Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt)

To command vessels up to 500gt/3000gt commercially, you will be required to hold a Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) Certificate of Competency.

Before you can obtain the MCA Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) Certificate of Competency you must complete a number of Master (Yacht) and MCA Ancillary courses to qualify to sit the Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt)  Certificate of Competency oral examination.

Please see the list of required training and certification below.

Required Certification Course for Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) modules:

Stability (Master Yachts)

Business and Law (Master Yachts)

Navigation, ARPA and Radar Simulator (Master Yachts)

Seamanship and Meteorology (Master Yachts)

Required Ancillary Courses for Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) modules:

Proficiency for Persons in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship (STCW A-VI/4-2)

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)

Human Element, Leadership and Management (Management Level)

Celestial Navigation Exam (MCA Approved)

Recommended Additional Courses for Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) modules:

Orals Preparation Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt)

To qualify for the Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt) Certificate of Competency Oral examination you will be required to hold the the pass certificates from the training courses above and also meet the following entry requirements.

Entry Requirements for Master (Yachts less than 500gt) Certificate of Competency (CoC) Oral Examination

  • Have a minimum of 12 months Onboard Yacht Service as a Deck Officer, including not less than 120 days Watchkeeping Service, in vessels of 15 metres or over in load line length whilst holding an accepted OOW STCW Reg. II/1 (Yachts less than 3000gt) CoC.
  • Have fully met the education and training requirements for the issue of the MCA Chief Mate STCW Reg. II/2 (Yachts less than 3000gt) CoC.
  • Hold all of the pass certificates for the training required to obtain the Master (Yachts less then 500gt) CoC (please find required training modules above).

Entry Requirements for Master (Yachts less than 3000gt) Certificate of Competency (CoC) Oral Examination

  • Have a minimum of 24 months Onboard Yacht Service as a Deck Officer, including not less than 240 days Watchkeeping Service whilst holding an accepted OOW STCW Reg. II/1 (Yachts less than 3000gt) CoC. All of this service must be completed in vessels of 15 metres or over in load line length and include 12 months in vessel of 24 metres or over in load line length, of 6 months in vessels of 500gt or more.
  • Hold a Certificate of Proficiency for Person in Charge of Medical Care on Board Ship (STCW A-VI/4-2)
  • Hold either a MCA Master STCW Reg. II/2 (Yachts less than 500gt or have passed all written examinations and short courses required for the issue of that certificate. Note: As training module pass certificates are valid for three years, candidates are advised to obtain the MCA Master (Yachts less than 500gt) CoC where circumstances may preclude then from attempting the Master (Yachts less than 3000gt oral examination before the modules expire.
  • Pass the Master (Yachts less than 3000gt) oral examination

Please Note: The above entry requirements are not required to attend the training courses for Master (Yachts less than 500gt/3000gt), However are required to apply for your Notice of Eligibility (NoE) and sit the final CoC Oral Examination. Full details can be found on the MCA Oral Examination Form MSF 4343.

For full Training and Certification Guidance of the UK requirements of Deck Officers on Large Yachts (over 24m) please refer to MSN 1858.

Why UKSA?

  • All food and accommodation is included in the price of the courses, where you will be accommodated on site at UKSA.
  • All training takes place on our site in Cowes, so you won’t spend time going back and forth between different locations
  • We are not just 9 to 5: we’re open around the clock. The classrooms are available in the evenings enabling to use the facilities and continue to study once lessons are over.
  • There’s a great social aspect to training at UKSA: all our students eat on-site, there’s a lively bar with regular events and a very convivial atmosphere.
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