There are many benefits of being a member of the International Institute of Marine Surveying.
As a Full, Technician or Associate Member, you are entitled to use the appropriate designatory letters after your name to show your professional commitment and membership of the Institute.
• MEMBERSHIP TRAVEL SCHEME
IIMS has appointed Norad Travel Group to run its Membership Travel Service scheme. The scheme offers a range of exclusive benefits for IIMS members only. Click to read more about the scheme.
• NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
From time to time, you will be invited to attend seminars and forums, which will increase your knowledge in specific areas of marine surveying. It will allow you the opportunity to network with other members from different parts of the world as we are an international organisation.
• MEMBERSHIP IDENTITY CARD
IIMS members receive a membership card once their subscription is paid. It is renewed each year. The card carries the necessary details about each member and can be used to help gain access to marinas, ports, harbours and other marine establishments, or simply to prove your identity.
• ONLINE TRAINING SEMINARS
You will be invited to participate in a series of increasingly popular online training seminars delivered at different time points by video conferencing on regular basis covering a variety of marine surveying topics by industry experts. These seminars are charged at a modest sum. You receive a recording of the seminar for future reference and supporting presentation after the event. Click for details of forthcoming online seminars.
• WEBSITE MEMBER LOGIN AREA
All members are given access to a password protected members’ only area on this website. Here you can manage your account and pay invoices for membership and other services online. Head Office can also post messages to your personal inbox for you to read.
• IIMS WEBSITE
Access to this site, the Institute’s comprehensive website – a mine of information – with over one thousand relevant news stories and features to search and read. Fresh news content published most days.
• MEMBERSHIP NEWS BULLETIN
Distributed electronically each month in pdf format, the news bulletin aims to keep members up to date with head office news, as well as what’s happening internationally around the IIMS world.
• MEMBERSHIP MAGAZINE
As a member, you will receive an electronic copy, readable as a pdf or in e-reader format, of the Institute’s quarterly magazine The Report. Each issue is full of topical articles, case studies and membership news, much of it unique and commissioned only for the Institute. Members and non-members are invited to submit articles for the magazine, which in turn earns valuable CPD points. Printed copies of the magazine are available at a cost by contacting Head Office.
• USE OF INSTITUTE LOGO
Certain grades of IIMS membership are entitled to use the Institute’s logo for marketing purposes, subject to adherence to the rules.
Institute Logo (pdf format).
• SURVEYOR SEARCH
All active surveying members are granted entry into the searchable online directory of surveyors, which can be found on this site. members often say how valuable this listing is as a source of business; so if you are a member, please make sure the information published about you is accurate and current.
• GEOGRAPHIC MAP SEARCH
All active surveying members are plotted on a map with a unique pin so that they can easily be found by location.
• PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
IIMS members are entitled to a discount of 10% off the published cost of studying one of the two IIMS Professional Qualifications and Diplomas.
• EVENTS & CONFERENCES
The Institute organises a range of events around the world both via Head Office at a local branch level too. Additionally, Conferences, the AGM and Institute Dinner are held annually in the UK. Dates and details of forthcoming events can be found here.
• LARGE YACHT & SMALL CRAFT WORKING GROUP TRAINING WORKSHOPS
There are regular large yacht and small craft working group gatherings, featuring technical seminars held at various locations each year around the UK and Mediterranean to which you will be invited. A modest charge applies to attend these one-day training days. Dates and details of forthcoming LYSCWG events can be found here.
• CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT APP
All professional bodies expect their members to be responsible for maintaining their continuing professional development (CPD). Based on the requirement to acquire 10 points per calendar year, IIMS has made this very easy to do through the use of a specially developed App. The App is free for members to download and use – available in Android and IoS formats, there is a web-based version too. Click this link to find out about the CPD requirements and how to access and use the CPD App.
• NOTIFICATION OF SAFETY BRIEFINGS
Dozens of safety briefings following incidents and accidents have been collated, categorised and published on this website and members are notified when new content is added. Easy access to full reports is available.
• COPYRIGHT FREE PHOTO BANK
Free access to hundreds of copyright free images that can be used in marketing material, websites and anywhere else, all available via a password protected page on this website. Contact IIMS HQ for the password.
• TRAIN AS YOU TRAVEL AUDIO PODCASTS
Members may access any of the original IIMS audio training podcasts free. There are 44 podcasts and over 31 hours of training content to choose from. Once you have selected the one you want to hear, it can be played either through the website page itself, or you can it download it directly on to your listening device. For best sound quality you are recommended to use ear or headphones.
• WEB DESIGN SERVICE
Steve Welsh of Lahive Creative Design, a specialist website WordPress developer (who was heavily involved in creating this site) is able to offer IIMS members web design services at a specially negotiated and substantially discounted rate. Contact Camella Robertson our Membership Secretary by email or click here for further details.
• EASY ACCESS TO IIMS SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
IIMS is active on social media and maintains LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, both of which are updated regularly. Check out the IIMS Twitter feed @IIMSmarine. Join the IIMS LinkedIn group and keep abreast of the exchange of views and ideas from surveyors around the world.
• ACCESS TO ORIGINAL VIDEO CONTENT
Members are notified when new video content is added to the IIMS YouTube channel called Marine Surveying IIMS and are free to watch the content at their leisure. There are well over 100 videos featuring original content made by the Institute to watch.