MCA Yacht Qualifications & Yacht Manning Scale

Commercially and Privately Operated Yachts Over 24 Meters

This certificate allows the holder to legally stand a watch on a yacht up to 200t. See more

Miles from Safe HavenRankVessel
> 24M < 200 gt200 – 500 gt500 – 3000 gt
Up to 60 NMMasterMaster 200 gt LimitedMaster (Y) 500 gtMaster (Y) 3000 gt
Chief MateMaster 200 gt CoastalOOW (Y)
 OOW
Up to 150 NMMasterMaster 200 gt LimitedMaster (Y) 500 gtMaster (Y) 3000 gt
Chief MateMaster 200 gt CoastalMaster 200 t LimitedChief Mate
OOW
Over 150 NMMasterMaster 200 gt UnlimitedMaster (Y) 500 gtMaster (Y) 3000 gt
Chief MateMaster 200 gt LimitedOOW (Y)Chief Mate (Y)
OOWMaster 200 gt Limited

Requirements for Master of Yachts (3000GT)

  • 24 months as Watch-keeping Officer with OOW Certificate
  • Valid Medical Care Certificate
  • Oral Exam Preparation (recommended)
  • MCA Oral Examination

Requirements for Master of Yachts (500GT)

  • 12 months as Watch-keeping Officer with OOW Certificate
  • Navigation, ARPA and Radar Simulator
  • Ship Stability
  • Business and Law
  • Seamanship
  • Human Element Leadership & Management (Management Level)
  • STCW Medical Care Aboard Ship
  • Oral Exam Preparation (recommended)
  • MCA Astro Navigation Exam
  • MCA Oral Examination

Requirements for Chief Mate 300GT (Yachts)

  • Must hold OOW Certificate
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Medical First Aid
  • IYT Master 200t Unlimited**

Requirements for Officers of the Watch (OOW) Yachts

  • 3 Years signed on a crew list
  • IYT Master 200t Limited Shore-Based Course Completion Certified
  • IYT Master 200t Limited Certificate of Competency
  • MCA Survival Module (Yachts) or STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • GMDSS Certificate
  • Navigation and Radar
  • General Ship Knowledge
  • Efficient Deckhand Certificate
  • Completed Task Book
  • Human Element Leadership & Management (Operational Level)
  • Oral Exam Preparation (recommended)
  • MCA Oral Examination