As an IYT partner school you will benefit from access to the best yacht training program in the world, with courses designed to meet the training needs from entry-level novices to fully qualified professional yacht captains.

You will also benefit from being part of an increasingly recognized global brand with a direct link from IYTworld.com to your school website.

All IYT schools are evaluated and approved for membership based on specific criteria. If approved, membership is valid for 12 months and will be automatically renewed providing the school remains in good standing. To remain in good standing, schools must:

  • Comply with all terms and conditions of their membership agreement and the contents of the membership manual as amended from time to time.
  • Fulfill their responsibilites regarding the presentation of student paperwork and maintenance of student records.
  • Pay annual membership dues and not be in arrears with other monies owed.
  • Not engage in any activity that is deemed by IYT Worldwide to be detrimental to IYT Worldwide or other partner schools.

Membership Levels

IYT has two levels of membership: Level 1 (recreational courses) and Level 2 (professional courses).

Professional partner schools may offer courses ranging from Personal Watercraft Operations and Dinghy Sailing to the MCA Approved Master of Yachts Unlimited celestial navigation course. Instructors will be appropriately qualified for each course a school is approved to offer.

If you are thinking of joining, we welcome an application for your school and instructors.

Professional schools may qualify to offer the following recreational and professional courses. Find course details under the courses section of the site.

Professional Courses

Marine Communications - VHF/SRC Operations - also available to recreational schools

Small Powerboat & RIB Master (MCA Approved) - also available to recreational schools

Superyacht Crew

Professional Superyacht Hospitality

Superyacht Chef

STCW Elementary First Aid

STCW Basic Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting

STCW Proficiency in Maritime Security Awareness

STCW Personal Survival Techniques

STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities

STCW Refresher Training (PST and BFF)

Master of Yachts Coastal/Mate 200 Tons

Master of Yachts Limited 200gt

Master of Yachts Unlimited 200gt

Master of Yachts Inshore < 80gt.

Recreational Courses

Dinghy Sailing - Bronze Level – Start Sailing

Dinghy Sailing – Silver Level – Safe Sailing

Dinghy Sailing – Gold Level - Independent Sailing

Dinghy Sailing – Platinum Level – Perfected Sailing

International Yacht Racing

Introduction to Yachting

International Crew Power or Sail

International Bareboat Skipper Power or Sail

Marine Communications - VHF/SRC Operations

Personal Watercraft Operator (PWC)

Small Powerboat & RIB Master (MCA Approved)

Powerboat Skipper

Navigation Master

Weather Master

International Certificate of Competency <10m Power Coastal

International Certificate of Competency <10m Power Coastal & Inland

International Certificate of Competency <24m Power Coastal

International Certificate of Competency <24m Power Coastal & Inland

International Certificate of Competency <24m Sail & <10m Power Coastal

International Certificate of Competency <24m Sail & <10m Power Coastal & Inland

International Certificate of Competency PWC Coastal

International Certificate of Competency PWC Coastal & Inland

Yachtmaster Coastal Power or Sail

Yachtmaster Offshore Power or Sail

Yachtmaster Ocean


Instructor Requirements

Please see Requirements To Become A Professional Instructor for more information.   

Vessel Requirements

For Approval to Train on a Sailboat

  • The school must own or have access to charter a sailing vessel with auxiliary engine.
  • The sailing vessel must have capacity for overnight stay including beds for at least 5-6 crew and an instructor, a galley and heads.
  • The vessel's minimum length should be approximately 10 metres/30 feet.
  • Instructors must be trained and show experience and/or qualifications on a sailboat of corresponding size and type.

For Approval to Train on a Powerboat

  • The school must own or have access to charter a power vessel.
  • The power vessel should be a cruising vessel with capacity for overnight stay including beds for beds for at least 5-6 crew and an instructor, a galley and heads.
  • The vessel's minimum length should be approximately 10 metres/30 feet and have twin inboard engines. (A single inboard may be accepted, but a vessel with outboard engines is not acceptable).
  • Instructors must be trained and show experience and/or qualifications on a powerboat of corresponding size and type.

To certify students for both power and sail qualifications they must undertake the practical examination on a sailboat AND a powerboat and have some practical experience on both sail and power vessels. This prerequisite sea time requirements must meet the sea time requirements for that certificate level.

You may not train/examine students for power endorsement using a sailboat under auxiliary engine.


For Approval to Teach the Small Powerboat & RIB Master Course

To offer the Small Powerboat and RIB course, you must have an outboard driven RIB or other open style boat.


Classroom Requirements

Classroom must be equipped with necessary items/equipment to facilitate instruction of course they are applying to instruct. 
Proof of classroom and office facilities must be in form of photographs of interior and exterior.

What Does It Cost to be an IYT School?

Broad Headings

  • School Membership & Audit Fees.
  • Instructor Registration.
  • Course Costs & Certificates.
  • Shipping & Handling.

Membership & Audit Fees

Please see this document for school membership fees (as of April 1, 2017)  school-membership-fees-2017-to publish.pdf

Those schools applying for Professional status must be inspected prior to gaining approval to join IYT. The first course must be audited by an IYT representative.  These 2 events, initial inspection and audit of first course, will be performed in conjunction to reduce the cost to school.  The cost of the inspection must be paid prior to the initial visit. We try and keep these costs to a minimum.

These expenses will vary based on school’s location as price of airfare and accommodations and daily expenses will vary. The daily rate of the inspector will also vary. It would be wise to calculate $4,000 to $6,000 per visit, however, this is not an official quote and is only given as a guideline to schools to aid in making a decision to pursue. Becoming an IYT professional partner school is an expensive process and we want schools to be aware of this before spending a vast amount of effort on something they may not be prepared to undertake.


All IYT schools are subject to periodic audits to ensure that they are complying with appropriate standards. Schools pay for the audits, but we attempt to keep costs to a minimum and spread them across a number of schools in the region. It's very hard for us to be specific about how frequently audits will take place and exactly what they will cost. We have to reserve the right to visit schools at anytime, but also realise that it wouldn't make sense to burden schools with excessive compliance costs.

Instructor Registration/Membership

All schools need to have at least one registered instructor. Only registered instructors can deliver IYT courses. They may also order IYT certificates for the students they have trained successfully.

Instructors pay for their initial certificates which are valid for five years from date of issue. Thereafter, to remain in good standing instructors would have to undertake any required further professional development training and pay an annual membership subscription.

Please see this document for Instructor Membership & Certificate Prices as of April 1, 2017  instructor cert and membership-fees-2017-to publish.pdf.  The cost is based on the range of courses covered and the depth of knowledge required.


Course Costs & Certificates

The cost of all courses are determined by the school, not IYT. Schools set their own prices and schedules based on their geographic and economic situation.

All IYT certificates are photo based, credit card style and come with enhanced security features such as holograms and QR codes, with the exception of some dinghy certificates.

Certificates are be ordered and paid for online.

Shipping & Handling

  • Certificates will be processed and shipped only after payment has been received.
  • Please allow four weeks for processing. This does not include delivery time.
  • Airmail may take up to four weeks to reach final destination, if at all. It is not traceable so there is no tracking number. We strongly discourage airmail and are not responsible for lost airmail shipments.
  • If airmail is the chosen method of shipment and the package is lost, you will be billed for the full cost of the replacement plus shipping. (Airmail is free of charge).
  • Courier takes three to five business days depending on location and you will receive the tracking number when your order ships. (May range from $30 to $90 based on location - we cannot quote exact prices here).



To become an IYT partner school, please fill out the School Application form: click here