Tier 1 Level 2 Boatmaster


Who requires a Boatmaster Licence:

All masters operating commercially in UK waters are required to be suitably qualified. Vessels operating on ‘Inland’ Waters or as defined by the MCA as categorised and limited coastal areas must have masters qualified under the BML Regulations or equivalent.

The BML Regulations apply to masters operating on Category A – D waters and limited coastal areas.  Limited Coastal Area is defined as “no more than 5 miles from land and 15 miles from a point of departure BML Regulations apply to masters operating on Category A – D waters and limited coastal areas.  Limited Coastal Area is defined as “no more than 5 miles from land and 15 miles from a point of departure”.

Information on categorised waters can be found in ‘Categorisation of Waters’. See resources below.

Commercial vessels under 24 metres and carrying less than 12 passengers operating in categorised waters,  under the Small Commercial Vessel Code can be operated by masters holding appropriate certificates under that code.

What are the levels of BML?

Tier 1 Level 1 (T1L1)

  • National Licence valid for operating a vessel anywhere on the UK’s non-tidal waters (Category A, B and non-linked C), except where local knowledge requirements apply.

         Qualifying Service time – min 12 months

Tier 1 Level 2 (T1L2)

  • National Licence valid for operating a vessel anywhere on the UK’s inland waterways (Categories A-D) and limited coastal areas, except where local knowledge requirements apply.

          Qualifying Service time – min 24 months

All candidates are examined both orally by a MCA surveyor/examiner.

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