Originally Posted by jackdale
The IYT certificate is not recognized by Transport Canada
as an acceptable commercial
This is correct. The IYT certificate is recognized for limited commercial purposes by the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the United States Coast Guard, as well as a small number of other countries. The IYT publishes a current
list on its website [see IYT World - Government Approvals
My own sense is that the IYT appeals to a relatively small number of people: essentially, British subjects and US citizens who want to qualify for paid crew positions on large yachts, but for one reason or another don't want to bother with the usual professional mariner's experience / examination requirements for a master's certificate.
IYT provides good training, but it is rather expensive. For the majority of people who just want to be able to bareboat
charter, the RYA "day skipper" or national equivalent is probably a more practical option.