Monaco Yacht Show 2022

If you’ve attended yacht shows before, you will have received our usual marketing & promotional material on board. This year we took the decision to cut down on paper & printing and reduce our carbon footprint by not transporting large amounts of material by air.

Instead, this page gives you all of the usual information that we would be handing out in our MYS Newsletter, SV Engineering info sheet, course dates flyer etc. JPMA’s presence at this year’s MYS is still the same, but one little QR code is helping us do our bit for the environment!

John Percival Marine Associates (JPMA) are a group of experienced marine professionals and small craft practitioners, most of whom are Master Mariners or Chief Engineers who hold, or have held, senior positions within the Marine Industry. Our training centre is located in Hoylake, on the Wirral peninsula, near Liverpool.

We offer training and tuition to Workboat, Superyacht and Merchant Navy professionals to all levels. Our speciality is preparation for MCA Oral exams for both Deck and Engineering, with a high pass rate on first attempt. We offer most of the written modules for Deck up to Master <3000gt and Engineering up to Y2/SV Chief Engineer.

JPMA offer a wide range of services to yachts including:

Training (Home of the Original Oral Preparation Course!)

Yacht Management


Ships Charts and Books

JPMA’s 25th Anniversary

In 2022, John Percival Marine Associates celebrates our 25th anniversary.

Hoylake Sailing School Ltd was established in 1996, to run RYA shorebased courses, and very shortly afterwards the Principal, Captain John Percival, was approached to run oral preparation for MCA Deck oral exams.

JPMA was then formed in 1997, to deal solely with the Superyacht sector and since then the company has gone from strength to strength, providing Deck & Engineering training across a wide range of industries including Workboat and Merchant Navy.

Over the last 25 years we have sadly lost our founder, John, and several instructors, who we miss terribly. We have overcome flooding in our French premises, fire in Hoylake, a global pandemic, and we continue to weather the storm. We are so proud to still be training Superyacht, Workboat and Merchant crew after all these years, and we plan to still be doing so in another 25 years!

Monaco Yacht Show

Once again, we have a stand in the SuperyachtUK pavilion, within the Darse Sud tent, right next to the Sustainability Hub. 

Visit us at stand DS35 for advice on training, regulation changes, NoE applications and much more. We will be out and about each day, visiting yachts and crew, but we will definitely be on the stand each day from 1200 to 1500 to see you.

If you’re busy on board, and would like us to visit you, please call or WhatsApp Anna on +44 (0)7740 866096 or email us to arrange an appointment.

Stand DS35 is near the entrance to the Darse Sud tent next to the T Jetty
Cheryl, Anna, Julie & Laura of JPMA and Nautilus on the JPMA stand at MYS today

JPMA announce new partnerships during Monaco Yacht Show 2022:

John Percival Marine Associates today announced three new partnerships with Nautilus International, MarSAR International and SEACertify. 
click here to read more

The 2022 John Percival Leadership Award 

“Commitment to training, commitment to crew”

Captain John Percival & his daughter Anna Percival-Harris at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show

The John Percival Leadership Award was created after John’s passing in 2014. He was an ambassador for on-board training and encouraging investment in a yacht’s crew. JPMA 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.

This award was created to reward crew members, at all levels, who personify that ideal.

We are taking nominations now, for the 2022 award. Please email us to tell us about a great leader within your crew.

The winner will be announced on Monday 16th January 2023. 

The award’s most recent winner, Captain Robbie Fox, was nominated by Deckhand Jonny Carswell

Association of Women in Yachting

Until recently, the Yachting industry has been one of the only areas of commerce without a specific female only network/support mechanism in place. Because of this, JPMA founded the Association of Women in Yachting in 2018.

The AWY provides a resource for professional women in the yachting industry to network and surround themselves with like-minded female industry leaders, through online resources and networking events.

Attendees at our MYS 2019 networking event

We held our inaugural networking event at the Palma Superyacht Show in April 2019. Since then we’ve held events at Monaco and Antigua yacht shows, plus online forums during the pandemic.

