As a skipper you must have some knowledge of how to run a business. This includes everything from how to sail a vessel and process the fish properly to how to manage the crew on board.
More specifically, while training as a skipper you will learn everything there is to know about navigation, radio communication and much more.
When you have completed the course and begin using your newly acquired skills, you will be the captain of the ship.
The exam for skipper (3rd degree) is the programme to choose if you want to sail vessels smaller than 45 metres in length on short voyages.
The exam for skipper (1st degree) is the programme to choose if you want to sail all types of vessels, regardless of size and waters.