Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)

A compulsory online course for the RYA Commercial Endorsement holders.

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. 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 for crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.

The RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities is made up of four modules and we estimate users will take from 4 to 8 hours to work through the course modules. Following the modules there is a mock assessment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment.

The end of course assessment is split into two sections of roughly 2½ hours in total. When you have passed the end of course assessment you will be able to download a certificate which you should send to the RYA with your commercial endorsement application or renewal form.

All new applicants for a commercially endorsed RYA Certificate of Competence must first pass the PPR course. Anyone renewing a commercially endorsed RYA Certificate of Competence must pass the PPR course prior to their next renewal date.

Course content:

  • 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.

Please note: Your user name and password together with your packet are normally mailed the same day Mon.–Fri., office hours.