* To select multiple countries or surveys highlight an option in blue then hold down the ctrl key on your keyboard before making a second selection. You should satisfy yourself that your chosen surveyor is competent to do your job.
IIMS has a proven track record in helping hundreds of students to gain formal qualifications in marine surveying over many years. The course material is current and accurate – and is regarded as the most comprehensive study material of its kind at this level. Experienced authors, markers and assessors. Less expensive than other comparable courses. The only professional body to offer a formal marine surveying qualification.
You need at least a Senior school education to include two or three A-levels in appropriate science subjects, a Level 3 Diploma qualification or an equivalent are necessary. Some experience of the marine environment either leisure or commercial would be an advantage. English is used throughout the course and you should be able to communicate both verbally and in writing in English. Each Unit has an assignment is technical in nature and must be submitted in English.
All course materials and student help are available in English only. If you do not have a good grasp of the English language you are likely to struggle and be unsuccessful with the course and should not apply.
The cost of the course is £2,500. If you wish to upgrade your qualification to an Advanced Professional qualification, the cost is an additional £1,000. Hard copies of the course unit incur an extra charge. There is a payment plan to help students spread the cost. Course fees are VAT exempt.
Your fees cover all course material, assessing, marking and access to the education support team if required. It may, however, suggest that you could benefit from additional reading and suggest research material at your own expense, but you may be able to get access to these from your local library.
The IIMS is recognised worldwide and the Institute has 1,000 members. The qualification is accepted by the maritime sector, insurance companies, the small craft and commercial shipping industry in most countries.
Yes, there is support from the IIMS. The education team is always happy to give advice and information to students. They can also answer any questions you may have while completing the course. There is also a LinkedIn discussion group especially for students that they are encouraged to join. Markers feedback comments to students to help them.
IIMS is very aware of the need for practical training and would recommend that students on the course get as much contact with the marine industry as they can. IIMS runs practical courses at the Portchester office and elsewhere. There could however be additional cost in gaining practical knowledge.
Yes you can. We realise that not everyone has the time or desire to study for the formal qualification; so it is possible to purchase individual course units. See the buy a unit page for further details.