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Residential Purser Course

Our industry-leading Purser program delivered in person at our training facility in the picturesque South Downs National Park


Whether you’re looking to progress into the Purser role or you already occupy the position and would like to formalise your existing experience, our GUEST-accredited Purser Program is for you.

Our Purser Program was the first of its kind when we created it 15 years ago, and it continues to lead the industry with more than 700 graduates having passed through the courses. Whether you choose residential, online intensive or fully flexible, the program has been designed to fit around your current work and life schedule.

The program provides an understanding of a vast range of practical skills that may be required of pursers in their role on board including yacht operations, destination management, VAT, accounting, crew management, HR and more.

The Details

Our Residential Purser Course is held at Tilton House, our training facility in the UK on the South Downs in Sussex.

Training takes place on-site and there are all the facilities for your stay to be wonderfully comfortable with multiple living and working areas, plus a stunning kitchen and dining room, acres of private gardens, and 10.000 acres of the Firle Estate to explore.

Luxury accommodation is also provided throughout the 12-day stay along with healthy chef-prepared meals, for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays.

View more information about the course format below.

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Course Format

Monday to Friday - held over 2 weeks

  • 6 hours of daily lectures with regular breaks
  • 2  to 3 hours of group and self-study each evening
  • 3 written assessments 
  • Maximum of 8 students on the residential course

Hear from our trainer Julia all about the different course options here.



The Purser course is broken down into eight modules over 2 weeks which cover the core GUEST / IAMI learning outcomes.


Our program contains Units 18 - 21 GUEST Purser Program.  


Module 1: Role of a Purser

Module 2: Port Clearances

Module 3: Yacht Operations & Muster Duties

Module 4: Destination Management

Module 5: Charter & VAT

Module 6: Accounting & Budgeting

Module 7: Crew

Module 8: Maritime Organisation

Key Takeaways

You will leave the course with all the knowledge and tools to launch or progress your career as a Purser.

After completing the course, you will officially be part of our Alumni community and will have free access to our Mental Health courses for free as well as discounts on other courses such as Management & Leadership for Crew.

If you would like to obtain your GUEST Purser Certificate of Competence, we recommend also taking our Advanced Leadership Program to fulfill the IAMI GUEST requirements for this certification.


"The course is great!  I'm really, really happy with it, and I'm really glad that I chose the residential over the online option. Julia's great! She's an absolute wealth of knowledge. The setting's great and the people are so nice ! "

- Beth - Residential Purser Graduate

"It's lovely. I think the content is really interesting and it's presented well. The activities are engaging, and they actually really help to take in the information, which is nice. The group of girls is really nice to be around and to actually bounce ideas off of, so it's been really positive."

- Danielle - Residential Purser Graduate

" Great ! The food is amazing. We've been looked after very well. The house and the facilities are also exceptional. It's a very unique location, and I think it's a great setting to bring a group of industry professionals together and do such a course. It's great. Julia is an exceptional facilitator. Emma is just wonderful. So it's been good. Overall, It's a great setting ! "

 - Kiyra - Residential Purser Graduate

"It's really good, and although it's been so long since I've been taking notes and doing assignments, it's presented itself really well. Nevertheless, It is a lot of work, and then you just get a grasp of how much actually goes into moving the boat from point A to point B and dealing with all of the crew visas, passports, port clearance etc. So it's been great so far!"

- Catherine - Residential Purser Graduate

"It’s really good ! Everyone's so nice. And there's lots of information, but I think Julia is really helpful, so it's great." 

- Georgia - Residential Purser Graduate 


" It's the first residential course I'm doing in the UK and it's been so nice. Everyone was so friendly on the first day, and it's nice to know everyone's going through the same experience together. "

- Emily - Residential Purser Graduate

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