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RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities

The PPR course is required for candidates that are wishing to commercially endorse their RYA/MCA Certificates of Competency in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally as skipper or crew. 

The course is broken down into four modules:
  1. Commercial environment - showing how you fit into the professional maritime world.
  2. People – explaining the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
  3. Vessel – teaching about the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures.
  4. 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.  

    Following the modules there is a mock assessment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment. It should take you approximately around 6 to 8 hours to work through the four course modules. The graded end of course assessment is split into two sections, totaling 2 ½ hours.

    How to take the PPR course
    The PPR course is run by RYA recognised training centres. The training centre will provide remote access to an instructor who will be on hand to help if you have any queries during the online course. 

    Training centres delivering the PPR course are listed below. 
    You can take this course anytime prior to your Commercial Endorsement application or renewal. When you pass, you download and print your PPR certificate which will be valid either for your first Commercial Endorsement application or your next renewal. 
    Cost $TBA    Payment will be taken online as you start the course.

    Exemptions from this course
     If you hold an MCA Deck Officer's Certificate of Competence as Officer of the Watch, Master 200, Master 500 or above you do not need to take the PPR course. Please send a copy of your MCA certificate with your application or renewal form for your commercial endorsement.

    Updating your PPR certificate

     Once you have taken your first PPR course, at subsequent renewals of your commercial endorsement you will need to take a reduced version of the course and a short test to make sure you are still up to speed with the subject.

  5. If you are over 65 and subject to more regular medical fitness examinations, you do not need to take the PPR course each time you renew your medical. You will simply need to take it when your commercial endorsement is due for renewal (normally every five years).

To enquire about this course or certificate, please contact one of the RYA training centres listed below.


Powerboat Training NZ 027 345 6690 www.powerboat-training.co.nz

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