The MCA have recently formalised an arrangement with the PYA and Nautilus for them to verify all sea service before it is submitted with an NoE application.

You do not need to be a member of either organisation to have your service verified, but there may be a charge for this service for non-members.

MIN 543 details the requirements, but failure to have your service verified by one of these organisations prior to applying for your NoE will cause severe processing delays of around 160 days.


The service requirements are relevant to all routes laid out in:

MSN 1858 - Deck Officers on Large Yachts;

MSN 1859 - Engineer Officers on Large Yachts;

MIN 524 - Small Vessel Engineer Officers (Yacht applicants only);

MSN 1861 - Revalidating CoCs.

We're celebrating 20 years!

During 2017 JPMA will be running monthly competitions and offers to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

We are kicking off Autumn with a delightful September discount that's not to be missed!

From 12th September to 6th October we are offering a 20% discount off our Autumn/Winter course fees. Please quote our code JPMA20 to receive your discount.


This is applicable to all courses at JPMA/HSS, but excludes all courses booked through JPMA/HSS at other schools/colleges. 
Also excludes all MCA/SQA/RYA exam fees. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offered by JPMA, nor can it be offered retrospectively.

for further details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




2017 Winner Announced:

We were very proud to once again announce the winner of this years John Percival Leadership Award at the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show.

Paul Jones was the worthy winner following his nomination by ex-colleague Christian Greenwood, who began working with Paul in 2011. Christian told us:

"Paul is an ex-fisherman, so had an old school method about doing things, but they were always done with safety being the priority. He would figure things out on the spot better than anyone I have ever worked with. I had the pleasure of working with him on many trips and I could see how he had developed into who I'd class as the best Master I would ever have the chance to work for. He would spend as much time needed to go through things with the crew to make sure they knew what was happening or was going to happen. I think I learned more with him than anyone else I worked with. For me, there is no greater leader. As far as I am aware, he has moved on from being a Master to become a Superintendent and even though I no longer work for that company, I know Paul will be looking after the boys."

Once again, this year we received some very strong entries for this prestigious award and would like to thank all of those people who invested time in making a nomination, and recognising the hard work of their fellow crew.


Paul, on board.


"Commitment to Training, Commitment to Crew"

Captain John Percival was an ambassador for on-board training and encouraging investment in a yacht's crew.

JPMA, the yacht training centre he founded, aims to promote high standards in all levels of crew, in all departments, inspiring students to return to their vessel emboldened and ready to nurture junior crew. 

In his memory, the John Percival Leadership Award was created, to reward crew members, at all levels, who personify that ideal. The award is now in its fourth year.


Calling all crew - do you have a true leader on board?


Does your Bosun guide you in your career decisions, sharing knowledge and recommending courses?




 Does your Engineer explain what goes on within the engine room, letting you shadow engine room checks?



Does your Chef share tips and techniques, encouraging crew to expand their culinary knowledge and abilities?




If so - tell us! 


Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. explaining why a member of your crew (past or present) deserves to be the recipient of the 2017 John Percival Leadership Award.

The award will be presented during the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show, so please send your nomination by Friday 29th September.




 Photos courtesy of Edward Windeler-Bennett

We are looking for part-time/sessional Deck and Engineering instructors to work at our Hoylake office.
The roles entail delivering lectures and oral preparation to a range of candidates taking SQA and MCA exams.

Essential requirement for Engineers is at least an STCW OOW (E) or Y4 (Yachts) CoC and for Deck is at least STCW OOW (Unlimited), OOW (Yachts) <3000gt or Master (Yachts) <500gt 
Desirable qualities include previous experience as a trainer or lecturer, experience of the small craft sector (particularly Superyachts and/or Workboats) and an ability to deliver training to a student base covering a wide range of abilities.

The post would suit serving officers seeking employment during leave or those who have taken early retirement, seeking sessional or part-time employment

Start Date: ASAP
Please email for more details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We're happy to announce that the winner of this month's #JPMA20 photo competition is Japie Wiedeman, who submitted the photo below.

We were impressed with the standard of entries we received, and would like to thank everyone who entered the competition. Special mentions go to Scarlett Harris and Andy Rigby, who were close contenders. 



Win a Canon DSLR camera & accessory bundle worth over £300 in our #JPMA20 photo competition.


We're celebrating 20 years!

During 2017 JPMA will be running monthly competitions and offers to celebrate our 20th anniversary.


Is your Summer season just beginning?

We'd love to see how you're preparing for a long, busy Summer, and what you're getting up to on board, in our photo competition.

Just share your snap on our Facebook post.

The winner will be chosen by our Admin team who are looking for something exciting, fun and different, at sea or on land! Show us how you and your crew prepare for guests, the Boss and the Med season.

The winner will be announced on Friday 30th June - Happy snapping!