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 SRC Certificate or other acceptable GMDSS Marine Radio Operator's Certificate.
>A passport sized photo with your name on the back.
>The fee (currently £34.50)
Note: If you are over 65 you are subject to more regular medical fitness examinations,
Note: You are required to hold a valid first aid certificate that covers Category C Medical Stores as detailed in MSN1768 for the duration of your commercial endorsement.
The regcognised qualifications are either STCW, RYA First Aid, or SeaFish First Aid.