Instructor revalidation


Thanks for choosing to revalidate your RYA Instructor certificate. Before you apply,  please ensure that your Instructors Certificate is only due to expire within the next 6 months. Your certificate will be revalidated from your expiry date. 

The form below may be used to apply for the revalidation of the following RYA certificates:

  • Dinghy, Keelboat and Multihull Instructor and Senior Instructor
  • Windsurfing Instructor and Senior Instructor
  • Powerboat Instructor
  • Personal Watercraft Instructor
  • Inland Waterways Instructor

Before you complete your application, please go to 'Your Account' above to make sure your details are up to date. The address shown there will be where we send your new instructor certificate and the email address will be where we send important updates about RYA courses and qualifications.

Please also take a moment to visit and tell us which eNewsletters you wish to receive. As an Instructor, Wavelength is an excellent way for you to keep in touch with what's going on in the world of RYA training. It is emailed regularly (if you opt in). The annual conference review edition is circulated to all instructors each Spring. You can also keep up to date by following us on Twitter and Facebook - links at the top of this page.

Instructing experience

In order to revalidate your certificate you will need to list instructing experience gained within the relevant training scheme, at an RYA Recognised Training Centre within the last five years.

If your qualification is more than one year out of date or if you have not completed more than 30 hours of instructing in the last five years, you must submit an observation form with your revalidation application. That form must be completed by an appropriately qualified Principal, Chief Instructor, Coach or Trainer, who will need to observe you assisting on an RYA course relevant to your revalidation. If this applies to you, please make sure you get your observation form completed prior to starting your revalidation application.

For instructors of the National Sailing and Windsurfing Schemes, whose qualification is more than 5 years past the indicated expiry date, you will be asked to undergo an assessment with a nominated and appropriate RYA Trainer. Please contact RYA Training for advice and the actions required. Instructors who are qualified for National Sailing Scheme or Windsurfing, whose award is significantly out of date, by 10 years or more, will be asked to re-do the full instructor course

Health declaration

The revalidation form will ask you to complete a health declaration to show that you are not suffering from a physical or mental impairment which has an adverse effect on your ability to properly discharge your duty of care as an instructor. If you have a condition that means you cannot complete the declaration, please download and complete a Medical Questionnaire which you will then be prompted to submit during your revalidation application.


In order to revalidate you must be a current member of the RYA. If outside the UK we will accept membership of the relevant governing body in your country of residence in lieu of RYA membership. As a thank you for your hard work and dedication to the RYA’s training schemes, you are entitled to our exclusive Instructor member offer which allows you to receive five years membership for the price of three. To take up this offer, please call our Membership team on 023 8060 4159.


Revalidation is free of charge and your new instructor certificate should be issued within 21 days of you submitting your application.

If you need your new certificate sooner, you may wish to Fast Track your application and receive it within 4 working days, the fees for which are shown here. If you need to do this, make sure you complete the Fast Track application below and include a phone number where we can call you during RYA office hours to take payment.

Revalidation application

Select the relevant link below to get started.

To revalidate more than one qualification in a single training scheme, you only need to submit one form. If you want to revalidate multiple qualifications across different training schemes, please submit one form per scheme (simply complete and submit the form for the first scheme, then refresh your browser or open the form again for the next scheme).

Revalidation application - free of charge 

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