Everything you need to know about yacht crew qualifications for newcomers to the superyacht industry
The specific qualifications required will depend on whether you are looking for a career in the deck, interior or engineering department.
The common certificate required in all fields is the Basic STCW 95 and comprises four modules certificate. Superyacht recruitment agencies cannot find you work unless you have this basic certificate. Yachts over 500 ft, which are commercially registered, also require for all crew to have done a Security Awareness Training for which a certificate is delivered.
Once you are working on board the yacht, in whichever capacity, your captain and or Head of department will be able to advise you and guide you on further certificates you can take to go up the career ladder.
It is likely that you will have skills to bring to the table which are transferable to the yachting industry.
We all had to start somewhere, so don’t be shy; in yachting a positive personality and hardworking attitude can go a long way.