What is it?
A commercial endorsement is required to work on board British flagged vessels subject to the MCA's codes of practice for small commerical vessels (SCV). A number of additional training courses and medical fitness certificates are required to be eligible for a commercial endorsement. See below for more information.
The following certificates can receive the standard commercial endorsement:
I) Course completion certificate:
> RYA National Powerboat Certificate - Level 2
> RYA National Powerboat Certificate - Advanced (only if issued before January 1, 2005)
> RYA Day Skipper (tidal) practical course completion certificate.
> RYA Day Skipper (non-tidal) practical course completion certificate, only if supported by a
Day Skipper shorebased course completion certificate.
II) Certificate of competence (exam passed):
> RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence
> RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence
> RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
> RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence
In addition, the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Yachtmaster Ocean Certificates of
Competence can receive the STCW endorsement.
Send the following items to;
Your original certificate - see list above.
Your Professional Practices and Responsibilites certificate.
A commercial endorsement application form
An ML5 or ENG1 medical fitness certificate - download the MCA's ML5 form from the link below. The RYA can only accept the latest version of the ML5 form (currently Rev 04/12). Skippers working in category 1 or 0 waters will need the ENG1 medical. Contact the MCA for a list of approved doctors.
A copy of your RYA Basic Sea Survival certificate or STCW Personal Survival Techniques
RYA First Aid Certificate or other acceptable first aid certificate (only required if applying for a commercial endorsement to a Day Skipper, Powerboat Level 2 or Advanced Powerboat Course Completion Certificate).
RYA SRC Certificate or other acceptable GMDSS Marine Radio Operator's Certificate.
A passport sized photo with your name on the back.
The fee (currently £33.00)
Note: If you are over 65 you are subject to more regular medical fitness examinations,