Advanced Powerboat Exam

The RYA/MCA Advanced Powerboat Exam is a practical test of skippering by day and night. It is an external exam run by an RYA Powerboat Trainer. Before you book your exam please check that you:

  1. can provide a boat (ours can be hired to use for the exam)
  2. have completed the required mileage and experience as skipper
  3. hold a VHF Radio Operators License or Short Range Certificate
  4. hold a valid first aid certificate
  5. have read the syllabus in RYA publication G20
  6. have read and comply with the pre-requisites above.

Exam pre-requisites

Minimum seatime
  • 2 years relevant experience including night pilotage.
  • As a guide 30 days, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles, 12 night hours.
  • If you hold an RYA Advanced Powerboat Course Completion Certificate the seatime is reduced to: 20 days, 2 days as skipper, 400 miles, 12 night hours.
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
Form of exam Practical
Minimum age 17
Certification required
Minimum exam duration 4 to 5 hours 2 candidates: 5 to 6 hours 3 candidates: 6 to 7 hours. No more than three candidates can be examined in one session.

Commercial Endorsing your Powerboat qualification

The Level 2 and the Advanced Powerboat (with the exam - see below) can be commercially endorsed.  Further information on the requirements and the forms required can be found here and here.

If you are unable to prove the requisite sea service but are able to demonstrate that during at least half of the five year period you have been employed on duties closely associated with the management and operation of one or more of the appropriate types of vessels, you may have your certificate considered for revalidation.