Professional Practices Responsibilities

Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA/MCA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. They include:

Delivery Skippers and Crew
RYA Yachting and Powerboat Instructors
Charter Skippers
Charter Yacht Crew
Super Yacht Crew
Work-Boat Skippers
Harbour Masters
RIB Drivers
Corporate Skippers
Deck Hands

Whatever your job is on board, in the commercial world you are a professional seafarer. As such, you are no different from the captain of a cruise liner; you have a duty of care to crew, to passengers, and to other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong. The RYA PPR (Professional Practices & Responsibilities) Course will introduce you to these responsibilities and from April 2012 is required in order to commercially endorse your RYA/MCA Certificate of Competence.


As a competent skipper, you will have already passed a rigorous practical exam. In order to commercially endorse that certificate you need to hold a Medical, a Sea Survival Certificate and this PPR Certificate (from 2nd April 2012). This is an online E Learning course but we are available to provide email support if you need it. This is a relatively new RYA Course, so please e-mail us if you are unsure as to whether or not you require it.


To introduce seafarers to relevant legislation applicable to them, including SOLAS, COSWoP, MARPOL, Flag State, Port State Authorities and the Code of Practice. Upon completion of the course you won’t necessarily be able to quote all of these regulations by rote, but will be aware of them and know where to read more about them.


You should allow yourself around six to eight hours to complete this online course. This can be in more than one session, however each assessment is timed and must be taken in a single unit.


The course is aimed at those who hold a RYA Certificate of Competence and want to commercially endorse that certificate.

Certificates of Competence include:

MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Ocean
MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Sail
MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Power
MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail
MCA / RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Power
MCA / RYA Advanced Powerboat

You can also commercially endorse the following RYA Certificates:

RYA Dayskipper Shorebased with Dayskipper Sail
RYA Dayskipper Shorebased with Dayskipper Power
RYA Powerboat Level 2


Existing Commercial Endorsement Holders:

If your commercial endorsement needs revalidating after the 1st June 2012, you must hold a Professional Practices and Responsibilities certificate
You are exempt from this if you hold an MCA Master qualification
New Commercial Endorsement Applications:

If you are applying on or after the 2nd April 2012, you must hold a PPR certificate
You are exempt from this if you hold an MCA Master qualification


The RYA PPR (Professional Practices & Responsibilities) course covers the legal framework you need to adhere to in your status as a commercial operator, whatever type of vessel you work on. Whist we can’t teach the specific rules for every type of operation, the course will help you to understand and execute your duty of care, and give you principles, guidance and techniques to help you make the right choices and decisions.

The course is split into 4 sections:

Commercial environment – showing how you fit into the professional maritime world.
People – explaining the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
Vessel – teaching about the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures.
Purpose – making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness.
At the end of these training modules is the online assessment.


Online E-Learning PPR Course
PPR Certificate (you can print yourself)
Email support from our team of Instructors
RYA Commercial Regulations support book
(this is not required for the P.P.R. course, but you may find it useful reading)


Please use the online booking facility below. If you are inside the EU, select the UK based course, if you are outside the EU please select the Online Outside EU option. Both options come with full telephone and e-mail support, and there is a short manual activation process; once you have booked please allow one working day for us to e-mail you your username and password.

If you would prefer to discuss this with someone, or book over the phone, you can contact the admin team on 023 8023 1122 or e-mail us on [email protected].


While the RYA developed this course, we were on hand to help proof read it, during the development stages.
Unlike some of our competitors, we charge no extra fees for our support through the course. There is nothing more to pay above the standard Royal Yachting Association fees.
We are one of the first centres in the world to offer the course.
We have a team of full time sail and power instructors who can provide email support, if you need it.
You do not need to attend our centre, the whole course is taken online.
We own and maintain the Number 1 resource for the Professional Practices and Responsibilities course at