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Professional Practices & Responsibilities (PPR)


This is a compulsory online course for new and revalidating RYA Commercial Endorsement holders applicable from April 2012. When working in a commercial capacity, you are a professional seafarer and you have a duty of care to crew, passengers, and other water users, and you will be held to account if things go wrong.

You can take this course anytime prior to your Commercial Endorsement application or renewal via our RYA Interactive page.

The course is broken down into four modules:

  • Commercial environment - showing how you fit into the professional maritime world.
  • People - explaining the importance of correct manning, keeping your skills up to date and the safe management of commercial vessels.
  • Vessel - teaching about the compulsory carriage and maintenance of safety equipment and how to create and implement risk control and operating procedures.
  • Purpose - making sure your vessel is suitable and legal for the work you are carrying out, your obligations in protecting the environment, appropriate planning and situational awareness.

Following the modules there is a mock assesment so you can check you are ready before moving on to the final graded online assesment. It should take around 6 to 8 hours to work through the four course modules. The graded end of course assesment is split into two sections, totalling 2 ½ hours. When you pass, you download and print your PPR certificate which will be vaild either for your first Commercial Endorsement application or your next renewal.

Exemptions from this course

If you hold an MCA Deck Officer's Certificate of Competence as Officer of the Watch, Master 200, Master 500 or above you do not need to take the PPR course. Just send a copy of your MCA certificate to the RYA with your application or renewal form for your commercial endorsement.

2020 Price
Online course £50.00 GBP per person
Course Details
Duration Approximately 6 to 8 hours plus 2 ½ hours graded assesment

Data Protection

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.

Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.

Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 6 months from the date of your course booking.

On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA's central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required. After one year from the date of your enrolment on the course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.

Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.