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The Selection Process for the


- for Newcomers who are serious about having a career in the luxury maritime industry

There are 2 intakes yearly - In January and July.

Yacht crew members skillfully operate a line of tender boats across the ocean

The apprenticeship programme is designed for newcomers without prior experience who are seeking a career in the yachting industry. It is vitally essential for these individuals, also referred to as ‘greenies,’ to acquire the necessary core skill sets and knowledge to become valuable assets to both vessels and the industry.

The apprenticeship programme aims to give back to the industry by supporting newcomers in gaining in-depth knowledge and skill sets across all departments. It teaches the importance of upholding a standard of excellence when completing tasks, taking pride in their work and the leadership skills to help navigate life.

The first step to be considered for the Apprenticeship programme, is to sign up and successfully complete the Progressive Crew Career Programme online e-learning courses. Upon completing the online e-learning courses, candidates will be handpicked twice yearly based on a score mark above 90% and passing a series of interviews.

The E-learning programme is designed to give a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of luxury yacht operations, enabling individuals new to the industry to make informed decisions about their career and the role they may be best suited to, as well as provide a solid foundation and the core knowledge to move towards having a professional career.

3 Year Apprenticeship Programme for newcomers who are serious about having a career in the Luxury Maritime Industry

The first step to stand a chance to be considered for the Apprenticeship programme, is to sign up and successfully complete the Progressive Crew Career Programme online e-learning courses. Upon completing the online e-learning courses, candidates will be handpicked twice yearly based on a score mark above 90% and passing a series of interviews.

You have to be in it to win it.

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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.

Supported and endorsed by:

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

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

Completing the E-Learning course unlocks extraordinary opportunities that can launch your career:

Apprenticeship Programme Opportunity

Fully paid 3-year Luxury Yacht Apprenticeship valued at over €118,000

Superyacht Apprenticeship Program

Fast track a career in the Luxury Yacht Industry which will put your education and financial status well ahead of your peers. Achieve the certificates and required sea miles, open water sailing and guest services experience, and the opportunity of being in command, while earning a salary.


The crew member will earn the following qualifications during the apprenticeship:

  • Food Safety & Hygiene Level 2 Course for Catering
  • Superyacht Hospitality Certificate
  • PADI Open Water Diver Certificate
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certificate
  • PADI Rescue Diver Certificate
  • Short Range Certificate VHF Radio Operator
  • Power Boat Level 2
  • Approved Engine Course 1
  • Approved Engine Course 2
  • Master of Yacht Limited Certificate
  • Master of Yacht Unlimited Certificate
  • Efficient Deckhand (EDH)
  • 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 chamoising a superyacht

Completion Certificate

For your CV & Crew Agents

With a completion certificate from PCCP, newcomers demonstrate to Crew Agents that they have given a lot of consideration and thought to joining the industry and which job role they would be best suited to. PCCP is working with the Crew Agent community to promote participants who have completed the PCCP E-Learning, providing access to a broader range of career opportunities.

Superyacht Apprenticeship Program

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.

Graduated Crew Testimonials

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.

How to get started

Superyacht Apprenticeship Program

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Completion Certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Certificate internationally recognised?
  1. If you do the online E-Learning and achieve the Fully Paid 3-Year Luxury Yacht Apprenticeship: all qualifications are internationally recognised.
  2. If you do the online E-Learning and achieve the Completion Certificate recognised by the Crew Agents: the Crew Agents we promote you to are international and specialise in placing crew on yachts around the world.
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?
If you fail to complete the online certificate, you can access the world’s most comprehensive and succinct career guidance tool and find out what to do, when to do it, and where to do it, at your own pace. To find out more Click here to sign up today.
Can I get a job once I have completed the E-Learning and obtained the Completion Certificate?
If you have completed the certification, there are three avenues available to you:
  1. The opportunity to be selected for the 3-Year Apprenticeship Program with employment on a yacht and a salary.
  2. The opportunity to participate in the Safe Passage to the Industry Programme.
  3. The opportunity to send your Completion Certificate to a Crew Agent who will assist you in finding a job once you have obtained 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.
What if I do not complete all the courses in 12 months?
If you do not complete the course within 12 months of enrolling. You purchase the course again and are welcome to do it as many times as you like, within the next 12 months.
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 +
I passed the PCCP E-Learning bundle but am not happy with my overall score. Can I retake the course?
You can redo the course package as many times as you want. Our goal is to attract determined, hardworking people to this industry. But, first, you must repurchase the E-Learning bundle to redo and improve your overall score. Courses cannot be individually purchased and completed.
Who can participate in the PCCP E-learning modules?
Any person of any age.

3-year Apprenticeship Programme

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Apprenticeship programme?
The Apprenticeship Programme is a fully funded 3-year Luxury Yacht Apprenticeship valued at over $118,000. This opportunity offers hands-on learning and immersion in the world of luxury yachting. This apprenticeship is sponsored by Meridian Adventure Limited.
Who can participate in the Apprenticeship Programme?
Any person who is 18 years of age at the time of being selected. You will also need a valid biometric passport and must have passed the E-learning programme with a high score.
What is the selection process for the Apprenticeship Programme?
Students who obtain 90% and above will stand a chance to qualify. The number of times it took you to complete the course and how long it took you will also be considered.
Once you have been shortlisted, you will go through a series of interviews online, and in person before being selected.
How many times yearly and when are the winners chosen?
The winners are chosen twice yearly, at the end of January and July.
What is covered by the Apprenticeship programme?
The apprenticeship includes all education material and associated training costs to achieve the standards and qualifications set. You will be provided with flights to the training location/s and assisted with any required visa/s and associated expenses. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will be accommodated on board a training vessel or in designated single ensuite crew accommodation ashore and provided with industry-standard food, beverages, and toiletries. In addition, you will be provided with industry-standard personal medical insurance in addition to your monthly salary.
What is NOT covered by the Apprenticeship programme?
Throughout the Apprenticeship, you will be responsible for your own personal expenses and any additional training courses you may choose to undertake above and beyond the Apprenticeship. Any additional flights outside your contractual allowance and visa/s for locations where you are not required to travel to under the programme. Along with any additional medical cover, you may choose to subscribe to above and beyond the industry standard.
Will I get a salary during the Apprenticeship programme?
Yes, you will be paid a salary. Any salary increases over the duration of the programme will be considered based on your performance appraisals.
Will I get a job after the Apprenticeship Programme?
You have a greatly enhanced opportunity to find employment once you have completed the 3-Year Apprenticeship Program. For the duration of the 3-year apprenticeship, you will also be fully employed.

Completion Certificate Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Completion Certificate and how does it help me?
Achieving the Completion Certificate demonstrates to Crew Agents that you have given a lot of consideration and thought to joining the industry and which job role you are best suited to, and the PCCP team will promote you to participating and MLC compliant Crew Agents.
How do Crew Agents help me?
The Crew Agents will assist you with getting your career started, by guiding you to ensure you have all the correct documents/certificates and training to start a successful career, and by putting you forward for employment opportunities.
Can Crew Agents charge me a fee for finding me a job?
No, Crew Agents are regulated by the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) which mandates that crew cannot be charged any fees by Crew Agents.