The role of the RYA and IYT for international yachtmaster training

There are two primary sailing and motor boat training organisations that provide Yachtmaster training on a international level namely, the Royal Association (RYA) and the International Yacht Training (IYT) school. Although previously called yachtmaster, IYT have changed the name of the courses and now offer a professional Yachtmaster equivalent, known as the Master of Yachts Limited 200 tons (Offshore equivalent) and the Master of Yachts unlimited 200 tons (Ocean Equivalent).

RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Courses (200t)

IYT (International Yacht Training) Training courses (200t)

The difference between recreational and Professional Yachtmaster training.

Although equally respected by most captains, management companies and boat owners, certain individuals have a preference towards either IYT or RYA qualifications. It is important to note that the RYA courses will be considered recreational and have to be commercially endorsed in order for it to be considered a professional qualification, approved by the MCA.

The RYA Yachtmaster can be commercially endorsed, provided you have the following documentation and information:

  • Your Professional Practices and Responsibilities certificate
  • A commercial endorsement application form - see link on the right
  • An ENG1 certificate
  • A copy of your STCW certificate
  • A copy of your RYA Marine Radio SRC Certificate or other acceptable GMDSS Marine Radio Operator's Certificate.
  • A passport sized photo with your name on the back
  • The application fee

IYT Master of Yachts certificates do not require a ‘commercial’ endorsement because they are commercial certificates. Because the certificates are already commericially recognised, the following is required before a certificate is awarded in addition to the practical examination.

  • Pass shore based theory examinations
  • Obtain an STCW certificate
  • Business & Maritime Law exam
  • Marine Communications VHF-SRC Radio Operators certificate.
  • ENG1 Medical certificate
  • Seatime requirements, mentioned in more detail on the Master of yacht limited and unlimited pages

Find a Yachtmaster / Master of Yachts, motor or sailing school

Depending on what direction your super yachting career is focused in, you will need to decide whether to enrol in the motor or sail course. Due to the nature of the training and the type of vessel required for each, only one examination can be done at a time. A conversion training course from motor to sail can be done at a later stage, making you qualified for both vessel types. Most training schools who offer the Yachtmaster / Master of Yachts courses, offer both sail or motor training and examinations.