The Commercial Endorsement for use by Masters of Licensed Passenger Boats
The Commercial Endorsement is issued by the ISA on behalf of the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
It is a credit card type certificate that must be carried by Masters whenever they are in charge of a licensed passenger boat. Masters of all vessels holding Passenger Boat licences are required to have certification indicating an appropriate degree of personal competency.
This certification must be in the form of one of the certificates listed below along with the appropriate “Commercial Endorsement” issued by the ISA. In some instances crew may also need to hold certification.
- National Powerboat Certificate
- Advanced Powerboat Certificate
- Yachtmaster Certification (Motor/Sail) for either Coastal, Offshore or Ocean
- Day Skipper Certificates (Motor/Sail)
- Certificates issued by the Maritime Directorate
- Inland waterways Skippers Certification
The type of certificate and category of Commercial Endorsement, required by the Master varies according the type of passenger boat licence the vessel holds. Details on the ISA Certificates listed above, and the training and assessment leading to the award of these certificates, may be obtained by contacting
the ISA Office (01 271 0114) or your nearest ISA Training Centre.
Masters holding the appropriate ISA certificate may obtain the Commercial Endorsements by applying to ISA using the designated Commercial Endorsement Application Form 2011
and enclosing any additional certification required (see below) as well as proof of identity and a passport photograph.
Please note First Aid Certficates must be issued by an STCW-95
approved course provider. Please see here
for approved training course providers under STCW 78/95
as listed by The Department of The Marine & Natural Resources.
In future, holders of either of the following First Aid certificates will also be accepted as meeting the requirements:
- FETAC Level 5 Occupational First Aid
- Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council Emergency First Response.
The above First Aid training requirements will apply to commercial endorsements issued
under categories A and B.
Summary of Commercial EndorsementStandard Format for Cat A & B Medical certificateTemplate for the log of service requirementsCommercial Endorsement Application FormApplication for revalidation or replacement of Commercial Endorsement