RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities Online Course

Who's it for?

  • Delivery skippers/crew
  • RYA Yacht & Advanced Powerboat instructors
  • RIB Skippers
  • Charter skippers, yacht crew, Superyacht crew
  • Work-boat skippers
  • Harbour masters & Pilots
  • Fisherman

You can commercially endorse any of the following certificates:

  • RYA Powerboat level 2
  • RYA Advanced powerboat
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean, Offshore, Coastal (Power or Sail)
  • RYA Day Skipper (Power or Sail) but only combined with the shorebased modules.

Course overview:

If you work commercially on the water, then this is one of the courses required in order for you to obtain your RYA/MCA certificate of competence. If you're not sure whether this is a course you need, then please email us on info@marine-education.co.uk 


"If you hold an MCA Certificate of Competence as Officer of the Watch, Master 200, Master 500 or above you do not need to take the PPR course. Please send a copy of your MCA certificate with your application or renewal form for your commercial endorsement." - RYA website

Course Duration:

Approximately 3-8 hours, but this depends on you and your learning style. You DO NOT have to sit the course all in one go, you can leave and come back to the learning modules over a period of days or weeks. However please be aware that the exam section has to be completed in one go, this assessment is graded, split into 2 sections and totals a maximum of 2.5 hours. 



Whats involved?

This is an e-learning course, but your RYA instructor is on hand to provide as much support as you require predominately via email but we also offer Skype chats at pre-arranged times. 


The course is divided into training modules:

  • Vessel - the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures. 
  • People - the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels. 
  • Commercial environment - how you fit into the professional maritime world. 
  • Purpose - making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness. 

Once you have completed all four modules, there is a 'mock' exam you can take, or you can head straight for the final online assessment. 

Course fees & Booking:

PPR Course


  • Available

Whats included?

  • Online e-Learning PPR course & test
  • Practice tests
  • PPR certificate (self printing)
  • Support from one of our RYA instructors


You may wish to purchase the RYA Commerical regulations book - it is not a requirement but you may find it useful pre-reading. 

What happens now?

Once we have received your payment, we will create a login for you and email you the details, as soon as you've received these you can start your course on

How it works:

Once you've recieved a login information email from us, click HERE and login with the username & password we send you.

Carry out your online training course.

If you have any questions about the course content, simply email your instructor.

On successful completion of your course, print off your certificate.

Computer requirements & Technical support:

Minimum requirements:

  • Mac, PC, iPad
  • Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox with pop-ups enabled
  • JavaScript enabled in your web browser
  • Adobe flash player

PPR course modules will NOT run on Google Chrome, Safari or Internet explorer 64but version (use 32bit version). If you need to download a new web browser or adobe flashplayer, the links to do this are available within RYA interactive.

Technical support:

Please visit the Help page on the RYA Interactive site.

Recommended reading:

Boating Books

PPR assessment re-sit


  • Available

Need additional support? Contact your instructor:





Email your instructor to request a 'call back'

Useful downloads:

RYA PPR Resources ©RYA
PPR Resources.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 496.8 KB
Application for Commercial Endorsement
Comm End Application Form.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 56.4 KB
Commercial Endorsement revalidation form
CE Revalidation Form Word document-1.doc
Microsoft Word Document 63.0 KB