The RYA Yachtmaster® Certificate of Competence is often the ultimate aim of aspiring skippers. It is a well known, highly respected qualification worldwide, proving your experience and competence as a skipper.
Unlike other qualifications in the cruising programme, there is no formal training course to become an RYA Yachtmaster. Instead, provided you have sufficient experience, certification and seatime, you can put yourself forward for an exam to test your skills and knowledge.
There are a number of RYA navigation courses that will help you prepare for your exam. Many RYA Yachtmaster candidates also choose to book themselves into an RYA training centre for some specialised exam preparation training, but this is not compulsory.
You are capable of coastal passages
You are competent to undertake passages up to 150 miles offshore
You have the knowledge and experience to sail worldwide
With an RYA Yachtmaster Coastal, Offshore or Ocean Certificate of Competence you can start a career at sea.
You'll need to have the appropriate qualification for the vessel and area of operation.
If you want to work commercially, you'll need a commercial endorsement.
Find out more about other RYA professional qualifications.