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Old 11 March 2017, 08:41   #1
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Hello from Dublin Ireland. I hold RYA advanced Powerboat, VHF and STCW 95.
I'm seeking work in Ireland of the UK. Can someone tell me if my qualifications from Ireland can be used to get a commercial endorsement in the U.K.? And would I need all the Certs individually endorsed? I know I need a medical + a first aid course first and I'll go for ISA endorsement but will that benefit me in the UK? Thanks.
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Old 11 March 2017, 09:16   #2
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Hello from Dublin Ireland. I hold RYA advanced Powerboat, VHF and STCW 95.
I'm seeking work in Ireland of the UK. Can someone tell me if my qualifications from Ireland can be used to get a commercial endorsement in the U.K.? And would I need all the Certs individually endorsed? I know I need a medical + a first aid course first and I'll go for ISA endorsement but will that benefit me in the UK? Thanks.
Hi johmmaggie11 - welcome to RIBnet,

I have done (in 2013) what you are contemplating and am currently commercially endorsed in the UK and Ireland.

It helps to not equate the two systems - they are parallel and officially not interchangeable - however there are linkages and you are well positioned to go commercial in both jurisdictions.

Let's consider the ISA first - you will need to provide them with:
  1. Your RYA Advanced cert
  2. A (their) joke medical signoff page from your quack
  3. Your STCW-95 Basic First Aid and Sea Survival
  4. Money
IN return they will issue you with an Irish DOT commercial endorsement. This can only be used in Ireland (Sud )

UK is a whole other bucket of frogs:
  1. You will need to sit a Commercial Endorsement course and afloat Exam to add commercial to your RYA Advanced.
  2. They will want a REAL medical and this can only be signed off by a quack registered by the British Medical Council, IIRC.
  3. They'll want all the First Aid and Sea Survival stuff.
  4. You'll have to do the online RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities exam.
  5. Money.
You can't use this qualification in Ireland.

All in all, it's a joy filled process
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So it will cost you between 3 & 4 hundred British Pounds and a great deal of patience! PPR is online and my advice would be to do it with the same centre as your commercial endorsement Course and exam. Good luck
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Seems a lot to do for the UK one.
Well I suppose 1st things 1st so I'll push on with getting the ISA one. Thanks for all this info. I really appreciate it. John.
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I don't know anything about the ISA, however I've had an RYA commercial endorsement for the last ten years or so and have worked in lots of different environments with it in lots of different countries. If you're planning to do work anywhere other than locally, a commercially endorsed RYA ticket (which gives you an MCA certificate of competence) is one of the most widely recognised tickets out there.
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Thank you Tim M. I'm still thinking of sorting this out.
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