PYA agrees to lead training project for interior crew

Following a well attended public meeting at the recent Antibes Yacht Show and in response to interior crew, Captains and Training Providers; the Professional Yachtsman's Association has agreed to lead the development of a formal career structure for training and certification for Interior crew.

Interior yacht crew has the vital & fundamental role as front line to owners and guests, to ensure that they enjoy the service and hospitality aboard. Until now there has been little formal training available for this role and the training that does exist varies widely in both its objectives and its standards.

Now that the PYA have established and identified the need for a standard of training, they have agreed to lead an industry working group that will create a formal structure for the training and professional development of interior crew, similar to the existing training route for deck and engineering crew. The working group is made up of the PYA’s own Continuous Professional Development workgroup, along with industry professionals, such as active crew and leading training providers.

As part of the development process, we are keen to have feedback from interior crew and are sending out an online survey to those who have expressed an interest in participating.

The career structure is expected to provide a balance of experience, combining formal training plus onboard work experience to create a training ladder leading from entry-level as a junior stewardess / steward right up to Purser.

There will be a syllabus, setting out the minimum training to be given at each level, and any school that meets this requirement can apply for accreditation to issue PYA endorsed certificates to students who successfully complete these courses.

The Professional Yachtsman's Association aims to announce the results of this project at the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.

Professional Yachtsmen's Association
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