Professional Practices and Responsibilities
A Commercial endorsement is required by law if you are using your qualification for work or accepting payment for use of your boat etc. The method of gaining this endorsement is now by taking an interactive course via our section of the RYA Interactive website. The course is called Professional Practices and Responsibilities and takes about 8 hours or less to complete; this can be done in small stages if required. After completing the online course tuition you have the opportunity to take a number of mock assessments before attempting the final assessment.
The Professional Practices and Responsibilities course is for skippers and crew using RYA qualifications to allow them to work commercially. As such, it is written mainly from the point of view of UK legislation and concentrates on your place in the international maritime environment as a UK certificate holder. However, it does also highlight the need to look beyond UK rules and regulations and take into consideration the requirements of the flag and port state.
There are two sections to the PPR course; General Knowledge and Scenarios
General Knowledge will cover subjects such as recommended safety briefing, types of lifejackets, flares required, National governing bodies etc
Teaching scenarios throughout the course are based on a variety of boats, both sail and power. It may be that you have experience on none of the boats used, but that will not affect your ability to do the course as no specialist knowledge of any type of vessel is required – the same rules and regulations apply regardless of your type of boat or operation.
Types of Certificate which can be Commercially Endorsed
Powerboat - Level 2 & Advanced Powerboat Certificate of Competence
Sail & Motor - Day Skipper, Yachtmaster (Coastal or Offshore), Yachtmaster Ocean
A commercial endorsement requires you to take a Sea Survival course and pass a medical. The medical can be either an ML5 which is conducted by your GP or an ENG1 conducted by an MCA approved Doctor and is required if you are working in Category 0 and 1 waters (over 60 miles from a safe haven).
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PPR Course Login Instructions
Please read these instructions and then click the link at the end, a new window will open so you will still be able to refer back to this page should you need to.
1. If you are new to ryainteractive you will need to create an account by clicking ‘Create a new account’ on the left hand side of the page, if you are already a user then log in.
2. If you are creating a new account, you will then come to a page where you will need to fill in the required fields, notice on this page you will come across a required field saying ‘Training centre or organisation’ , Click the drop down arrow and then select ‘SOUTH WEST MARINE TRAINING’. Once fully complete then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click ‘create my new account’.
3. Once logged in, click onto the Professional Practices & Responsibilities course. With this course you have to pay online direct to the RYA in order to enrol, you will come to a page asking for payment of £37.20.
4. Once you have paid the balance online you will have enrolled onto the PPR course. You can then start accessing the course material and mock assessments. It is important to take your time reading and studying the course information for your mock assessments as this course is not as easy as some may think!
5. When you have passed the end of course assessment you will be able to download a certificate which you can then send to the RYA with your commercial endorsement application or renewal form.
6. Finally if you have any problems or enquiries about your PPR course then do not hesitate to contact us on 01803 853843. We have Knowlegeable and experienced instructors that can talk to you via Email, over the phone or face to face and deal with any queries you may have.