Recommended Time In Role

Before moving from a position as a Captain into the role of a Yacht Purser, the Captain should have over eight years of industry experience and at least one year served specifically as a Captain. 

For more specific information about achieving the position of Captain, please check out our “Deck Career Map.”


Mandatory Qualifications

All candidates must have STCW Basic Safety Training (A-VI/I), with the additional PDSD Training.

Recommended Qualifications

Option 1) GUEST Yacht Purser Program and Advanced Leadership ultimately leading to the IAMI GUEST Yacht Purser CoC.

Option 2) Experience in Purser duties on board plus GUEST Advanced Administration & Management, Human Resources (HR), and Foundation Leadership.

Recommended Experience

Experience as Captain with administrative duties, including port clearances, ISM reporting, destination management, itinerary & event planning, budgeting, and accounting. 


Degree or vocational qualifications in relevant sectors such as accounting, event management, business studies, and HR would be valuable. 

Shoreside industry experience and roles can transfer very into that of the Yacht Purser- including personal assistants, project managers, and event planners. 

Knowledge and skills, including the use of specialist software programs such as Sage and Voly, are helpful. Additionally, accounting, budgeting, event management, and PR skills are encouraged


Character Attributes

  • Organised
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Proactive
  • Problem solver
  • Strong research capabilities
  • Confident
  • Empathetic
  • Patient
  • Diplomatic
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Good communicator
  • Self motivated
  • Resilient
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good listener
  • Supportive of others
  • Self aware