If you wish to skipper an MCA coded boat up to 24m in length in Category 3 waters (20 nautical miles from a safe haven) you will need to present yourself for an MCA Commercial Advanced Powerboat Examination.
If you are considering taking the MCA Commercial Advanced Powerboat Examination in order to obtain a Commercial Endorsement you will need to produce the following items at the beginning of the MCA Exam:
Log book including RYA Powerboat Certification held + evidence of sea time / mileage*
RYA SRC/VHF Radio Operators Certificate
A valid First Aid Certificate
Personal Survival Techniques STCW95 or RYA Basic Sea Survival Certificate
RYA Professional Practicies and Responsibilities Certificate**
The original ML5 Medical Report Form & Certificate or MCA ENG1 Medical Certificate
A passport sized photograph
RYA Commercial examination fee payable to the RYA
*Sea time equates to 2 years relevant experience including night pilotage. As a guide 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours. With RYA Advanced Powerboat Certificate the seatime is reduced to: 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours.All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
**PPR is an online course that can only be competed at an RYA Interactive Training Centre. Please see RYA web site for more details.
Further information can be found in the MCA Practical Exam Application form below and the ML5 medical report form.
We usually try to make arrangements for an MCA Commercial Advanced Powerboat Examination to take place immediately following an Advanced course.