Yacht Rating Certificate

Some vessels require crew to have a Yacht Rating Certificate as part of their safe manning requirements.

The PYA is authorized to issue Yacht Rating Certificates on behalf of the MCA. This can be done in person at the Head Office in Antibes or via email; if documents are sent by email they must be attested by a Captain or Officer and the CoC number must be included.


The charge is €80 for non-PYA members & €40 to PYA members. However, in the case of a seafarer joining the PYA as a full member, the YRC, if required at time of joining, would be included in their first year's membership fee of €175 . 

In order to qualify for a Yacht Rating, you must:

  1. Be at least 16 years of age;

  2. Demonstrate at least 6 months yacht service including 2 months sea service, all of which must be on vessels 15 metres and over in load line length;

  3. Complete the four elements of approved STCW basic training:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Code Ref A-VI/1-1), or RYA Basic Sea Survival;

  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW Code Ref A-VI/1-2);

  • Elementary First Aid (STCW Code Ref A-VI/1-3);

  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (STCW Code Ref AVI/1-4);

  1. Complete the Yacht Rating Training Record Book

The paperwork that needs to be submitted for the issue of a YRC is quite substantial so please ensure you read the information sheet carefully as this will help you to make the application correctly. 

Key documents for the Yacht Rating Certificate

What is required for the Yacht Rating Certificate (read this before completing the application form)

Yacht Rating Certificate Application form

Yacht Rating Certificate Testimonial

Yacht Rating Certificate Training Record Book

MCA Marine Guidance Note - Yacht Rating Certificates