A Spanish-led European Commission initiative to move towards European certification for yacht crew will hold it’s concluding conference on 20 September in Palma.

Begun in October 2011, the transnational recognition of European certification in vocational education and training (TRECVET) project has developed a comparison tool highlighting the differences between UK, German and Spanish yachtmaster training syllabi.

In the short term, this program could help Spanish sailors with the Patrón Profesional de Embarcación de Recreo (PPER) certification—the Spanish equivalent of Britain’s RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Commercial ticket—work on MCA and Red Ensign-flagged yachts, as it shows how the two requirements compare with each other.

But, says Oscar Siches, director of the Global Marina Institute, who will be attending the 20 September conference, any sailor seeking career advancement in superyachts today simply takes the RYA Yachtmaster course. “Top level Spanish sailors working in superyachts simply get their UK qualifications and the world opens up to them. That’s just what everyone does.”

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