The MCA Commercial Yachtmaster only applies to
This notice describes the system for deck
officer certification for large commercial or private sailing and motor
vessels and sail training vessels. It provides details of the certification system for deck officers serving in:
a) Commercial yachts or sail training vessels of 24 metres and over in loadline length and of less than 3000gt and which do not carry cargo and do not carry more than 12 passengers, covered by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Large Commercial Yacht Code (LY2)1, and
b) Privately owned yachts, not in commercial use, of 24 metres and over in loadline length and of less than 3000gt used for sport or pleasure and which do not carry cargo and do not carry more than 12 passengers
The certification system is progressive to allow yacht personnel to achieve yacht restricted qualifications for Officer of the Watch (OOW), Chief Mate and Master.
It has no applicability in the marine
professional space on conventional cargo or passenger vessels. It is not in any way equivalent to the US "Masters " certification. It is used in the Uk for some approvals relating to very small passenger vessels and things like yacht instruction etc. It has no validity outside the Uk.
It was a scheme brought in some years ago, by the UK MCA, to organize the manning and professional standards of commercial leisure yachts, i.e. sail training, super yachts, professional manned yachts etc. Up till then there was no training scheme and many super yacht captains had no formal qualifications. Since the UK and its adjuncts, registry has the majority of large leisure vessels, it brought these in.
They have received widespread acceptance worldwide, but they do not
have the legislative/treaty approval that say IMO certifications have in terms of cross country recognition.