Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR)
The PPR course is a mandatory course for all skippers seeking Commercial Endorsement for the first time and all existing skippers at their revalidation.
Being a Commercially Endorsed Skipper carries with it many responsibilities and a need to understand a wide variety of areas such as the equipment needed on a vessel, the qualifications of crew you will employ and what your qualification allows you to do.
Each year thousands of people apply to the RYA for a commercial endorsement in order to use their RYA qualifications professionally either as skipper or crew. This involves anything from delivering a new yacht, running a super-yacht or driving a work boat with lifting and towing gear. Whatever your job is onboard, in the commercial world you are a professional seafarer. Therefore, you have a duty of care to crew, passengers and other water users and you will be held to account if things go wrong.
In conjunction with the MCA, the RYA created the Professional Practices and Responsibilities online course.
The course is designed to give you a better understanding of the regulations and guidelines under which you are governed to allow you to operate safely, confidently and within the law as a commercial skipper or crew member.
Watch the video below to get a better idea.
The course is broken down into four modules:
1. Commercial Environment – how you fit into the professional maritime world.
2. People – the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
3. Vessel – the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures.
4. 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 if you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assessment. The course takes around 6 to 8 hours to complete. The graded end of course assessment is split into two sections, totaling 2 hours.
How to take the PPR course
The PPR course can only be completed online and once you have booked with us we will send you your username and password to start online training.