FAQ and Knowledge Base

Please visit our Knowledge Base for in-depth answers to frequently asked questions, and below is some helpful information on recreational yacht training.

WHAT MAKES IYT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER YACHTING ORGANISATIONS?

Unlike other recreational yachting organisations such as the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or Yachting Australia (YA) or the American Sailing Association (ASA), IYT is a professional yachting organisation that is run by professional mariners for professional mariners and we issue professional yachting certificates (where applicable). No other organisation offers training on a global scale with more courses in more countries, in more languages through more schools and with more Government approvals than IYT.

CAN CANDIDATES DO THE THEORY COURSES DURING THE WINTER SEASONS AND THE PRACTICAL COURSES WHEN THE WEATHER IS MORE FAVOURABLE?

Yes, they can. Countries with colder winter climates tend to teach the theory courses in the evenings and weekends and the practical courses during the summer months, often undertaken with IYT partner schools that operate in warmer climates such as the Caribbean or Mediterranean.

CAN CANDIDATES GO TO ANY IYT LICENSED SCHOOL TO CONTINUE THEIR STUDIES?

Yes, the beauty of the IYT International Boating and Sailing Passport programme allows candidates to go to any IYT licensed school anywhere in the world to continue their certification.

WHO ARE THE MCA AND WHAT ROLE DO THEY PLAY IN PROFESSIONAL YACHTING?

The MCA is the British "Maritime and Coastguard Agency". They were the first organisation in the world to recognise "Professional Yachting" as a career and have put in place a series of Professional Yachting qualifications for both deck and engineering that have become the de facto world standards which includes the IYT Master of Yachts qualifications.

WHAT DOES STCW STAND FOR?

STCW stands for the "Standards of Training and Certification for Watchkeepers" and are global nautical training standards that are set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). All countries that are members of the IMO (currently167) are required to comply with their training standards.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY SCHOOL IS AUTHORISED OR NOT?

Because IYT Worldwide is the internationally accredited global leader and most trusted standard in yacht training and certification, there exist a number of unauthorised yacht training schools and instructors who claim to be affiliated and authorised IYT Worldwide partners while, in fact, they are not.

Please be aware that any school not included on our website does not meet the standards and certification requirements of IYT Worldwide. If you are ever concerned that your school or instructor may be unauthorised, please check our list of authorised IYT Worldwide schools & instructors or contact us to confirm their status.

HOW LONG DO CANDIDATES HAVE TO SUBMIT ALL PAPERWORK AFTER COMPLETING THE MASTER OF YACHTS COASTAL/MATE COURSE?

  • All available paperwork for each candidate must be submitted to IYT Worldwide by the school within one month of completing the course, this to include, ALL EXAMS (PASS OR FAIL), STCW certificates, radio certificate, medical fitness certificate, seatime, and photo. School will advise you of necessary documents.
  • If any documents are missing, the candidate will have twelve months to produce any missing paperwork. This paperwork should be forwarded to IYT Worldwide by the candidate. This does not include exams as they should NEVER be given to a student.
  • In the event that the all of the required paperwork for final certification is not completed and submitted within this 12 month timeframe the entire course must be completely retaken.

HOW LONG DO CANDIDATES HAVE TO SUBMIT ALL PAPERWORK AFTER COMPLETING THE MASTER OF YACHTS LIMITED THEORY COURSE?

  • All available paperwork for each candidate must be submitted to IYT Worldwide by the school within one month of completing the course, this to include, ALL EXAMS (PASS OR FAIL), STCW certificates, radio certificate, medical fitness certificate, seatime, and photo.
  • Each candidate must successfully complete all theory modules before proceeding to the practical course.
  • If a candidate fails an exam for any of the above theory modules, and timing does not allow theory exam resits to be completed before the practical course, he/she will have 30 days from the end of the practical course to pass the theory exam resits.
  • If a candidate fails a theory exam more than once or fails to pass a resit within the 30 days, he/she will have to resit the entire theory and practical course.

HOW LONG DO CANDIDATES HAVE TO SUBMIT ALL PAPERWORK AFTER COMPLETING THE MASTER OF YACHTS LIMITED PRACTICAL COURSE?

  • All available paperwork for each candidate must be submitted to IYT Worldwide by the school within one month of completing the practical course.
  • If any documents are missing, the candidate will have twelve months to produce any missing paperwork. This paperwork should be forwarded to IYT Worldwide by the candidate. This does not include exams as they should NEVER be given to a student.
  • In the event that the all of the required paperwork for final certification is not completed and submitted within this 12 month timeframe the entire course must be completely retaken.

HOW LONG DO CANDIDATES HAVE TO SUBMIT ALL PAPERWORK AFTER COMPLETING THE MASTER OF YACHTS UNLIMITED COURSE?

  • Unlimited candidates must hold an IYT Master of Yachts Limited certificate.
  • All available paperwork for each candidate must be submitted to IYT Worldwide by the school within one month of completing the course, this to include, exams, medical fitness certificate, seatime, and photo. School will advise you of necessary documents.
  • If any documents are missing, the candidate will have twelve months to produce any missing paperwork. This paperwork should be forwarded to IYT Worldwide by the candidate. This does not include exams as they should NEVER be given to a student.
  • In the event that the paperwork is not completed and submitted within this 12 month timeframe the candidate will be required to resit the entire course

HOW MUCH TIME DO CANDIDATES HAVE TO COMPLETE BOTH MASTER OF YACHTS THEORY AND PRACTICAL COURSES?

Theory and final practical courses/exams must be successfully completed within a 12 month timespan and all paperwork submitted or the candidate will have to retake both the theory and practical courses in their entirety.

HOW DO I GET MY IYT MASTER OF YACHTS 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.

CAN I USE THE AMERICAN SAILING ASSOCIATION ā€œINTERNATIONAL PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATEā€ TO CHARTER IN EUROPE ?

The "International Proficiency Certificate" issued by the American Sailing Association is not the same as the "International Certificate of Competency (ICC) " that is issued by International Yacht Training (IYT) and is required by law to charter or operate a vessel in certain European Countries. While the ASA certificate may be accepted by certain "yacht charter companies" this does not mean that it is accepted by the various Marine Police Forces, and fines may be incurred or boats impounded for those who do not hold a proper ICC issued by an approved issuing authority such as IYT.
There are a number of organisations that are issuing certificates "implying " that are accepted for chartering in Europe but this is often not the case.

For information on how to obtain an ICC and for a full list of the countries that require an ICC please visit our ICC Page