Commercial Endorsement

What is a commercial endorsement?

A commercial endorsement is printed on your RYA certificate of competence to show that you have undergone additional training and a medical fitness test, enabling you to work on commercial vessels. There are two types of commercial endorsement:

The standard commercial endorsement allows you work on board British flagged vessels subject to the MCA's codes of practice for small commercial vessels. The following wording would appear on your certificate:

For Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean Certificates of Competence: This certificate is valid for use as a Master of yachts of up to 200gt on commercially and privately registered yachts until (date of expiry).

For Powerboat Level 2, Powerboat Advanced, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper Certificates of Competence: 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 STCW endorsement is for holders of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Ocean Certificates of Competence working under non-UK maritime authorities. It requires you to take 4 additional courses:

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 (date of expiry).

Which certificates can be commercially endorsed?

In addition, the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean Certificates of Competence can receive the STCW endorsement.

Which certificate do I need?

The MCA's codes of practice categorise British flagged commercial yachts according to the type of yacht and the waters in which they operate. It is this categorisation that determines which of the above certificates you will need. See the MCA's table of manning requirements below.

The RYA is a certifying authority for the codes of practice and can give advice on the coding and categorisation of commercial yachts. See the requirements for commercial boats link below.

How do I apply for a standard commercial endorsement?

Send the following items to RYA Certification,
RYA House,
Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire SO31 4YA:

How do I apply for a STCW endorsement?

Send the following items to RYA Certification,
RYA House,
Ensign Way, Hamble, Hampshire SO31 4YA:

Revalidating your commercial endorsement

All commercial endorsements must be revalidated every five years by proving at least 150 days of actual sea service on appropriate vessels during the previous five years, and be in possession of a valid medical fitness certificate.

If you are unable to prove the requisite sea service but are able to demonstrate that during at least half of the five year period you have been employed on duties closely associated with the management and operation of one or more of the appropriate types of vessels, you may have your certificate considered for revalidation.

RYA/MCA certificates can be commercially endorsed for the following areas of operation:

Category 0 Unrestricted (ie: worldwide)
Certificate required RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence
Category 1 Up to 150 miles from a safe haven
Certificate required RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence
Category 2 Up to 60 miles from a safe haven
Certificate required RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence
Category 3 Up to 20 miles from a safe haven
Certificate required RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence, or RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence
Category 4 Up to 20 miles from a safe haven, in favourable weather and daylight
Certificate required RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence, or RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence
Category 5 To sea, within 20 miles from a nominated departure point in favourable weather and daylight
Certificate required RYA Day Skipper practical and shorebased certificate, RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence, or RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate of competence
Category 6 To sea, within 3 miles from a nominated departure point(s) and never more than 3 miles from land, in favourable weather and daylight
Certificate required RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA Day Skipper practical certificate, RYA Advanced Powerboat certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Coastal certificate of competence, RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certificate of competence
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