It’s been a busy year for the training sector and those crew visiting training providers to get their next certificates and qualifications. With more crew to train than ever before, we take a look at what's happening in the training sector over the past 12 months.

A number of new courses have appeared on the training sector’s radar over the past 12 months:

UKSA has re-lanunched its superyacht cadetship, with a renewed focus on professionalism. Read the story here.

The Marshall Islands is offering a one-week course for captains with a Master 3,000gt ticket to get their Master Unlimited for superyachts. Read the story here.

Quantum Marine has announced it will be offering an equipment-specific course for captains and engineers. Read the story here.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Professional Yachting Association (PYA) have launched a superyacht-specific tender course, the Tender Operators Course. Read the story here.

With more qualifications necessary under the STCW code, the topic of crew qualifications has certainly not been left untouched in 2014.

A superyacht route has been announced by the MCA and PYA for crew needing their Ship’s Cook Certificate, offering crew the chance to take a 2.5-day course rather than the previous 12-month option. Read the story here.

After evidence of lack of preparation on the part of crew, grandfathering has been extended for ISPS security CoPs . Read the story here

Changes to the superyacht engineer qualification route have been announced by the MCA.  Read the story here.

A sad event for not only the crew training industry, but the superyacht industry as a whole, was the passing of Captain John Percival of JPMA Hoylake Sailing School. Here, we pay our respects to the unforgettable member of the superyacht industry.

For The Crew Academy, on-board training has been the trend of 2014. “The Crew Academy has seen more and more bespoke on-board training being requested, highlighting that yachts have recognised the need for interiors teams to work seamlessly together and the need for training on board to help them work simultaneously,” explains Charlotte Roch, marketing director at The Crew Academy.

At Maritime Professional Training (MPT), there’s been a noticeable trend in crew taking their careers more seriously. “One thing I’ve really noticed in talking to a lot of the students, whether they’re commercial or yacht based, is that they’re really starting to view this more as a career. The younger students coming in are meeting with us, they’re in counseling sessions and they want to know what they have to do, what kind of boat they have to work on and what experience they have to get,” says Lisa Morley, vice president of sales and marketing at MPT. “They’re coming in from day one, when they’re just doing their basic safety entry-level courses, and want to know what they have to do to progress. It’s not being viewed just as something that’s fun that you do for a summer or two, but something that you can truly make a career out of, and that’s the trend that we’re seeing more of.”

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