Originally Posted by Hightower
I ran my RIB without a PBII course for years and ran a few motor boats years ago too without a licence.
And you still don't have a licence. A level 2 certificate indicates that you have had some basic instruction, to a formal syllabus (or have been assessed and found to have equivalent skills). No more, no less.
Originally Posted by Blackroady
I can see both sides to the 'qulaifications' debate, but does having PB2 does not make you immune form being stupid,making daft mistakes, or being ctaken by surprise by bad weather?
Of course it doesn't.
People who have a qualification and therefore think they know it all can be a problem to themselves and others. On the other hand, people who think they know it all and don't need any training can also be a problem to themselves and others.
Some people prefer to work things out themselves, and if they're not idiots then that's fine. There's plenty of information that they can read up on, and with a bit of care there's no reason why they shouldn't have a safe and enjoyable time without doing any courses.
However, if you're starting out then a couple of days of training will give you a good understanding of how things work and make it less likely that you will learn difficult lessons the hard way. The certificate just shows that you have done an standard course.
If you've got a bit more experience then you should be able to look at the course syllabus and decide whether you would benefit from the training. If you want a certificate for some reason (like to get an ICC or to frame and hang up over the mantlepiece) then you can do a direct assessment if you already have the skills and don't need to do the training course.
Training and qualifications are closely linked, but they're not the same thing.