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RYA Training

Master 200

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What is the Master 200grt?

The Master 200gt certificate of competency is the most junior of the professional certificates overseen by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the RYA and is a completely different examination experience. Some say that it is very similar to the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course, this is not strictly true, the contents of the yachtmaster offshore represents only around 60% of the Master 200 syllabus and the examination format is totally different.

There are two versions of the Master 200 certificate of competency, limited and unlimited. The 200 limited will allow operations up to 150 miles from a safe haven whereas the unlimited will permit operations on a world wide basis. We would recommend taking the limited first, this can then be upgraded to unlimited at a later stage by simply rubber stamping once the RYA Yachtmaster ocean theory and practical have been gained.

Why do I need the Master 200?

The commercially endorsed RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competency will enable you to skipper a UK vessel of up to 200grt, the same as the Master 200, so why should you bother with taking the Master 200?

1. The Master 200 Certificate of competency is legally recognised by more countries outside the UK than the Yachtmaster Qualification.

2. The holder of a Master 200 is also qualified as Officer of the Watch (OOW) on vessels up to 500 grt.

3. It is recognised that the holder of a Master 200 would have had a considerable amount of additional training at Master level.  The holder is therefore a step above those holding a Yachmaster Certificate of Competence and ultimately more employable, particularly with those companies operating outside the UK. The Master 200 Certificate of Competency is also a good lead examination for those seeking higher MCA qualifications.

What do I need to qualify me for the Master 200 Limited examination?

1. MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence (commercially endorsed by the RYA)

2. RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper Offshore theory certificate

3. STCW - Personal Survival Techniques

4. STCW - Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention

5. STCW - Elementary First Aid

6. STCW - Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

7. A GMDSS Restricted operators Certificate (ROC)

8. Helm course certificate (operational only)

9. MCA Notice of Eligibility

Should you be missing any of the above, apart from the Notice of Eligibility, then speak to us. We have arrangements in place to help you gain your STCW qualifications, your Helm course and your GMDSS Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC). As a recognised RYA Training centre we can offer you various options to gain your Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper offshore theory certificate and also to prepare you for taking the Offshore certificate of competency.

The Notice of Eligibility application has to be completed and sent to the MCA together with the fees for the Master 200 examination. Once checked and approved a Notice of Eligibility will be issued to you that is valid for five years and can be used at any MCA Examination Centre throughout the country. We will provide the Notice of Eligibility documentation and assist in the completion to ensure that all is correct prior to submission to the MCA.

Master 200/OOW500  Examination Syllabus.

Collision Regulations.                                             Minimum Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper offshore course standard

Navigation and Chartwork.                                     Minimum Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper offshore course standard

Voyage planning                                                      Minimum Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper offshore course standard

The following subjects will be either completely new or covered very basically within the Yachtmaster offshore Theory Course.

Emergency response.

Use of Radar


Shipmaster business and law

Salvage rules

Pollution control

MCA codes of practice for small commercial vessels and large yachts

Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen

Master 200 grt and Officer of the Watch 500 grt

Certificate of Competency

Who will conduct the course and how will it be structured?

The course will be run on a 1 to 1 or a 1 to 2 basis with two students as the maximum. The course will be conducted by  an MCA qualified Master Mariner who is also an RYA theory course instructor to Yachtmaster Ocean level. The instructor has hands on experience of MCA oral examination procedures and has been teaching and training maritime personnel for many years.

The course is structured to allow for revision of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore course on the first day and correcting any deficiencies up to Master 200 level. The next two days will be spent studying the remainder of the syllabus, the final day will be utilised as a simulated examination ensuring that each student becomes familiar with the fully oral exam scenario and is able to successfully demonstrate his or her knowledge of the subjects involved.


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RYA Training

Master 200

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