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Yacht Purser Course

Confidently Manage Yacht Administration and Logistics


(Without having to leave the comfort of your cabin or home while still being a part of a supportive community)

If you’re an aspiring yacht purser, newly qualified yacht officer, chief stewardess or a busy captain looking to gain valuable yacht administration skills to give your career a boost, you probably already know that you need to complete a yacht purser course.

Gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to effectively manage the vessel administration and logistics from the first truly online virtual learning provider. Our purser course has been tried, tested and perfected by over 100 students in the last 4 years.


By completing the IAMI GUEST Accredited purser course, you will add vital skills to your CV in a difficult job market, and equip yourself 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. 

Delivery of Course

Become a highly sought-after yacht purser with The Ultimate Yacht Purser Course. Our online platform includes videos that delve deeper into important topics to give you a competitive edge in the industry. Whether you choose to complete the course on your own or as part of a group, you will have access to our expert instructors who are there to help you reach your full potential.


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.

As a minimum, we recommend the following experience to provide you with the best possible chance of achieving a purser position after the completion of your purser certificate: 

  • Two-years experience working onboard yachts over 60m 


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

Because there are no 'one-size-fits-all' criteria, we conduct extensive interviews with potential students to ensure that the course is a good fit and will meet your training needs.


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.


Once you have met all the requirements for certifications, you will also receive the internationally accredited IAMI GUEST Purser Certificate.

Course Dates

We pride quality over quantity and there will always be a maximum of 7 students per class to ensure you get the most out of the course.

22 January 2024 (8 calls over 4 weeks on a M,W at 14:00 SAST for 3 hours)

11 March 2024 (8 calls over 2 weeks on a M,T,W,Th at 14:00 SAST for 3 hours)

8 April 2024 (8 calls over 2 weeks on a M,T,W,Th at 14:00 SAST for 3 hours)

Please note that you can join any live group calls within 1 year of your course. You will receive


Kindly click on ENROL below, enter your details, upload your CV. This is only an enrolment enquiry and does not enrol you in the course. You will then be able to either message, email or WhatsApp us to have a chat about whether the course is a good fit for where you are in your career. We look forward to hearing from you!

Role of the Yacht Purser 


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

  • crew and guests familiarisations

  • purser muster duties

  • scribe/narrative duties

Foundational Leadership


On completion of these two modules, students will understand:

  • 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

  • personality profiling

Yachting Legal & 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

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

Port Clearances

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​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • the role of the yacht agent

  • maintaining the crew list

  • the FAL convention

  • customs procedures

  • importation of the vessel

  • immigration​ procedures

  • agricultural and health requirements

  • customs inspections

  • certificates versus declarations

  • shore leave

  • USA cruising 

  • Mediterranean cruising

Charter Management


​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

  • MYBA charter contract

  • VAT and charter

  • preference sheets

  • APA Accounting

  • guest management and reporting

  • daily duties on charter

  • crew gratuity calculation

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

  • planning for an expedition

  • managing a trip

  • software used to manage trips

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



​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

  • how to manage folders on the server

Voly Yacht Accounting Software

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​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • how to use Voly Yacht Accounting to manage budgets, purchase orders, suppliers, HODs, trips, APA accounting on board

Deep Blue Soft

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​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • how to effectively use Deep Blue Soft to streamline admin on board the yacht

    • Core

    • HRM

    • PMS

    • Finance

    • Charter

    • Fleet

    • Inventory

EU VAT and Customs, Importation


​On completion of this module, students will understand:

  • what is VAT and how does it work

  • who pays VAT

  • VAT on goods and services

  • VAT on hull

  • VAT on sale or purchase

  • VAT and importation

  • VAT and chartering

  • VAT reporting

  • fiscal representative vs agent


Adult Students

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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