ at: You need to send an email to MNZ (sample draft email copy attached) along with the above documents.
Download the app CAMSCANNER on your smart phone. This is a free app and it will help you to make clear PDF files when you take images of your documents using your smart phone.

Funds to show for New Zealand Visa:

Visa rules keep on changing pretty frequently and hence every student should be aware of what the present rules are.

The funds shown for New Zealand visa will include the following:

  • Tuition Fees of 22,400 Nz$
  • Living Expenses of 15,000 Nz$
  • Flight ticket of 2,000 Nz$

The total funds to be shown for visa will be Nz$ 39,400 (INR 20 Lakhs if 1 NZ$ = 50 INR)

Money can be shown in one of the following ways:

  • Cash in bank account or Fixed Deposits
  • Educational loan sanction letter
  • Other loans like personal loan, loan against property and insurance policies. Gold loan is not accepted.

Any sudden reflection of large funds in account needs to be explained with documentary evidence.
You can also be sponsored by your parents / own siblings but they will need to show their source of income. Money cannot be shown by friends and other relatives.

New Zealand Admission & Visa Procedure:

  • The applicant sends us all documents required for admissions by email or Whatsapp. ‘Conditional Offer Letter’ comes in 3 weeks by email.
  • The applicant clears his English language test (IELTS Academic or Pearson PTE) and emails the result to us. We will forward this result to the college. ‘Unconditional Offer Letter’ is emailed by the college. This letter is required to apply for New Zealand visa.
  • The applicant arranges funds to be shown for the visa process in the interim.
  • We email the visa application form, sample answers and list of documents to be submitted for the visa process to the applicant.
  • The applicant undergoes INZ 1096 medical which is just a chest X ray from a INZ approved medical practitioner / clinic. You will get this report in 2 hours.
  • Now the applicant fills up the online visa application form. This process will take about 3 hours. You will need to scan and upload all relevant documents for e.g. Passport + Photo + Admission Letter + INZ 1096 Medical + Financial Documents + Academic Certificates + IELTS / PTE English test report + Statement of Purpose (SoP) + Covering Letter + Work Experience documents, etc. Documents list will be provided to you as well as the sample answers to help you fill the online visa application form.
  • We will login and check the visa online application form and supporting documents before you submit the online visa application form.
  • Once the online form is checked, you will be asked to now submit the visa fees payment which is approximately 15,000 Rs. This money will be paid by your credit card / debit card. Cash payment option is not there. After paying the visa fees online, a receipt will be generated. You will take a printout of this receipt and go to the nearest visa office to submit your passport photocopy. The visa office will check the original passport, take photocopy of the passport and return the original passport to you. There will be a service charge of approximately 770 Rs that you will need to pay at the via office.
  • In about 3 – 4 weeks time, the applicant receives an email from ‘Immigration New Zealand’ that the visa has been ‘Approved In Principle’. The email will also state that the student needs to submit the full tuition fees to the college and submit receipt of tuition fees paid. Also, the tuition fees has to be paid from the bank account in which funds have been shown for the visa application.
  • The student remits the full tuition fees to the college by electronic bank transfer (SWIFT). We will assist you with the electronic bank transfer to MIT, Auckland. It will take 2 working days for college to receive the funds. The tuition fees receipt will come in another 1 – 2 days by email. This tuition fees receipt and the updated bank account statement from which funds have been sent to the college will be emailed to the visa office. You will also need to upload these documents to your visa online account.
  • Once the visa officer receives your documents, you will be sent visa by email. You will now take a printout of this visa email (SAMPLE VISA LETTER). There is no visa stamping on the Passport any more. The visa letter will mention that you are allowed to work part-time in NZ. Length of visa will be 13 – 14 months. After you have completed your studies successfully in NZ, you can apply for the 1 year post-study work visa in NZ.
  • Our travel agent will get in touch with you to arrange for your flight tickets and foreign exchange that you may need.

Accommodation, Food and Flight Tickets:

Accommodation: College does not offer hostel accommodation for overseas students. Students stay in rented apartments as it works out to be much cheaper. A typical house would have 4 – 5 rooms which would be rented out to the students. Each room would be fully furnished i.e. the room would have a bed, mattress, wardrobe, study table, carpet, lights and heating system. The student would pay the room rent to the landlord every month. The kitchen and the washroom would be shared amenities. The kitchen would typically have a dining table, microwave, refrigerator and cooking system in place. A single room would house one student, a couple or 2 students at the maximum. On signing the contract with the landlord, you will have to pay one month?s of rent as security deposit as well as the rent in advance for that month. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your contract safely with you and insist that the rent will be paid by cheques only. Ask the landlord for a copy of rent receipt as well for your safety. Most contract?s come with a one month notice period which means that you will have to give one month?s notice before vacating or else you may lose your deposit money. At the time of returning the deposit money, the landlord may make deductions for any damage that the tenant may have done to the property.

