CAREERS IN PRIVATE ESTATES
Deckhands start with an STCW95 and an ENG1 (or equivalent seafarer medical). A Power Boat Level 2 tender driving licence (PBL2) is useful. The next step is to aim for an RYA Yacht Master Offshore. Continue taking qualifications in as you move up the ladder. You can decide later whether to work towards yachting or commercial qualifications.
The basic yachting engineering qualification is the AEC. Both deck and engineering qualifications require specific amounts of documented sea service before you can sit written and practical examinations. Note sea miles in a logbook available from the PYA. Engineers with qualifications from other countries can apply to the MCA for a Certificate of Equivalent Competency (CEC).
As well as existing professional qualifications, chefs must have the Food & Hygiene Level 2 certificate. The Ships Cook Certification is needed for commercially operated vessels with 10 or more crew.