Certificate of Boat Management

The Inland Waterways Association Certificate of Boat Management scheme applies to operators of small passenger boats on certain prescribed inland waterways of Britain.

The majority of these passenger boats are operated by volunteers as fund raising enterprises for charities and trusts or to promote their waterway. The scheme is NOT designed to apply to scheduled Public Transport Service operations.

  • The Inland Waterways Association Certificate of Boat Management scheme ensures that:
    Accreditation and certification of persons managing and steering small passenger boats is achieved through a system of structured training & assessment;
  • Training and assessment of such persons is appropriate to the operation of small passenger boats carrying not more than 12 passengers on Category A waters (narrow - shallow, low risk) as defined by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency;
  • Currently practising small passenger boat steerers can claim competency established through long term knowledge & performance of the role. This is referred to as Non Accredited Prior Qualification. A Royal Yachting Association or National Community Boats Association approved and qualified trainer will assess persons claiming established competency. A successful claimant will be issued with an IWA Boat Management Certificate;
  • The IWA Certificate of Boat Management Scheme is designed to ensure passenger and crew safety within the identified area of operation.