An online course for all RYA Commercial Endorsement holders



The course is broken down into four modules:

  • Commercial environment – how you fit into the professional maritime world.
  • People – the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
  • Vessel – the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures. ·
  • Purpose – making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness.

Following the modules there is a mock assessment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment. We estimate users will take around 6 to 8 hours to work through the four course modules. The graded end of course assessment is split into two sections, totalling 2 ½ hours. The RYA book “Commercial Regulations for small vessels” complements this course, and can be found in our online shop.

All new applicants for a commercially endorsed RYA Certificate of Competence must first pass the PPR course. Anyone renewing a commercially endorsed RYA Certificate of Competence must pass the PPR course prior to their next renewal date, if they haven’t already done so.

How to take the PPR course

The PPR course is run as an online course. When you book the course we will send you a user name and password for you to log in to the onoine system to access the course. You will have remote access to an instructor who will be on hand to help if you have any queries during the online course. A taster can be found below.

Minimum Computer Requirements for this course

Mac or PC with Adobe Flash Player and Javascript

iPad (iOS 6 or above)

Android Tablet (OS 4.1 or above) with Google Chrome