Our next event, in partnership with She of the Sea, ‘The Shore Future Forum and AWY Networking Session’, is being held at Monaco Yacht Show, at the HQ of the International Hydrographic Organisation (next door to Stars ‘n’ Bars) on Friday 30th September, 1700-1930. 

The Shore Future Forum will provide current and ex yacht crew with an opportunity to hear from other women who have come ashore, and how they’ve found employment or started their own business.
They’ll be sharing their journeys, alongside panellists who can offer advice on what large yachting companies are looking for in ex-yacht crew as potential employees.

The panel session will be followed by our usual networking event, for professional shorebased women to network and connect with each other. This will take place on the roof terrace of the IHO building, with fabulous views of Monaco port.

Click here to book your place, or to request membership of the organisation please contact Anna Percival-Harris on

Small Vessel Engineering CoCs

We are proud to have been the first training provider accredited by the MCA to run the written modules for the new Small Vessel Engineering CoCs

This is a new Engineering qualification for Engineers wanting to work on ‘Small Vessels’: Fishing Vessels, Yachts, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels. This means the CoCs gained through this route will be transferrable between the above industries.

The CoCs available are:

Second Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW CoC (Limited to Yachts) (similar to Y4)

Second Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW CoC (Unlimited) (similar to Y4)

Chief Engineer SV <500GT & <3000kW CoC (similar to Y3/2)

Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW CoC (similar to Y1)

Please click here for more specific detail on these CoCs.

When MIN 524 was originally published, there were a few creases to iron out in the Small Vessel route. The MCA are currently working on a new version of the M Notice, which is in a consultation period at the moment. We expect a revamped SV route to be published towards the end of this year, with amendments to conversion routes, service requirements and CoC titles.

Please be aware that the Yacht CoCs WILL be phased out on 31st December 2022, so you don’t have long to complete your next Yacht Engineering CoC! Your written exams must be completed by November 2022, and your NoE application must be with the MCA by 31st December 2022. NoEs have a 5 year validity, so you may do your Yacht oral exam after this date, but be aware that the written pass certificates expire after 3 years, and they must be in date when your CoC is issued.

We can help with NoE applications, guidance on how to apply for exemptions and many other common questions.

Electronic Notice of Eligibility (NoE) Applications and Online Oral Exams

The MCA have recently published MIN 675, which details the updated application process to allow for applications to be made online using the submission of electronic documents, as well as the new online booking process for online oral exams. We have covered a few pertinent points here: 


An NoE application will take the MCA at least 28 days to process. Please remember that the NoE department processes all MCA NoE applications, including those for merchant, fishing, workboats, yachts etc. You are advised to apply for your NoE in good time, as the MCA cannot guarantee how long it will take to issue.

Revised NoE Application Process

If you are applying for your first UK CoC, your NoE application must be accompanied by original documents and certificates, which you must post to the MCA (details of what is needed for each CoC can be found on each CoC route page found on this page of our website). However, as candidates will need to keep their passports with them for travel and identification reasons, the MCA have agreed that a photocopy of the passport, signed, dated and stamped by the Captain of the vessel, along with his/her CoC number, will be accepted. You can also send your birth certificate as a form of ID.

If you already hold a UK CoC, the MCA now accepts subsequent applications, electronically, via email. The application form must be completed and emailed to the relevant team with the required documentation. 

Training Record Books

Under the new electronic application system, if your CoC requires the completion of a TRB the original physical TRB will need to be submitted to the MCA, but you must retain scanned copies of the overview signature pages from the TRB. These will be required for your oral exam.

The Small Vessel 2nd Engineer TRB must be obtained from a registered training provider, after you have completed the prescribed amount of service and training. Further service is then required whilst completing the TRB. If you purchased your TRB direct from Witherbys (the publisher of the TRB) you will need to contact the MCA before proceeding, as your pre-requisites will not have been checked by a training provider.

