The Commercial Endorsement for use by Masters of Licensed Passenger Boats
The Commercial Endorsement qualifies you to act as master or crew on vessels holding Passenger Boat licences as required by the Department of Transport. The Endorsement issued by the ISA on behalf of the Minister can be issued on foot of a range of ISA and DOT qualifications
The Commercial Endorsement is issued by the ISA on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.
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 2800239) or your nearest ISA Training Centre.
Masters holding the appropriate ISA certificate may obtain the Commercial Endorsements by applying to ISA using the Application Form (below) and enclosing any additional certification required (see below) as well as proof of identity and a passport photograph.
Please note First Aid Certificates must be issued by an STCW-95
approved course provider under STCW 78/95
as listed by The Department of Marine (list available below).
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.