RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities

Each year approximately 4,500 people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew.  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 Med.  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 so you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.

The course is delivered as an online course support by ASIA Pacific Yachting staff.  To complete the course you sit a mock assessment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment.

Please view the following video for more information.

Pre-course Practical Requirements:None.
Pre-course Theory Requirements:None.
Course duration:Study time 6-8 hrs.
Minimum age:None.
What’s Included:Delivered at an on-line course for you to complete at your own pace.
Cost:HKD 600
Exam:Graded end of course assessment which is split into two sections, totaling 2½ hours.
Award:RYA Course Completion Certificate

Delivered via an on-line web based training course for you to complete at your own speed.  There is no time limit for this course.

No other equipment is required.

Commercial environment: How you fit into the professional maritime world.

People:  The importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.

Vessel:  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.

Apply for your commercial endorsement once you have the other mandatory requirements in place.


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This course is available all year.