Are you a Yachtie planning to skip Master <500gt and go straight to Master <3000gt? Then read on...

The MCA announced in September '13 that they will now be enforcing MSN 1802 for all Master <3000gt NoE applications, and NoEs will be issued as laid out in the following MCA statement:

After 1st January 2014, any candidate applying for a Master (Yachts) <3000GT NoE MUST hold either a Master (Yachts) <500GT CoC or have passed all of the written examinations & short courses required for the issue of the Master (Yachts) <500GT CoC, as detailed in MSN 1802.

When attending the oral examination for Master (Yachts) <3000GT, candidates not already holding a Master (Yachts) <500GT CoC, but who were issued an NoE prior to 1st Jan 2014 without having all of the relevant written examinations & short courses for Master (Yachts) <500GT, must present all of the relevant certificates to the examiner conducting the oral exam. Failure to present all certificates at that time will be counted as an automatic fail.

In short this means that, from 1st January 2014, if you want to skip Master (Yachts) <500GT and go straight to Master (Yachts) <3000GT you must have all of your modules etc done before the MCA will issue your NoE. This has always been written in MSN 1802, and is not a new requirement.

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The MCA have been in consultation with JPMA and the National Workboat Association for the last 5 years to develop the new STCW Master (Workboats) <500gt CoC.

Captain Roger Towner of the MCA announced at Seawork on Tuesday 25th June 2013 that the M Notice was in production, and is now available online.

Click here to download MGN 496 and see the requirements for this CoC.

JPMA offer most of the courses needed for this CoC. Click hereThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

JPMA/Hoylake Sailing School are now an approved ELCAS training provider.

"The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) is an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years"

JPMA are offering a 15% discount on Oral Preparation course fees to all students who complete their modules with us.


The courses required to be eligible for this discount are as follows:

Master <200gt: RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased; RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical

OOW <3000gt: General Ship Knowledge; Navigation & Radar; Efficient Deckhand

Master <500gt or <3000gt: Business & Law; Stability; Seamanship & Meteorology

Y4: Auxiliary Equipment; Marine Diesel Engineering; Operationl Procedures & Basic Hotel Services

Y3: Statutory & Operational Procedures (if the candidate is taking the Y4/3 oral prep combined, all 4 modules apply)

Y2: Advanced Hotel Services; Applied Marine Engineering, General Engineering Science I & II


This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offered by JPMA, nor can it be offered retrospectively.

List of courses subject to change depending on current legislation & requirements.

Click here to see planned course dates. 

JPMA offers oral preparation courses for all levels of Deck and Engineering. Click here for more info about Oral Prep courses & prices.





The winners of our 15th Anniversary competition were drawn at Monaco Yacht Show, and they are as follows:

Winner of an iPod Touch -

Ryan Smith

Rhys Lovering

Winner of an iPod Shuffle -

Bree MacDonald

Ben Semmens

Tori Steinmeier

Burger Van Der Walt

Roy Deas

Congratulations to all!