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As a career coach to many aspiring Pursers in the yachting industry, I found that there was a need to create a theoretical and practical Yacht Purser Course that would ensure that first-time Pursers have the skills and experience they need to land their first Purser role. The largest barrier to entry into the Purser role is that Captains do not want to 'babysit' new Pursers or risk that someone does not have the right skills to perform their duties to a high level.

The Purser is integral to the smooth operation of the vessel from both a logistical and operational aspect. It is imperative that crew who have never held this position understand the complexities involved in this challenging yet highly rewarding career. The assignments have been created to ensure that the course is not a long 'to-do' list but rather engages the student in a way that they would be onboard. 

Delivery of Course

This course is intended to be taken slowly in your own time in modules so that you can completely master each module before moving to the next. Modules are delivered in a password protected PDF.

You will receive a 90-minute group Zoom call with your trainer each week to ensure you understand the content, to confirm your identity and answer any questions you may have. Additional course material is also covered in the call. Should you not be able to attend the scheduled call, it will be recorded and uploaded for you to watch at a later date.



You will have 6 months from the commencement of the course to complete the assignments.


Not every module has an assignment due to the nature of the course. If you have already completed a Purser course and you wish to complete the practical assignments please send an email to info@theyachtpurser.com to discuss pricing for each assignment.


These are set to ensure you have the requisite experience and necessary skills to be successful in applying for Purser roles following the course. Basic Excel, MS Office, and mathematical ability, as well as common sense, are the essential skills needed to perform a Purser function on board. If you are not somewhat computer literate it is recommended to take an Excel course before commencing this training.

  • Two-years experience working onboard yachts over 60m 


  • One-year of experience working on cruise ships as a purser



The price for all 8 modules is 2,999 EUR or 500 EUR individually.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place with the balance due the day before the course starts. 

There are several payment methods available. Please get in touch via email info@theyachtpurser.com​.


Due to the digital nature of the course refunds are not possible. 


All assignments must be completed and passed as well as on oral examination passed via Zoom for a certificate to be issued.

2020 Course Dates

15 January 2020

26 February 2020

1 April 2020

1 May 202000


Please submit your CV to info@theyachtpurser.com to find out if you are eligible to apply. 

MODULE 1 | The Role of the Purser | Leadership

  • Yacht Organisational Structure

  • Purser Job Description

    • Accounting Practices

    • Port Clearances

    • Yacht’s Administration

    • Charter Services

    • Crew Administration

    • Secretarial Services

  • Muster Duties and Emergency Procedures

  • The Role of the Yacht Management Company

  • Leadership

  • Communication

  • Stress Management

MODULE 2 | the Yachting Regulatory Environment

  • What is a Superyacht and Superyacht Codes

  • Yacht Regulation Breaks

  • Maritime Treaties and Conventions

  • Industry Bodies and the 4 Pillars


  • Flag State

    • Nationality, Rights and Obligations, Surveys & Audits & Recognised Organisations

  • Classification Societies – Role of Class

  • Port State Control - Memoranda of Understandings

  • Other Regulations and Codes

    • ISM,  ISPS, COSWP 

  • Private vs Commercial Registration

  • Industry Associations - PYA, RYA, Nautilus

MODULE 3 | Crew Management

  • Hiring and Vetting Procedure

  • Minimum Safe Manning

  • Seafarer Employment Contracts

    • POEA for Filipino Crew​

  • Other Employment Related Documents

    • Drug & Alcohol Policy, Confidentiality Agreement, Sexual Harassment Policy​

  • Crew Certificates, Qualifications, CoCs, Flag Endorsements

  • Occasional Workers

  • Crew Leave

  • Crew Payroll

  • Crew Travel Documentation

  • Sign-On and Off Procedure

  • 70-80m Yacht Crew Critical Documents

  • On Charter Daily Reporting to Crew about Guest Activities and Vessel Movements

MODULE 4 | Port Clearances

  • Yacht Agents

  • Maintaining the Crew List

  • Customs and Immigration

    • IMO Standardised Forms (FAL1-7)

    • Ships Registry

    • Maritime Declaration of Health

    • Nil List

    • Ships Particulars

    • Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate

    • Crew Vaccinations

  • Mediterranean Cruising 

    • Signing Crew onto Vessel​

  • USA Cruising

    • eNOAD, Cruising License

  • Shore Leave & Shore Passes

MODULE 5 | Charter Operations

  • Ownership Vs Charter

  • Charter Brokers

  • Factors for Charter Success

  • Charter Associations and Agreements

  • Charter Costs

  • VAT

  • Preference sheets

  • APA Accounting

  • Guest Management and Reporting

  • Daily Charter Duties

  • Gratuity and Calculation

MODULE 6 | Destination Management

  • Destination Research for Guests

  • Itinerary Creation

  • Guest Activity Tracking and Management

  • Weather Considerations

  • Agent Support

  • Legalities, Taxes and Import Considerations for World Cruising

  • Visas and Vaccinations for Crew and Guests

  • Shipping Logistics (Ship Stores in Transit) and Import Duties


MODULE 7 | Budgeting and Accounting

  • Accounting Definitions

    • Chart of Accounts

    • Financial Accounting​

    • Cash and Cash Flow Statement

    • Accrual vs Cash Basis of Accounting

    • Asset, Liabilities, Equity, Revenue, Expenses

    • Balance Sheet, Income Statements, Profit & Loss Account

  • Accounting Practices

  • Purchase Order System

  • Book-keeping and Double Entry Practices

  • Petty Cash and Multiple Currency Management

  • Credit and Debit Card Procedures

  • Preparing and Managing Budgets and Variances

  • Cost Code Allocation

  • Invoice and Supplier Management 

  • Audits


MODULE 8 | Software

  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • Microsoft Power Point

  • Microsoft Outlook

  • Accounting Software



Assignments have been created for each module that simulate the day-to-day duties a Purser completes onboard. This provides you with the confidence to walk into your first Purser role knowing exactly what is expected of you (and the ability to make mistakes 'in the classroom' first and learn from them). 


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