Yacht Owner Representative programme

An accredited and pioneering programme raising the standards in the yachting industry

YORP programme

The Yacht Owner Representative  programme (YORP) is fully-accredited by IAMI and consists of four courses with the following topics:

  • YOR role and responsibility skills (mandatory) – run in person by LH
  • Foundations of a new build project – run online by The Crew Academy
  • YOR management and compliance obligations – run online by The Crew Academy
  • YOR specialist project, legal and administrations – run online by The Crew Academy

In total it offers over 200 hours of learning across these four courses, covering occupational competencies and the responsibilities which qualify individuals for the role of yacht owner’s representative.

The required prerequisites for attending the GUEST Yacht Owner Representative program:

  • Age minimum for attending this IAMI GUEST© Program is strictly 25 years old or over.
  • All tuition is taught in the International Maritime language, English.
  • All students MUST have a good knowledge of verbal and written English.
  • We use a robust list of checks, including Reference checks from CV and previous employment and checks on any relevant further education completed.

Course 1 – Roles and responsibilities skills

Course 1 of YORP focuses on the various roles and responsibilities of an owner representative. Participants will learn how to establish the owners project aims and goals, present the requirements to shipyard, and negotiate project objectives on behalf of the owner. Ultimately this course aims to equip yacht owner representatives with the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure successful yacht projects and satisfied owners.

Who is this programme 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.

YORP launches in Europe, October 2023

We launched the inaugural course of the YORP launched at the Bennetti shipyard in Livorno in October of this year.  Course one focuses on the leadership skills and responsibilities an Owner’s Rep needs to have to be successful in the role.
Our 4 day in person training really builds the skills and capability of participants to manage any stakeholder in any situation in the role of an Owner’s Rep.

Upcoming dates

Check out dates and schedule for our 2024 courses.

October 07 – 10 VENUE [TBC]MONACO
November 18 – 21 BENETTI SHIPYARD – LIVORNO, Italy


Module one, YORP role and responsibility skills, is run by LH in person at different locations throughout the year.

Your investment is € 3000,- (plus expenses)

Course 2, 3 and 4

The other modules of the YORP programme are run by The Crew Academy:

Course 2 Foundations of a new build project

Course 3 YOR management and compliance obligations 

Course 4 YOR specialist project, legal and administrations

These courses are run online and can be booked directly via their website.