Passenger Boat Licence (Commercial Endorsement)

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 Irish Sailing on behalf of the Minister can be issued on foot of a range of Irish Sailing and DOT qualifications

The Commercial Endorsement is issued by Irish Sailing 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 Irish Sailing. 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 to 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 Irish Sailing Office (01 2800239) or your nearest Irish Sailing Training Centre.

Masters holding the appropriate Irish Sailing certificate may obtain the Commercial Endorsements by applying to Irish Sailing 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 Transport, Tourism and Sport.

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.

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You can find all the forms and documents you need in the Application and Forms section of our Licences Library


Licences Library


To purchase or renew your Commercial Endorsement,. please go to the Irish Sailing Shop 


Irish Sailing Shop