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Assessment Invigilation and Commercial Endorsements
We are regularly asked by
students about for information about assessment
invigilation and Commercial Endorsements, so we put
together a question and answer page to help you
demystify the requirements.
To ensure that our
information remains current and completely up to date,
we communicate regularly with the RYA and are compliant
with their requirements. We cannot guarantee that other
online providers do the same, so please do check
directly with the RYA if you are unsure.
What is a Commercial Endorsement, do I need one and how do it arrange it?
A commercial endorsement will be required if
you intend to work onboard British flagged vessels which
are subject to the MCA's codes of practice for small
A number of additional training courses and
medical fitness certificates are required to be eligible
for a commercial endorsement.
For full information to check which
certificates may be commercially endorsed, details
concerning additional courses to be completed and
fitness certificates, Please use the following link to
the RYA website where the information appears in full:
What is assessment invigilation and who can conduct it?
In some cases, it is
necessary to arrange for an RYA Instructor to be present
throughout the assessment to verify that you haven't
received any outside assistance. This may be an RYA
Instructor of any level. However, to ensure legitimacy
we do take care to verify their credentials and will
require sight of their qualification for our records.
When is invigilation required, do I really need it?
In most cases, invigilation
of the final theory assessment is not necessary and is
completely optional. We have summarised this for you
Invigilation is not required:
If you are going to be using the
qualification for leisure purposes (flotilla, charter,
own boat cruising etc).
Invigilation will be
If you wish to enter MCA large
yacht qualifications such as Officer of the Watch or
Master 3000 all of your theory assessments must be
If you intend to Skipper vessels of over 200GT
If you intend to
use your RYA Day Skipper Certificate or Competence for
commercial purposes such as sea angling or commercial
dive-boat operations within the UK you will require a
professional endorsement to a Day Skipper Certificate of
Competence. This will enable you to skipper a small
commercial vessel. If your Day Skipper shorebased exam
is invigilated by an RYA Instructor you will be able to
operate up to 12 mile limit from the vessel's home port.
If your theory exam has not been invigilated, operation
will be authorised for a 3 mile limit from the vessel's
If you will be
taking the Ocean Yachtmaster
oral examination, the invigilation of the shorebased
assessment is optional. However, if you choose not to
have your assessment invigilated, the Examiner may ask
you to complete a further theory paper during your oral
How can invigilation be
Please don't hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.Please note: At their discretion the Training Centre may charge a fee for the invigilation service.
We will help you get the qualification you need.