Small Powerboat and Rib Master (MCA Approved)

Small Powerboat & RIB Master Training - MCA Approved

The IYT Small Powerboat & RIB Master certificates do not require a commercial endorsement because they are commercial certificates.


  • Covers vessels up to 15m
  • Operation in coastal regions - in sight of land
  • Driven by outboard or inboard motors
  • In fair weather
  • No horsepower limitations

Course Outline

This three day course covers two days of theory and one day of practical boat handling including:

  • Safety at sea
  • VHF Radio operations
  • Small powerboats and rigid inflatable boats
  • Launching and recovery
  • Anchors and anchoring
  • Nautical terminology
  • Boat handling under power
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Ropes and rope-work
  • Basic rules of the road (collision regulations)
  • Glossary of terms

How do I get my Small Powerboat & Rib Master certificate commercially endorsed?

The IYT "Master of Yachts" and the IYT "Small Powerboat & RIB Master" certificates do not require a "commercial endorsement" because they are commercial certificates.
The MCA has recognised 3 levels of IYT Master of Yachts Certificates and the Small Powerboat and RIB Master Certificate as being "Commercial" in their own right. They are:

  • Master of Yachts Coastal/Mate 200 gross tons and Master for vessels <24 m
  • Master of Yachts Limited <200 gross tons
  • Master of Yachts Unlimited <200 gross tons
  • Small Powerboat and RIB Master

The "Yachtmaster" certificates issued by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) are recreational certificates and these certificates do require a "commercial endorsement" if one wishes to work commercially.

Should you wish to confirm this information please contact the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Seafarers Standard Branch +44 (0)23 8032 9100 -Deck Department.

Next Steps

As a professional in the yacht industry you are required to update and learn new skills on a regular basis. As you move up the chain of command or look for new opportunities your qualifications are essential.

IYT plays a leading role in your professional training with over 250 + schools in 40+ countries around the world.  We facilitate theoretical and practical training with the following conditions;

  1. Elearning preparatory course
  2. ISO 9001:2008 Standards (BSI)
  3. Leading Government Approvals
  4. Leading International Certificate Acceptance

View our course progression for an understanding of what is possible when you train professionally with IYT.