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Commercial Endorsement

What is Commercial Endorsement? If you would like to work on a vessel whether it be a Powerboat, Yacht or Motor boat then you will need to apply for Commercial Endorsement.

Commercial endorsement

Commercial Endorsement is required to work on any vessel that takes paying passengers. A commercial vessel can be defined as:

A Motor or sailing vessel in commercial use (i.e. Charter) for sport or pleasure, carrying no cargo and not more than 12 paying passengers.

You are able to apply for a Commercial Endorsement on any of the following qualifications:

  • RYA Powerboat level 2
  • RYA Advanced powerboat
  • RYA Day skipper practical (Power or Sail). You must have completed RYA Day skipper theory to
  • RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence
  • RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence

How do I commercially endorse my certificate

Once you have completed any of the above, you have a couple of options depending on where you see yourself working. The first and most important step is to complete ENG1 or ML5 medical.

Working in UK waters

If you are planning to work locally in the UK waters close to land on a RIB, yacht or Motor boat then you will to complete:

  1. Sea survival certificate
  2. The RYA online Professional Practices and Responsibilities course, known as PPR.
  3. Apply for commercial endorsement through the RYA

STCW endorsement

Some overseas employers, Superyachts or flag states will require STCW Basic Safety Training Certificates. If you are thinking of working outside the UK then we would recommend getting STCW.

If you hold an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore or Ocean then having STCW allows the holder to skipper a vessel up to 200 gross tonnes. Such a vessels may be larger than 24m in length. This qualification issometimes called the RYA Master of Yachts 200GT.

Once you have completed your STCW Basic Safety Training course then you will need to complete steps 2 and 3 above. If you have any questions relating to Commercial Endorsement then feel free to contact us

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