Alternatively, you can stay for 1 day in a budget hotel / bag packer on arrival in Auckland and check out houses the next day. You can find list of budget hotels on various travel sites on the internet.

Contact numbers of a few landlords in Auckland are as given below:

Jason Papatoe

Food: All food items that are available in India are also available in Auckland, New Zealand for e.g. rice, wheat, dal, vegetables, chicken, mutton, fish, fruits, etc. Eating outside at restaurants, take-away, etc. are very expensive because of the high cost of labour in New Zealand and hence invariably all students cook their food together at home only. Grocery shops are located at 5 – 10 minutes walking distance from the accommodation areas.

Flight tickets: You do not need to have your flight tickets whilst applying for a New Zealand visa. You however have to show 2,000 Nz$ equivalent of funds in your account to pay for your flight tickets at the time of visa appliation. Students usually book their flight tickets after having received their New Zealand student visa. It is upto a student if he wishes to book a one way ticket to New Zealand or a return ticket i.e. to and fro. Normally, a return ticket works out cheaper. We will introduce you to a Travel Agent who will help you out with flight ticket bookings or you can book through online portals like,, etc. A one way fare price will range from 40,000 – 50,000 INR whilst a return fare will range from 70,000 – 100,000 INR. Prices vary depending upon season and how far is your travel date from the date of booking.

Educational Loans:

Banks in India are usually reluctant to sanction loans for CoC courses and the typical reasons for refusing loans are as given below:

  • Seafarers are often not considered by banks as students and hence banks are reluctant to sanction loans to them.
  • Some bank managers do not understand what a CoC course is and hence their reluctance.
  • As CoC courses do not fall under the category of Degree / Diploma courses, hence the reluctance from banks.
  • CoC course duration is usually less than 1 year and banks are reluctant to give loans for courses less than 1 year.
  • Some banks insist on students getting a letter from DG Shipping, India stating that overseas CoC courses are approved. It is next to impossible for students to get such a letter from DG Shipping, India.

If you know somebody in a bank, it gets much easier to get your loan sanctioned. If not, it is always advisable to approach atleast 5 different banks and hope that some of these banks may consider your loan application favourably. Do not chase only 1 bank as it is possible that the bank may refuse your application and you may not have enough time left to apply for educational loans to other banks.

If you wish to apply for an educational loan, please let us know and we will ask the bank personnel to get in touch with you.

How to reach MIT, Auckland:

There are flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, etc. to Auckland.
From Auckland airport to the college will take you about 30 minutes by taxi / shared shuttle service.
The shared shuttle service will cost you around 40 Nz$ i.e. 2,000 Rs/-

Working Part time / Full time in Auckland:

As per the present rules, you would be allowed to work 20 hours / week during your study period and full time during vacations (Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays). By working within the above working hour limits, a student can hope to recover around 5 – 6 Lakhs INR during your stay in Auckland. There is no compulsion for a student to work and it is entirely upto his own discretion, however the student should not work for more than 20 hours / week during his course study period. The minimum pay rate in New Zealand is Nz$ 18.90 per hour and you will not be paid less than this amount. However, if you are working in night shifts, week-ends or during holiday season, you may expect to get paid higher also.

The following are the different kinds of jobs that students take up in Auckland during their stay in New Zealand.

  • Working in fast food joints like Mc Donalds, KFC, Burger King, Subway, etc., as cashier, helper, delivery boy, salad cutter, cleaner, etc.
  • Working in shopping malls and departmental stores.
  • Working as security guards.
  • Working in hotels at the reception

The following are the different ways of finding jobs during your stay in Auckland:

  • Get in touch with senior students studying in the college. You will get to know where they are working and they could refer you to their employers if any vacancies come up.
  • Local newspapers in Auckland advertise jobs that can be taken up by students.
  • Most of the fast food joints and departmental stores stick vacancy advertisements on their glass doors so that prospective employees can just walk in to apply for such jobs.
  • Register with job placement agencies in Auckland.

Contact Us:

Kunal Anshuman,
Springdale India
Tel: +91 – 98927 25375
Address: Office No. 529, Mastermind 4, Royal Palms, Aarey Colony, Goregaon E, Mumbai ? 400 065

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Kunal Anshuman,

Springdale India
Tel : +91 - 98927 25375
Address :
Office No. 529, Mastermind 4, Royal Palms, Aarey Colony, Goregaon E, Mumbai ? 400 065

Note: To reach our office, take autorickshaw from Goregaon (E) station. It will cost you about 70 Rs/- and the distance is 3.0 kms from station. It should take you about 20 minutes to reach our office in normal traffic conditions from the station. Alternatively, take Bus No. 452 from Goregaon (E) station and get down at the last bus stop i.e. Mayur Nagar. The office is about 10 minutes walk from the Mayur Nagar bus stop. If you are coming from Powai direction, it will take you about 30 minutes to reach our office by auto rickshaw and the fare will be about 150 Rs approximately.

Please call before you plan to come to the office so that we can schedule a mutually convenient date and time.