Essential Yacht Qualifications and Certifications Needed to Work as Crew

Whether you are starting out in the yachting industry as part of a yacht crew, or you are an experienced yachtie, it is important that you get, and keep, your yacht qualifications and yacht certifications up to date. Read on for more information on the qualifications and certificates required to work on a yacht.

Essential Yacht Qualifications Required by Crew

All crew who want to work on a yacht must have STCW Basic Safety Training along with a recognised seafarer medical certificate, such as the ENG1, regardless of their role onboard.

1. STCW Basic Safety Training Yacht Certificate

The STCW yacht qualification is essential, and a yacht recruiter cannot start to find you work without this basic yacht certificate.

The STCW Basic Safety Training yacht qualification comprises five modules which take five days to complete. The modules are personal survival, firefighting, first aid and CPR, personal safety and social responsibility, and proficiency in security awareness. The course is offered by all reputable crew-training providers.

Learn more about the STCW Basic Safety Training certificate.

2. A Seafarer Medical Certificate

A seafarer medical certificate is also mandatory for anyone hoping to get a job on a yacht.

  • ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate

    The most popular and widely recognised of the available seafarer medical certificates is the ENG1. This yacht certificate is granted by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency and proves that you meet the minimum standards of health and fitness required to work onboard a yacht or ship.

    Learn about the ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate.

  • Alternative Yacht Certificates of Medical Fitness

    In addition to the popular ENG1 Seafarer Medical Certificate are a number of alternative yacht qualifications that are accepted.

    Learn about alternative Certificates of Medical Fitness for Seafarers here.


I Already Have My Essential Yacht Certificates, What Next?

If you already have your essential yacht crew certificates, then there are a wide range of further yacht training courses you can look to get to help you to get ahead in your yachting career. From advanced STCW training courses to department-specific courses, such as the GUEST or WSET courses for Stews and Stewardesses to PADI Divemaster courses for the deck crew, there is sure to be a course that will help you to stand out above the crowd of other candidates.

Check out our Superyacht Training Guide to learn about recommended yacht training courses to help you to get or further your yachting career.