Originally Posted by Doug Stormforce
There is no oral to the stcw endorsement. It's simply a rubber stamping exercise following competition of the basic safety modules.
A YM with stcw is not however a master 200. I have come across a few CVs of yachtmasters who declare MCA Master 200 on their CV and then turn out to be a Yachtmaster CoC, they of course then look a bit daft.
Despite the fact they can in law do roughly the same job the Master 200 has clearly been examined to a higher level and is more employable for larger yachts, he also can be OOW on yachts up to 500 tonnes, and his cert is written into law in all IMO countries. The Yachtmaster is of course written into law in the UK but not in many other countries.
"The Yachtmaster is of course written into law in the UK"
Can you expand on which law that is pls.
Ref the Master 200 v RYA version, had this discussion with RYA & MCA some time ago.
RYA still claimed it was the same, MCA adamant it wasn't.