Full details of the exam syllabus and requirements are shown in the RYA's Powerboat Logbook (code G20) available from the webshop.
Boats used for exams
You may use your own boat or a boat that you have chartered or borrowed. You will be responsible for ensuring the boat is seaworthy and suitable for the area in which the exam takes place and equipped as shown below.
The vessel must be capable of a minimum of 12 knots, equipped with the following:
- lights conforming with IRPCS
- VHF radio (may be portable)
- GPS (may be hand held) or plotter
- depth sounder
anchor, chain and warp
basic tool kit and spares
paddles or additional means of propulsion
flares: 2 hand held, 2 orange smoke
bilge pump or buckets/bailer
first aid kit
Additionally if not on the boat, you will need to bring to the exam:
- laminated or waterproof charts
- GPS set (may be hand held)
pilotage information for the local area, eg pilot books, port information etc
Photographic ID card or document, such as a passport or driving licence
Advanced Powerboat exam pre-requisites
Documented minimum sea time completed on a seagoing powerboat in the last 10 years:
- 30 days at sea, which may be reduced to 20 days at sea if an RYA Advanced Powerboat course completion certificate is held;
- 2 days as skipper;
- 800 miles, which may be reduced to 400 miles if an RYA Advanced Powerboat Course completion certificate is held;
- 12 night hours.
||Knowledge to the level of Yachtmaster Offshore theory
|Form of exam
- A GMDSS compliant Marine Radio Operator's Certificate such as the RYA Short Range Certificate or higher.
- An RYA First Aid Certificate or another valid first aid certificate, as detailed on the RYA website.
- Advanced Powerboat course completion certificate ONLY IF claiming reduced sea time detailed above.
- Photographic ID card or document, such as passport or driving license
|Minimum exam duration
1 Candidate: 4 to 5 hours
2 candidates: 5 to 6 hours
3 candidates: 6 to 7 hours
No more than three candidates can be examined in one session.
||17 at the time of the exam
Before you book your exam please check that you:
- can provide a boat
have completed the required mileage and experience as skipper
hold a VHF Radio Operators License or Short Range Certificate
hold a valid first aid certificate
- have read the syllabus in RYA publication G20
- have read and comply with the pre-requisites above.
Candidates should be familiar with all the equipment on board the vessel, as they may be asked to use this during the examination.
If you need your Certificate of Competence in order to work on board a commercial craft subject the MCA's codes of practice, you will need to get it commercially endorsed.