The OOW Deck TRB is required if you have less than 36 months actual sea service and must be completed over a period of at least 6 months (Note: MSN 1858 contains a misprint – the service required has not changed from the old MGN 1802 – the MCA have issued MIN 521 to clarify this).

Sea Service – OOW <3000gt

MSN 1858 clearly defines types of sea service: actual sea service (when the yacht has actually been at sea); yard service (maximum of 90 days); standby service, when the yacht is ready to proceed to sea and awaiting the arrival of guests (maximum of 14 consecutive days at one time, must not be longer than the last voyage. Your total standby service cannot exceed your actual sea service). 

Watch Keeping Service – Master <500/<3000gt

A day of watch keeping service is defined in MSN 1858 as a day when you have spent more than 4 hours on bridge watches within 24 hours. Watch keeping time is only counted from the date printed on your OOW CoC. Time at anchor can only be counted towards watch keeping service if it is part of a passage. 

Engineering Sea Service

Engineering service is detailed in MSN 1859 for Yacht CoCs & MIN 524 for SV CoCs. Clarification of service definitions is available on each CoC route page listed here, including the ‘1.5 days’ rule for Yacht candidates doing the SV CoCs.

Testimonials and Certificates of Discharge

All yacht, sea and watch keeping service must be recorded on a testimonial. This must be accompanied by either a Certificate of Discharge, Discharge Book, PYA Service Record Book or IYT Service Record Book. Testimonials can be found as annexes of MSN 1858 & 1859. Note that this service must now be independently verified by the PYA or Nautilus, as detailed later on this info page.

If you meet all of the above requirements, an NOE will be issued. Currently this is done through email and you will receive an electronic NOE. Only after you have received your NOE can you book an oral exam though the central team.

MCA Oral Exams

The way in which you can book your oral exam has changed. The MCA have rolled out a new system from April 2022 where you will be able to book your oral exam using the Online Booking Service. 

You will need to send your electronic NOE, scanned Government ID and scanned Discharge Book to the MCA via email. Once received, the Online Oral Exams team will check the details and send you a link to the Online Booking Service which will enable you to book your oral.

The oral exam is currently being delivered through Microsoft Teams.

All updates are detailed on this page of our website, where we keep up to date with what the MCA are doing to help seafarers during the pandemic.

Course Dates

Click here to see our 2022/2023 course dates for RYA Shorebased courses, HELM, MCA written modules, Oral Prep and more. Click into the individual course pages for prices.

Concierge Service

We recognise that making the journey to us here in the UK can be stressful, so we have always done our best to lighten the load. As a complimentary part of your booking process, we can help with travel arrangements, taxi bookings, accommodation (off-site) etc.

Home of the Original Oral Preparation Course

JPMA are renowned for our well designed and highly successful Deck and Engineering MCA oral exam preparation courses and pre-course prep packs, set up by the late Captain John Percival, which have seen thousands of candidates since the late 90’s.

Since his unfortunate passing in 2014, our oral prep instructors have continued John’s legacy, resulting in continued high pass rates on first attempt.

We offer the following oral preparation courses:

OOW Yachts <3000gt,

Master (Code Vessels) <200gt,

Master Yachts <500gt,

Master Yachts <3000gt 

Engineering MEOLY4Y3Y2 & Y1SV 2nd EngineerSV Chief Engineer <3000kW & SV Chief Engineer <9000kW.

We also deliver oral prep courses to Merchant and Workboat professionals.

Changes to Yacht Sea Service Verification Process

In 2017 the MCA formalised an arrangement with the PYA and Nautilus for them to verify all yacht sea service before it is submitted with an NoE application.

Any service gained on yachts must be verified before applying for an NoE. You do not have 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 here.

Alternative Yachtmaster Pathway for OOW Yacht Candidates

Candidates for the OOW (Yachts <3000gt) CoC are required to hold an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC (or IYT Master of Yachts <200gt).

