Yacht engineering training courses and qualifications
Yacht engineering qualifications were introduced in February 2001 to provide an industry standard system of certification. The system allows all those who wish to pursue engineering careers to do so, no matter what their previous training.
Below we provide expert advice on the roles and responsibilites of yacht engineers, and the required courses and qualifications to get ahead on board, from AEC to Yacht 4.
From maintaining the engine and generators, to installing a new water maker or air-conditioning unit, both on-board engineers and shore-based engineering companies are required to have an extensive and complex skill set when working within the superyacht industry.
Jobs on board as a superyacht engineer are in high demand, and can be achieved by completing a range of training courses or proving an equivalent level of training on shore.
The MCA Approved Engine Course (AEC) is the entry-level qualification to become a yacht engineer or dual-deck crewmember working across the deck and engineering departments.
The Marine Engine Operator License (MEOL) is a second-level course to become a more senior yacht engineer, ideal for those wanting to progress in the sector.
The Yacht 4 (Y4) Certificate is required for those hoping to progress to a chief engineer position aboard a yacht up to 200GT or less than 1,500kW.