Crew member thriving at work and loving life

Couples without Maritime Licences

26 Years of age or older

The Selection Process for the



We are open to interviewing couple teams year round

Selection Process

Are you ready for a career shift and embark on an exciting journey with your partner? If you’re passionate about the sea and seeking a life change, this opportunity welcomes mature individuals who possess prior education and accomplishments in their previous profession to embark on a journey.

Yacht crew member standing on the aft deck of a catamaran

Take part in an advanced version of the apprenticeship programme, which will give you the foundational education and training, paving the way for your future success.

The concept is that since both you and your partner have previous experience in a professional environment and have lived in the ‘real world’, the program is designed to help you progress further as professionals in the yacht industry.

The first step to enrol in the and successfully complete an online e-learning course. Upon completing the online e-learning course, candidates will be handpicked based on a score mark above 90% and passing an interview. The E-learning programme is designed to give you in-depth knowledge of the entire operations of each department on a yacht. Knowing precisely what it takes to run a vessel will give you the foundation to become an industry leader and enjoy a successful long-term career. It is the only way you can get a job with us.

Once you have joined the program you will be trained and educated to be a leader on board a vessel and obtain the certifications offered within the apprenticeship.

It can take years to make a career change. But with our programme you can fast track that.

We are looking for people who want to invest and excel in their Maritime careers.

Crew that are not only passionate about their maritime career but want to eagerly pursue a professional career which surpasses the current industry standard.

We only interview candidates who have completed the Progressive Crew Career Programme E-Learning Package listed below because the results of this demonstrate that you are dedicated to pursuing a career in this industry.

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A comprehensive and subsidised E-learning Programme designed to give people aspiring to be crew on yachts a solid foundation and core knowledge to move towards having a professional career in the Luxury Yachting Industry.

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PCCP is supported and endorsed by Human Rights at Sea International – HRASi Logo

A human rights consultancy specialising in the maritime environment globally

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PCCP is affiliated with lighthouse careers – yacht crew recruitment agent

Crew Recruitment Agent

PCCP is supported by Xone Superyacht

Maritime Training Provider

PCCP is supported by Yachtmaster Ocean Sailing School

Maritime Training Provider

All Courses Below are Included in this
E-Learning Programme

Get instant access to all these online courses and earn the opportunity to be selected for a fully funded Luxury Yacht Apprenticeship.

Advantages and Opportunities

12 months unlimited access
Completion certificate
164+ lessons across 7 courses
Bonus reference materials
Employment Opportunity
Stream anytime, anywhere
Self-paced, online training
Get a step ahead of your peers

Successfully complete the E-Learning programme with a high aptitude score and get:

Ongoing Training

As an organisation we are passionate about supporting people to become the best they can be.

As we run an apprenticeship program, we understand the value of education and offer ongoing education programs and learning opportunities for crew

If you see yourself transitioning from a land-based job to a professional career at sea, the E-learning programme is designed to give a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of luxury yacht operations, enabling aspiring individuals new to the industry to make informed decisions about their career as well as provide a solid foundation and the core knowledge to move towards being a professional seafarer.

We want to break down the barrier of entry into the yacht industry and attract people like you who are serious about a yacht career.

Yacht crew on the deck of a luxury yacht securing the tender boat

The crew member will earn the following qualifications during the 3-year apprenticeship:

  • Food Safety & Hygiene Level 2 Course for Catering
  • Silver Service Certificate
  • PADI Open Water Diver Certificate
  • Yacht Rating Certificate
  • VHF Radio Operator Certificate
  • Approved Engine Course 1 (AEC 1)
  • Approved Engine Course 2 (AEC 2)
  • Master of Yacht Limited Certificate
  • Master of Yacht Unlimited Certificate
  • Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
Other Certificates Earned
  • Certificate of Competency in Safety
  • Certificate of Competency in Service & Galley
  • Certificate of Competency in Sailing, Navigation, Spars & Rigging
  • Certificate of Competency in Deck & Interior
  • Certificate of Competency in Engineering
  • Certificate of Competency in Guest Services
Deckhand poses for a picture while doing a washdown on a luxury yacht

The More You Learn, The More You Develop,

The More You Earn, The More You Give Back.

Is bigger really better when starting your career?

