If you plan to use your RYA practical certificate* to work on the water as a skipper or crew member, you will need to get a commercial endorsement. Whatever vessel you intend to work on, be it a sailing vessel, work boat or passenger vessel for example, under maritime law you are a professional seafarer.

One of the pre-requisites for a commercial endorsement is the Professional Practices and Responsibilities (PPR) certificate. The online PPR course was developed by the RYA to give people an understanding of the legislation that applies in the commercial marine environment and their obligations as a professional skipper or crew member.

* Powerboat Level 2, Day Skipper, Advanced Powerboat, Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore/Ocean certificates are eligible for a commercial endorsement

None. This is an entry-level course, specifically for those people seeking a commercial endorsement on a practical RYA certificate.

Being an online course, you can work at your own pace. As a guide, the course will take approximately 6 – 8 hours to complete (including the assessment). From your initial login, you will have a maximum of 12 months to complete the course.

The course consists of 4 training modules. These are followed by a 2-part assessment at the end of the course, which takes a maximum of 2.5 hours.

Being an online course, you can complete the course from anywhere, using a suitable device (PC, Mac or tablet) with an internet connection.

  • Access to the RYA Interactive site, valid for one year
  • Remote support (by email or phone) from an experienced RYA Instructor
  • 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.

Once you have completed the four course modules, there is a mock assessment to prepare you for the final graded assessment. This can be done up to three times.

The final graded assessment is split into two parts- General Knowledge and Scenarios. This takes a maximum of 2.5 hours in total and you have two attempts. On successful completion of the assessment you can download and print your PDF certificate.

There is no course handbook but you may find ‘RYA Commercial Vessels – Small Vessels (G105)‘ a useful reference.


Being an online course, you can start at any time.

Once you have contacted us to an express an interest and paid for your booking, we will provide you with login details for the RYA Interactive site.

On successful completion of the course, you will have a sound understanding of the regulations that apply to small commercial vessels in the UK, with regards to their operating procedures, equipment and manning.

Your PPR certificate (downloaded and printed off) must be sent to the RYA as part of your commercial endorsement application.

Please contact us to book and pay for this course. On receipt of payment, we will provide you with joining instructions and login details for the RYA Interactive site.

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 12 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required.

After one year from the date of your enrolment on a course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.

For the duration of your access to the site, your data will be held in accordance with the RYA Interactive Data Policy, Terms and Conditions.