Passenger Boat Licence (Commercial Endorsement)
The Commercial Endorsement qualifies you to act as master or crew on vessels holding Passenger Boat licences as required
by the Department of Transport. The Endorsement issued by Irish Sailing on behalf of the Minister can be issued
on foot of a range of Irish Sailing and DOT qualifications
The Commercial Endorsement is issued by Irish Sailing on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.
It is a credit card type certificate that must be carried by Masters whenever they are in charge of a licensed passenger
boat. Masters of all vessels holding Passenger Boat licences are required to have certification indicating an appropriate
degree of personal competency.
This certification must be in the form of one of the certificates listed below along with the appropriate “Commercial
Endorsement” issued by Irish Sailing. In some instances crew may also need to hold certification.
- National Powerboat Certificate
- Advanced Powerboat Certificate
- Yachtmaster Certification (Motor/Sail) for either Coastal, Offshore or Ocean
- Day Skipper Certificates (Motor/Sail)
- Certificates issued by the Maritime Directorate
- Inland waterways Skippers Certification
The type of certificate and category of Commercial Endorsement, required by the Master varies according to the type of
passenger boat licence the vessel holds. Details on the ISA Certificates listed above, and the training and assessment
leading to the award of these certificates, may be obtained by contacting the Irish SailingOffice (01 2800239) or
your nearest Irish SailingTraining Centre.
Masters holding the appropriate Irish Sailing certificate may obtain the Commercial Endorsements by applying to Irish
Sailingusing the Application Form (below) and enclosing any additional certification required (see below) as well
as proof of identity and a passport photograph.
Please note First Aid Certificates must be issued by an STCW-95 approved course provider under STCW 78/95 as listed by
The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
In future, holders of either of the following First Aid certificates will also be accepted as meeting the requirements:
- FETAC Level 5 Occupational First Aid
- Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Emergency First Response.
The above First Aid training requirements will apply to commercial endorsements issued under categories A and B.
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