Passenger Boat Proficiency

BIM is an appointed body for the purpose of issuing certificates and commercial endorsements in compliance with the Merchant Shipping (Passenger Boat Manning) Regulations 2005 (S.I. No. 649 of 2005).  

BIM offer Passenger Boat Proficiency training with the following two options:

OPTION A: Applicants holding a Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency

Applicants must provide BIM with:

  • A photocopy of the highest Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency
  • A valid STCW 95 Elementary First Aid Certificate
  • An original and signed Medical Fitness Certificate from a registered medical practitioner including evidence of satisfactory colour vision
  • A completed registration form (pdf 1,630Kb) )
  • A completed application form (pdf 102Kb) 
  • A completed Declaration of Sea Service Form (pdf 458Kb) 

Card administration cost: €80.00 (This should accompany the application form)

OPTION B: BIM Passenger Boat Proficiency Training

  • For next course scheduled in our college in NFC Greencastle contact sandra.harkin@bim.ie on 353 74 9381068
  • For next course scheduled in our college in NFC Castletownbere contact della.sullivan@bim.ie on 027 71230

Applicants who do not hold a Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency will need to achieve a QQI Merit grading (65 to 79%) on assessment following BIM Passenger Boat Proficiency training.

Course duration: 5 days
Course cost: €500.00
Card administration cost: €30.00

Course content: 

  • Pre-Safety Checks & Precautions
  • Passage Planning & Pilotage
  • Passenger Boat Operations & Ropework
  • Routine Outboard & Inboard Engine Operations
  • Emergency Procedures

In addition applicants must hold/acquire the following:

  • A valid STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques Certificate
  • A valid STCW 95 Elementary First Aid Certificate
  • An original and signed Medical Fitness Certificate from a registered medical practitioner including evidence of satisfactory colour vision
  • An original Declaration of Sea Service signed by a Peace Commissioner

Grant Aid for Course Fees

Apply for grant aid for the couse fees and subsistence costs incurred when you undertake your training.

Learn about the Seafood Training Scheme

How to apply

Launch the Training Registration Form (pdf 92Kb) 

Save the form to your computer

Next, launch the form from your computer  (see note below)

Complete the form saving the updates as you go

In addition complete the following if required:

Declaration of Sea Service Form (pdf 458Kb) 

Passenger Boat Proficiency Certificate Application Form (pdf 450Kb) 

Passenger Boat Proficiency Training Assessment Form (pdf 449Kb) 

PLEASE NOTE: To launch the form you may need to install Adobe Acrobat Reader available at https://acrobat.adobe.com/. Should you need assistance with this please contact us.

Contact Us

For further information contact our Training Centres:

National Fisheries College
Greencastle, Co. Donegal
Direct: +353 74 9381068/9381099
nfcgreencastle@bim.ie

National Fisheries College
Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Direct: +353 27 71230
nfcicastletownbere@bim.ie

Coastal Training Unit 1
Robert Walsh
Mobile +353 87 6837134
bob.walsh@bim.ie

Coastal Training Unit 2
Declan Donohoe
Mobile +353 87 2334620
declan.donohoe@bim.ie

Dublin Office
Direct: +353 1 2144 262/241
training@bim.ie