Recommended Time In Role

Even if you have yet to establish time in a specific yacht – based career covered thus far in the Career Map, you may be able to become a successful yacht Purser depending on your shoreside qualification, experience, skills, and willingness to pursue appropriate training. We recommend a minimum of six months onboard in some capacity before commencing Purser training.

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

If moving from an existing on-board role, experience supporting senior departmental crew in administrative and accounting duties. If entering the industry from a shoreside role, experience in HR, PA / EA, accounting, event, villa, or high-end hospitality management is essential.


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 well 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