Trinity House

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 at the bottom of this page.

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.

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.

Full criteria for eligibility are detailed in the 'Guidance Notes'  below. Please note you will usually need to hold a minimum of the RYA Dayskipper practical qualification before being considered for bursary.

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 m). RYA course guidance can be found online at  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.

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


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

Guidance Notes 

MSN 1858 

Extract from MGN 280