Chefs working on all UK Flagged vessels must have a food hygiene/ food safety course accredited by the MCA.
Some yachts which are non UK flagged might follow this same rule and some wont.
Online courses in principal are not accepted but during covid the MCA has allowed some to be accepted.
They basically want chefs to prove that they have sat the exam in person so they want some point of contact with the candidate and the test centre that can be proved.
MCA Recognised Food hygiene or Food safety in catering qualifications.
The following is a list of those qualifications and awarding bodies which the Maritime and Coastguard Agency recognise and accept as fulfilling the requirements of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria as set out in Annexe 1 of Merchant Shipping Notice MSN 1846M.
We recommend all chefs working on superyachts sit an approved Level 3 food hygiene course. After all no matter what size of the yacht you work on, you are a department head and in charge of the galley's operations, food hygiene, stores, etc..
NOTE: PLEASE CHECK THE QUALIFICATION NUMBER MATCHES THE ONES ON THIS LIST WHEN BOOKING A COURSE!
Other flagged vessels you need to email the relevant body to ask which course they accept