Trinity House Bursaries

Trinity House Bursaries

What is Trinity House?

Red and white lighthouse surrounded by green grass field

The Corporation of Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority for England and Wales, with responsibility for nearly 600 Aids to Navigation from traditional features such as lighthouses, buoys and beacons to the latest satellite navigation technology. In addition it inspects over 10,000 local Aids to Navigation provided by port and harbour authorities, and on offshore structures.

Red and white lighthouse surrounded by green grass field

What is Trinity House?

The Corporation of Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority for England and Wales, with responsibility for nearly 600 Aids to Navigation from traditional features such as lighthouses, buoys and beacons to the latest satellite navigation technology. In addition it inspects over 10,000 local Aids to Navigation provided by port and harbour authorities, and on offshore structures.

Charity

Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514, Trinity House is also a major maritime charity, engaged in the welfare of mariners, education and training, the promotion of safety at sea, and its role as a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority.

As part of its charitable activities, the Corporation generously supports ASTO member organisations by providing substantial funding for bursaries to their Sail Training staff and volunteers who wish to become qualified as mates and masters, or increase their current qualifications.

Candidates who are working or volunteering with an ASTO member and wish to gain both RYA and MCA qualifications should apply. A joint ASTO/Trinity House Awards Panel then interviews the candidates and if suitable the cost of their training and examinations is met by the Trinity House bursary fund.

Charity

Incorporated by Royal Charter in 1514, Trinity House is also a major maritime charity, engaged in the welfare of mariners, education and training, the promotion of safety at sea, and its role as a Deep Sea Pilotage Authority.

As part of its charitable activities, the Corporation generously supports ASTO member organisations by providing substantial funding for bursaries to their Sail Training staff and volunteers who wish to become qualified as mates and masters, or increase their current qualifications.


Candidates who are working or volunteering with an ASTO member and wish to gain both RYA and MCA qualifications should apply


A joint ASTO/Trinity House Awards Panel then interviews the candidates and if suitable the cost of their training and examinations is met by the Trinity House bursary fund.

Trinity House Bursaries

Who can apply for a bursary?

Eligibility

Full criteria for eligibility are detailed in the ‘Guidance Notes, which can be downloaded here

Please note you will usually need to hold a minimum of the RYA Dayskipper practical qualification before being considered for a bursary.

  • Be a British citizen (includes Isle of Man and Channel Islands) or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • Have accrued the qualifying sea-time relevant to the Certificate of Competency (CoC) applied for
  • Be under 40 years of age on application
  • Have Sail Training experience and intend to continue a career working in UK Sail Training

Course Selection

Selected courses must reflect a recognised career progression to the next Certificate of Competency (CoC), developing your overall skill set and ability. Ensure that you select all of the courses required to achieve the CoC applied for. Guidance for which courses are needed are in MGN 280 (for Small Commercial Vessels) and MSN 1858 (for yachts over 24 metres). Both documents are available at the bottom of this page.

RYA course guidance can be found here.  

Please research the relevant publication prior to making your selection.

Please note the Master 200 t qualification is also the Officer of the Watch 500 t, i.e. it will allow you to act as OOW on board Lord Nelson but not Tenacious.

Trinity House Bursaries

Who can apply for a bursary?

Eligibility

Full criteria for eligibility are detailed in the ‘Guidance Notes, which can be downloaded here

Please note you will usually need to hold a minimum of the RYA Dayskipper practical qualification before being considered for a bursary.

  • Be a British citizen (includes Isle of Man and Channel Islands) or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • Have accrued the qualifying sea-time relevant to the Certificate of Competency (CoC) applied for
  • Be under 40 years of age on application
  • Have Sail Training experience and intend to continue a career working in UK Sail Training

Course Selection

Selected courses must reflect a recognised career progression to the next Certificate of Competency (CoC), developing your overall skill set and ability. Ensure that you select all of the courses required to achieve the CoC applied for. Guidance for which courses are needed are in MGN 280 (for Small Commercial Vessels) and MSN 1858 (for yachts over 24 metres). Both documents are available at the bottom of this page.

 

RYA course guidance can be found here

 

Please research the relevant publication prior to making your selection.

Please note the Master 200 t qualification is also the Officer of the Watch 500 t, i.e. it will allow you to act as OOW on board Lord Nelson but not Tenacious.

Guidance notes and application forms can be downloaded from the links below.

Interviews for Trinity House bursaries are usually 3 times a year, in March, September and December. 

Please send your application at any time and you will be invited to the next available interview. 

Please contact ASTO for any questions or advice in completing your application form.

Guidance notes and application forms can be downloaded from the links below

Interviews for Trinity House bursaries are usually 3 times a year, in March, September and December. 

Please send your application at any time and you will be invited to the next available interview. 

Please contact ASTO for any questions or advice in completing your application form.

Download

Application Form

(save to hard drive, complete and email, or print and send)

Download

Guidance Notes

Download

MSN 1858

Download

Application Form

(save to hard drive, complete and email, or print and send)

Download

Guidance Notes

Download

MSN 1858

Please note: Applications for individual courses, updates or instructional qualifications will NOT be considered.

Please note: Applications for individual courses, updates or instructional qualifications will NOT be considered.