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MCA Yacht Rating Certificate

The Yacht Rating Certificate is the entry-level qualification required by seafarers who are part of the safe manning of a vessel.  It is normally a 5-day training course covering the following topics:
  • Navigational Watch Duties
  • Life Saving and Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Seamanship
  • Code of Safe Working Practices
  • Engine Watch Keeping Duties
  • Pollution Prevention

You will also need to provide evidence of sea service and medical fitness.

Further Information

Many training providers publish information about MCA certification routes, manning scales, entry requirements and other information.  The official regulations are published on the MCA website


The following Superyacht UK members offer MCA training:



Please contact the provider directly for information about which courses they offer, dates, prices and availability.


A full list of MCA-approved training providers is available from the MCA by telephoning 023 8032 9231.