Commercial Endorsements: RYA qualifications that can be used professionally
Commercial Endorsements Course
RYA qualifications can be used professionally in the nautical industry. You could be doing anything from delivering a new 35’ yacht or driving a workboat with lifting and towing gear, to running a Superyacht in the Mediterranean. Whatever your job is on board, in the commercial world you are a professional seafarer, and therefore you are no different from the captain of a cruise liner: you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.
If you want to use your qualification as a professional seafarer, you must apply for Commercial Endorsement, this endorsement allows you work onboard British flagged vessels subject to the MCA’s codes of practice for small commercial vessels.
In April 2012, the RYA introduced a course called ‘Professional Practices and Responsibilities’ (PPR) that is now a mandatory requirement on any application for a commercial endorsement. The course is taken online and you can read more about it here.
When you have successfully passed your PPR course you can apply for a commercial endorsement with your RYA certificate, then an endorsement will be printed on your certificate of competence to show that you have undergone additional training and a medical fitness test, enabling you to work on commercial vessels.
How do I apply?
When applying for Commercial Endorsement, you need to fill in the RYA application form and send it to the Certification Team at the RYA. There is also a separate fee payable to the RYA for the processing and issue the endorsement (currently £34.50).
The following certificates can be commercially endorsed with the following text: Valid for vessels of up to 24 metres in length used for commercial purposes subject to the codes of practice issued by the MCA until (date of expiry).
The following documents must be submitted with your application:
- Your PPR completion certificate
- Sea Survival course completion certificate OR Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-V1/1-1)
- First Aid course completion certificate
- MCA approved medical report (in date) for example the ENG1 or ML5
- VHF/DSC Short Range Certificate for marine radio or other GMDSS compliant radio licence
- A passport sized photo
In order to commercially endorse your Day Skipper licences, you must also present a Shorebased Course Completion Certificate for the Day Skipper navigational theory.
What is an STCW endorsement?
The STCW endorsement is for holders of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean Certificates of Competence working under non-UK maritime authorities. In addition to an MCA approved medical report you will need to provide the following course completion certificates:
- Personal Survival techniques (STCW A-V1/1-1)
- Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW A-V1/1-4)
- Elementary first aid (STCW A-V1/1-3)
- Fire fighting and fire prevention (STCW A-V1/1-2)
Once endorsed, the following wording would appear on your certificate: The certificate holder complies with STCW 95 regulations V1/1 Sections V1/1-4. This certificate is valid for use as a Master of yachts of up to 200gt on commercially and privately registered yachts until (a date of expiry five years from the date of issue).
*Dates and timings may be subject to change at our discretion. We can arrange the dates to suit your schedule.
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