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Master of Yachts Limited(Power or Sail)

This module if fully approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)


The IYT Master of Yachts Limited 200 Ton course has become the most globally accepted course for the operation of commercial yachts up to 200 Tons. Recognition by 25 Governments has placed IYT MOY 200 Ton accreditation at the top as the global standard of certification.

What are the IYT Master of Yachts 200 Ton certificate's?

The IYT Master of Yachts courses may be taken at the professional level. The courses are designed to provide the highest standard of maritime education for the professional yachtsman and woman and for those who are serious about obtaining the best nautical qualifications available. They are ideal for those who greatly want to expand their knowledge and experience and increase their confidence in commanding a yacht. These courses are not for beginners, candidates will have to meet minimum requirements as outlined below.

If you wish to seek a career in professional yachting (also known as commercial use, which basically means getting paid to work on a yacht), you will also be required to complete five days of STCW Basic Safety Training along with your Master of Yachts certification. This is an international requirement as laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). The five day course covers Fire fighting, Sea Survival, First Aid and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities.

How many Master of Yachts courses are there?

There are three:
  • Master of Yachts Coastal for command of a Yacht up to 24 m (80')
  • Master of Yachts Limited 200 Tons for command of a Yacht up to 200 Tons, 150 miles Offshore
  • Master of Yachts Unlimited 200 Tons for command of a Yacht up to 200 Tons unlimited Oceans

What are the advantages of holding an IYT Master of Yachts Certificate?

  • The IYT Master of Yachts certificates are the most internationally recognised qualifications for yachting worldwide and are currently accepted for commercial use by 25 different Governments.
  • IYT Master of Yachts qualifications are recognised by marine insurance companies worldwide.
  • IYT Master of Yachts qualifications give the yachtsman and woman a much increased level of confidence in their ability to handle a yacht due to our intensive level of on the water training.
  • IYT Master of Yachts certificates are accepted by all major yacht charter companies.

What are the minimum entry requirements to complete the IYT Master of Yachts Limited Course?

There are no pre-requisite courses required.

However, candidates must provide documented evidence of boating experience as stated below:

1- Candidates must have logged 50 days on board a yacht at sea as an active crew member. For the purpose of this requirement, a day is defined as a period of 24 consecutive hours. Parts of a day may be included in this total, but a day is not invalidated by a candidate leaving the yacht for a few hours during a cruise. The term "at sea" is defined as being on a vessel outside of any harbor - natural or artificial - in which a cruising yacht could secure or anchor for a prolonged period of time.

2- Have logged 3,000 miles in a yacht while cruising at sea (power or sail). This mileage must be logged on genuine cruises or passages but not short day trips. At least 2,000 miles must have been completed on coastal voyages and not ocean crossings. It is important that the candidate has considerable time of actual vessel handling.

3- Thirty hours on watch at night underway as an active member of a yacht's crew. For at least six hours of this night time experience, the candidate must have been acting as the vessel's captain/watchleader. "Night," in this context, is defined as the time between sunset and sunrise.

4- A current medical examination and a colour blindness eyesight examination which allows the participant to safely perform the relevant duties on a yacht, including being able to see and distinguish lights and signals of other vessels and navigational marks in typical weather conditions without risk to him/herself, other crewmembers or the safe operation of the vessel.

Candidates may sit the shore-based course prior to having all the above requirements.

Verification of the above yachting experience must be original and signed by the skipper of the yacht in which the candidate was sailing. Candidates claiming sea time during times when they were acting as skipper may sign their own entries but independent verification mayl be required and checked by IYT.

What does the programme consist of?

The programme consists of three separate courses as outlined below. Each course stands alone and can be taken individually or together. They can be taken in any of our participating partner schools and it is not necessary to complete them all at the same time or at the same location if you do not wish to. However, it is recommended that all three courses be taken in as quick a succession as possible in order to retain as much information before the final on-board examination with an IYT examiner.

(A) A six day comprehensive high level shore based course with assessment papers and written examinations incorporating subjects including navigation, tidal calculations, international collision regulations, pilotage, meteorology, anchoring, berthing, buoyage, safety, passage planning, general ship knowledge and seamanship. Candidates are advised that a considerable amount of private study and varied cruising experience is required in addition to the formal instruction provided.

(B) A five day practical course which is conducted on board a yacht (either power or sail)covering seamanship skills such as nautical terminology, tides, ropework, anchors/anchoring, boat handling, docking, yacht presentation, general boating skills, weather, navigation, ability to command, situational awareness and passage planning. This will be a preparation course for your final IYT Master of Yachts Limited Examination.

