Gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to effectively manage the vessel administration and logistics. Whether you are an aspiring purser or a deck officer who would like to gain a competitive advantage in a difficult job market, this course will equip you with the tools you need to excel in your role. 

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

Complete the course from wherever you are in the world. It is 100% delivered online on our virtual learning platform which is constantly updated. Join a community of students online and leverage your own network in the process.

Each module has a theory aspect to it, delivered in password-protected PDFs. There are videos to accompany the theory and delve deeper into some of the topics. Depending on your chosen delivery method, you will either complete the course as part of a group (where you will be able to join group calls) or on your own.

Benefit from a 1:1 call for each module with your trainer.



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 to discuss pricing for each assignment.

If you join a group program, we will do two study groups during the course to help guide you through assignments. Each assignment also receives a 20-30 minute call with your trainer to ensure you have understood the content and ask questions 1:1.


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 eight modules is 2,999 EUR.

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​.


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


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


*Please note that The Yacht Purser is on the committee for defining the IAMI GUEST Purser CoC which will be launched in 2020.

2020 Course Dates

15 January 2020

26 February 2020

1 April 2020

1 May 2020

10 August 2020 - limited spaces!

15 October (accelerated course 4 weeks) - waitlisted but must enrol by 1 October)


Please submit your CV to to find out if you are eligible to apply and schedule a call with us below.  

MODULE 1 | The Role of the Purser | Leadership

On completion of these two modules, students will understand:

  • the yacht purser's role in managing crew and vessel logistics

  • how the purser fits into the yacht's hierarchy, as well as reporting structures

  • how the purser supports each department on board

  • how the purser supports shore-based management, suppliers, agents and other stakeholders

  • what motivates people and teams

  • how to set SMART goals

  • effective communication 

  • leadership styles

  • how to identify and manage stress and fatigue

  • salary expectations of a new purser

MODULE 2 | the Yachting Regulatory Environment

​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • international and maritime/admiralty law

  • sources of law on board

  • the role of the ILO and IMO

  • the Four Pillars of maritime law

  • Flag States

  • the role of the Classification Society

  • maritime treaties, conventions and codes

  • Port State Control 

  • private vs commercial registration

  • industry associations and bodies to support crew

MODULE 3 | Crew Management

​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • crew embarkation and disembarkation procedures

  • crew onboarding and management

  • crew certificate management

  • Certificates of Competencies

  • Flag State Endorsements and CECs

  • crew leave and training tracking 

  • payroll processing

  • crew insurance

MODULE 4 | Port Clearances

​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • the role of the yacht agent

  • maintaining the crew list

  • customs procedures

  • immigration​ procedures

  • agricultural and health requirements

  • certificates versus declarations

  • shore leave

  • USA cruising 

  • Mediterranean cruising

MODULE 5 | Charter Operations

​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • yacht ownership vs charters

  • the different roles of charter brokers

  • factors for charter success

  • charter marketing

  • charter associations and agreements

  • charter costs

  • VAT and charter

  • preference sheets

  • APA Accounting

  • guest management and reporting

  • daily duties on charter

  • crew gratuity calculation

MODULE 6 | Destination Management

​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • destination research 

  • itinerary creation

  • guest activity tracking and management

  • weather considerations

  • legalities, taxes and import considerations for world cruising

  • visas and vaccinations for crew and guests

  • shipping logistics for ship stores in transit


MODULE 7 | Budgeting and Accounting

​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • accounting definitions

  • accounting practices

  • purchase order system

  • book-keeping and double-entry practices

  • petty cash and multiple currency management

  • credit and debit card procedures

  • managing budgets and variances

  • cost code allocation

  • invoice and supplier management 

  • audits

  • VAT and the vessel


MODULE 8 | Software

​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • how to effectively use MS Office​ to streamline admin on board the yacht

    • MS Word

    • MS Excel

    • MS PowerPoint

    • MS Outlook

  • accounting software (Voly)

  • how to manage folders on the server



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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