Raising the game: SYBAss, IAMI & GUEST launch brand new Yacht Owner Representative Programme

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, there was a tangible buzz in the air at the annual general assembly of the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss), held in Monaco on 21 September. In addition to the pleasure of meeting in person again, the assembly welcomed four new members and enjoyed a range of presentations profiling the current and future state of the industry. The prospects look very promising indeed…

The Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) alongside IAMI and GUEST have announced the launch of its pioneering new initiative: the Yacht Owner Representative Programme (YORP). Aiming to set a new industry standard for the qualification of this profession, the programme has been developed by a team of experienced owner’s representatives and shipyard project managers and is set to launch in July.

All about YORP
YORP is a tailored 4-course programme with specific learning outcomes, developed exclusively for SYBAss which will create a register of certified owner’s representatives. Accredited IAMI GUEST training providers, The Crew Academy and Luxury Hospitality Management, have joined forces to develop the 4 course programme materials. 

SYBAss has taken the initiative to create a register of certified owner’s representatives, meaning that an owner is able to select their representative from a qualified group. In order to join the register, it is mandatory to have completed one or more of the YORP courses, depending on an assessment of the experience of the owner’s representative.

Top of its class
The programme is fully-accredited by IAMI under the GUEST Program Accreditation criteria and offers over 200 hours of learning across four courses, covering occupational competencies and the responsibilities which qualify individuals for the role of yacht owner’s representative (YOR).

The four courses encompass the following topics: YOR Role and Responsibility Skills (mandatory), Foundations of a New Build Project, YOR Management and Compliance Obligations and YOR Specialist Project, Legal and Administrations.

Flexible Delivery
In terms of delivery, the programme will be delivered by fully IAMI-approved trainers on a blended basis through various learning platforms. In-person learning will take place at specially-selected SYBAss shipyards with Luxury Hospitality, with live online training delivered by The Crew Academy through their state-of-the-art learning platform.

Learning can be undertaken in three possible ways to suit the preferences of each student: individually, as a combined intensive programme undertaken over a seven-week period, or on a flexible learning basis within two years.

The result? The owner can then select their representative from a qualified group, safe in the knowledge that they will have all of the skills and knowledge they need to truly excel in the role.

Who is YORP for?
YORP is primarily aimed at individuals who are ready to become certified owner’s representatives: captains, engineers, yacht managers, yacht brokers, yacht surveyors, technical consultants and experienced owner’s representatives. The course is also very useful for people who want to understand the role of the owner’s representative, including shipyard project managers, designers, lawyers, crew and family office managers.

Perfectly Timed
The secretary general of SYBAss, Theo Hooning says: “We are truly delighted to showcase our-brand new YORP to the industry. As yachting becomes increasingly professionalised, there has been a corresponding recognition of the importance of proper training. This means it is the perfect time for us to launch this new initiative, as a welcome collaboration with some of the industry’s most qualified and innovative learning experts.”

When can I sign up?
YORP will be officially launched at the end of July with one of the founding SYBAss member shipyards: Benetti. To sign up for the first course please reach