(C) A 6 hour VHF Radio Operators course. This course covers the general rules and procedures for the safe operation of a VHF marine radio. This course will either be conducted on board the yacht or in the classroom prior to joining the practical course.

(D) The 5 day STCW Basic Safety Training courses consisting of:

A Personal Survival course

which in compliance with STCW '95 Code A - VI/1-2 and consists of one and a half day in a classroom covering subjects such as emergency situations, evacuation, survival craft and rescue boats, personal lifesaving appliances, survival at sea, emergency radio equipment and helicopter assistance. The remainder of the course is spent in a swimming pool performing an actual life raft inflation and inversion and the simulation of other abandon ship procedures. The theory and practical are both followed by a short written examination.

A Fire fighting and prevention course

which is in compliance with STCW '95 Code A - VI/1-2 including shipboard fire fighting organisation, the elements of fire and explosion, types of ignition, fire and smoke detection, breathing apparatus use and automatic alarm system familiarisation. Candidates will fight and extinguish actual fires using personal survival equipment, appliances methods and various agents. The course includes seminar and practical instruction taught by licensed and certified fire fighting professionals. It takes two days to complete and is followed by a short written examination.

A First Aid and CPR course

which in compliance with STCW '95 Code A - VI/1-2 and consists of approximately seven hours of theory and practical demonstration covering basic First Aid and CPR in marine situations. The course is followed by a short written examination.

A 4 hour Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities course

in compliance with the STCW '95 Code A - VI/1 - 2. The course covers safety on board a boat, types of emergencies, knowledge of shipboard plans, safe working practices and is followed by a short written examination.

What is required for my final Master of Yachts examination?

All of the courses and criteria must be fulfilled before a candidate may apply to take the final on-board examination.

What does the final exam consist of?

The final exam will be conducted by an independent IYT Master of Yachts examiner and takes the form of an extensive oral and practical test on a yacht (either power or sail). Candidates can expect to be examined on any subject covered by the syllabus of the shore based or practical courses and to be questioned on any aspect of their yachting experience to date.

In the event that the examiner considers an examinee not to have achieved the required standards and/or the candidates' ability as Captain does not reach the required standard, and/or the prerequisites have not been met for the IYT Master of Yachts Limited, a Master of Yachts Coastal Certificate may be issued in the interim. In this case, and if requested, a personal report will be sent to the candidate outlining the reason or reasons for failure and suggesting remedial action prior to re sitting the exam.Completion of the Master of Yachts Limited certification course is not a guarantee of passing the examination and receiving your certificate.

How do I apply for enrollment?

Candidates may apply to any of the participating IYT Partner Schools worldwide who offer this course.

In order to apply for the IYT Master of Yachts certification courses, a detailed yachting resume must be sent to your IYT partner training school for evaluation.

Acceptance onto the course does not automatically guarantee obtaining an IYT Master of Yachts certificate. All the prerequisites must be fulfilled and satisfactory standards achieved in all of the courses.

What certificates will I receive at the end of the entire course?

Those completing the IYT Master of Yachts Limited program will receive the following:

  • The IYT Master of Yachts Limited 200 Ton shore based certificate
  • VHF Radio Operators Certificate
  • Basic Sea Survival Certificate (S.T.C.W. 95)
  • Fire Fighting Certificate (S.T.C.W. 95)
  • First Aid Certificate (S.T.C.W. 95)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (S.T.C.W. 95)
  • M.C.A./ internationally recognised IYT Master of Yachts Limited Certificate of Competency.


The IYT Master of Yachts Offshore is recognised as dual certification by the US Coastguard. On completion the candidate may receive a 200 ton license PROVIDED they have the proper sea time to fulfill the U.S.C.G. requirements for Master of Vessels not more that 200Tons.

** For a USCG license, the entire course, including STCW modules must be taken at IYT Ft Lauderdale or selected USA IYT schools that have approval to offer the course and are USCG approved.In addition to the above Master of Yachts courses, two additional modules and examinations will need to be taken to satisfy US Coastguard requirements:

1- Six hours of basic Stability familiarising students with basic principles of ship construction stability and structural members.

2- Six hours of General Ships Knowledge covering Aids to navigation, Marlinspike seamanship and the USCG Codes of Federal Regulation's.

Courese Fees

Note : All Course Fees are Subject to Change Without Prior Notice

1,900 (USD) Practical
1,450 (USD) Theory