The allure of working on a “Super Yachts” and “Mega Yachts” exudes glamour, opulence, and the opportunity to cater to ultra-high net worth clients, which are the drawing cards for most newcomers to the industry. However, what is not often recognised is that there is limited opportunity for growth, or progression, as crew are most often compartmentalised to a specific role, and task within a department.
When it comes to starting a career, the notion of “bigger is better” is not always what is best for those who are serious about a professional career in the Luxury Yacht Industry. Starting on a smaller yacht provides a unique opportunity to gain comprehensive knowledge of the tasks and responsibilities in all departments.
On a smaller vessel, individuals are required to work across multiple departments and perform a variety of tasks, which allows for a well-rounded understanding of the requirements of the industry. The hands-on experience offered on smaller yachts enables candidates to develop a strong skill set and adaptability which, prepares them for future challenges in their career.
So, while bigger yachts may have more appeal, the all-round knowledge and experience acquired from starting on smaller yachts, can prove to be invaluable in the long term by providing the opportunity to excel in the industry much faster.
What is it like working on a small luxury yachting vs a superyacht
Take a tour of a small luxury yacht
Take a tour of a large luxury yacht

Know Your Industry Options – Learn More

If you are not sure about starting a long-term career in the Luxury Yacht Industry access the world’s most comprehensive and succinct career guidance tool here, and find out what to do, when to do it, and where to do it, at your own pace.

Click here to sign up today.

Testimonials from couples that work with us

Hear more about the career success from the people that have completed the programme.

We are beyond proud of all of the crew that have been a part of our team and all that they have achieved in their professional career.

The hard work and dedication they have put in to their education and training, is reflected in the mature accomplished seafarers they are today.

Congratulations on your incredible success, and how you have furthered yourself in the yachting industry and beyond.

Graduated Crew Couple Testimonial

How to get started

Superyacht Apprenticeship Program

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age limit for starting a career at sea in this position?
Age 26+ on the moment of starting. You will also need a valid biometric passport and pass the final test of the e-learning course.
Can you enrol and get placement if I do not have a partner?
These positions are only available for two people as a couple.
How long will it take to complete the training online if I am doing it part-time and working?
The system gives you 12 months to complete the course to allow people wanting to enter the industry plenty of time to learn the information and for those with other daily commitments. For industry professionals, it can be completed in 10 -14 days to complete with a high score.
What is the process after completing the online course modules?
After the completion of the course, your scores will be reviewed, and if successful, an interview will be arranged.
I need to give my employer notice – when would it be safe to do so?
It is best to complete the E-Learning Programme first, receive your score, and complete an interview.
How often will I be able to go home and visit my family?
All seafarers are entitled to 38 days of annual leave per year.
Is the Certificate internationally recognised?
The industry qualifications earned onboard are internationally recognised. On completion E-Learning, you will achieve a Certificate of Completion.
What documents should I provide if I am selected?
A valid biometric passport, additional documents and visas (if required)
Do I require any other certification if I am selected?
Yes, you have to obtain the following:
  • STCW (Basic Safety Training)
  • ENG1 (Medical Fitness Certificate)
Please visit Academy by Ephemeris to guide you if you want more information regarding the above.

Online Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the Certificate include all departments?
The E-learning programme was designed to give you in-depth knowledge of the entire operations of each department on a luxury yacht, to ensure you know precisely what it takes to run a vessel and to equip you with the knowledge for making an informed decision about entering the industry.
Can I get a job if I don’t complete the Certificate?
We only interview candidates who have successfully completed the E-Learning Programme. Click here to sign up today, by selecting Get all for $299 at the top of the page.
Can I cancel at any time?
Once you have purchased the course, it is non-refundable and is valid for 12 months.
What happens If I fail a course exam?
You have unlimited access to each module. If you take a course test and fail, you can still carry on with all the other modules. It is important to go over the courses as often as you need to ensure that you are confident to write the exam and pass it.
What are the minimum technical requirements to complete the courses?

You will need a good internet connection and a laptop, tablet or phone. Streams require a bandwidth of at least 5 Mbps, with a supporting browser like Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

  • All devices that run iOS 9 +
  • Those are:
  • All mobile devices from iPhone 4s +
  • All iPads from iPad 2 +
  • All iPad mini devices
  • All iPod touch devices of the 5th generation and higher.

All devices that run Android 5 +

Who can participate in the PCCP E-learning modules?
Any person of any age.