To obtain a YM Offshore CoC, candidates must have undertaken half of their qualifying mileage (1250 miles) on vessels <24 metres. The RYA have identified that this is difficult for some crew, stating:

“Candidates will be able to take an RYA Yachtmaster/Coastal Skipper shorebased course, an RYA Coastal Skipper practical course and a Yachtmaster prep week. Those, combined with their superyacht and tender operations experience, will provide the necessary pre-requisite experience to sit the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal exam. The MCA will then accept this towards non-command OOW qualifications.

The existing pathway to the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore exam will remain for those holding the pre-requisite sea time and experience on appropriate vessels, and is indeed still seen as the preferred route. However, this alternative pathway will allow progression for those who do not have adequate command experience in smaller vessels.” 

Click here to read the whole story.

Master (Workboat) <500gt CoCs

Many Yacht crew ask us about how they can move into the Workboat industry. For Engineers, that is now very simple, with the advent of the Small Vessel Engineering CoC route, but Deck officers will need to do additional training to gain a CoC valid for use on Workboats.

Alongside the MCA and the National Workboat Association, the late Captain John Percival (founder of JPMA) worked tirelessly over a number of years to develop the Master (Workboats <500gt) CoC.

There are several entry routes into this CoC – if you have any of the below CoCs you may begin the relevant courses to achieve the Master (Workboats) <500gt CoC:

  • Master (Code Vessels) <200gt;
  • OOW Unlimited;
  • OOW (Yachts) <3000gt;
  • Master (Yachts) <3000gt;
  • Fishing Class 1 (UK).

Many of the routes include seatime onboard a workboat, and a requirement to undertake several Yacht written modules for OOW/Chief Mate/Master. JPMA offer most of these courses, including the Workboat Operations module.

The Workboat Operations module provides students with the expert knowledge and tailored workboat experience necessary to gain this Workboat specific CoC. 

JPMA are proud to have been the first training provider to gain MCA accreditation to offer the Workboat Operations course, from our training center in Hoylake, Wirral. 

The world’s first course took place at JPMA in April 2016, and was a huge success. JPMA continues to offer this course, with outstanding pass rates on first attempt.

Click here for all the details of this Workboat Master CoC.

Updating-Refresher Training Requirements 

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code mean new requirements for anyone who holds any of the following certificatesfrom 1st January 2017:

  • Personal Survival Techniques; 
  • Basic Fire Fighting; 
  • PSC & RB; 
  • Advanced Fire Fighting;
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats. 

Many people are still confused by this, but it is very simple – if you are working on-board, or applying for/revalidating a CoC, and you did the courses more than 5 years ago, you’ll need to enrol on a refresher course for each of the certificates you hold

Port State Control can detain your vessel if your paperwork is not correct.

If you hold the Advanced Sea Survival for Yachtsmen Certificate, you can refresh this too. You can enrol on a refresher course either for the Advanced Sea Survival, or at a school that runs the PSC&RB refresher, but with the latter you will still have a limitation on the certificate (Not valid for use on vessels with lifeboats launched by davits).

In the same vein, if you hold the PSC&RB, and you can’t get to a school that runs the refresher course, you can enrol with a school that runs Advanced Sea Survival, but your PSC&RB will have the negative endorsement applied to it. This can be removed by doing the PSC&RB course at a later date.

Revalidation of MCA STCW CoCs

All MCA STCW CoCs must be revalidated every 5 years. This is an administrative process which requires you to download a form from the MCA website and submit your CoC, a valid ENG1 medical certificate, testimonials and certificates of discharge showing at least 12 months sea service in the past 5 years (only 6 months service is required if you are revalidating a Code Vessel CoC).

The MCA updated the revalidation process following the Covid-19 pandemic, to make it easier for seafareres to keep their documents up to date. There is now an electronic application process, which is detailed on this very helpful page of the MCA website.

All service used for applying for revalidation of a CoC must be recorded on a testimonial. This must be accompanied by either a Certificate of Discharge or Discharge Book. Testimonials can be found as annexes of all M Notices mentioned above.

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