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Nautical Institute - Master Mariner Certification & CPD Programs


Chartered Master Mariner (CMMar), Short Courses, Online Programs for Professionals and Members at NI Academy & Nautical Institute Books

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Established in 1971 and headquartered in London, the Nautical Institute (NI) is an international representative body for maritime professionals provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of over 7000 members in over 110 countries. Nautical Institute also accredit a number of maritime technical training schemes.

The Nautical Institute offers a wide range of accreditation services, from being the sole recognized certification provider for Dynamic Positioning Training to providing one-off audits for compliance against a known standard. It has the capability to operate a full international certification scheme or to work on behalf of Flag Administrations as a designated authority.

The Institute is particularly well known for its wide range of specialist maritime books and guides. There are four levels of membership for qualified maritime professionals - Fellow (FNI), Associate Fellow (AFNI), Member (MNI), and Associate Member (AMNI).

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Certification & CPD Programs

Chartered Master Mariner (CMMar)

  • The award of Chartered status is a gold-standard for those who deserve the accolade of eminence. It will serve to recognize Master Mariners who have not only benefited the industry but have also improved their own professional capability and demonstrated a willingness to help others.
  • To ensure the status of Chartered Master Mariner commands equivalent recognition and professional respect to other technical disciplines, the path to attaining Chartered status is designed to thoroughly test and prove those who would aspire to achieve it. Candidates should understand that not all who apply will be successful and that all application fees are non-refundable.
  • Thereis no examination and the selection procedure is rigorous. Candidates will need to give details of two referees prepared to support their application. Membership of a professional body is not essential, but may help an applicant. If the application has been successful, a candidate will normally be told within 10 weeks of the interview.

NI Academy Short Courses

  • Behavioural Competency Assessor: This course has been designed to provide industry guidance on competency assessment. This course is aimed at person/s conducting competency-based assessments of seafarers on board vessels.
  • Blockchain for Maritime Professionals - The Fundamentals: Blockchain and Digital Transformation strategies to turbocharge your business future. Delivered using the latest interactive learning tools such as guided workshops, demonstrations and much more - this online course is specifically designed to support the professional development.
  • Criminalisation of the Mariner: This course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to critically evaluate the development, aims and application of the modern law of criminal accountability and to enable them to resolve problems by risk management within the context of marine operations.
  • Designated Person(s) Ashore (DPA): In this course, the participants will be fully prepared to assume the role of a DPA. The course provides participants with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to implement and maintain a company’s SMS as required by the ISM Code.
  • Leadership and Management in a Maritime Context: This qualification is divided into two levels, Basic and Advanced. Each level contains modules which cover a varying number of relevant topics and which will enable participants to explore what leadership is and learn how the skills of leadership can significantly improve skills as a manager.
  • Leadership and Management in the Maritime Domain: This program is designed for aspiring and/or practising middle managers, helping them to develop their skills and experience, improve performance and prepare for senior management responsibilities. The program allows participants to use core management techniques to drive better results and to develop ability to lead, motivate and inspire. It also prepares the participant for strategic leadership as well as day-to-day management and benchmarking managerial skills.
  • Introduction to Marine Insurance: This course enables the participant to understand the critical role of insurance in reducing different risks related to marine operations to the level accepted by the stakeholders in the undertaking - in other words the parties who will be exposed to liability if the risk matures.
  • Introduction to Marine Salvage: This course enables the participant to understand the role of salvage in reducing the risk to properties in hazard, to the level accepted by the stakeholders in the undertaking.
  • Introduction to Shipping: The online Introduction to Shipping course is delivered for six hours spread over two days and is designed to give newcomers to the maritime industry a basic understanding of the vessels, the stakeholders and how they interact.
  • ISM Lead Auditor: This is an intensive five-day remote course, designed to give participants the expertise and the understanding required to conduct a full audit of an organisation’s Management Systems in the role of Lead Auditor dedicated to the ISM Code.
  • ISM Lead Auditor - Fishing: By adopting an auditable Fishing Safety Management System, supported by The Nautical Institute ISM Lead Auditor’s course, operators are documenting all their safety and welfare activity and have peace of mind that they are compliant with regulations.
  • Mastering Vetting: This course is a five-day intensive program that aims to familiarise industry personnel with vetting and the new SIRE 2.0 inspection regime.
  • Maritime Cyber Awareness for Seafarers: This online course supports the shipping community as it implements the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Resolution MSC.428(98) requiring shipping companies to address cyber risks in their Safety Management Systems (SMS). 
  • Marine Incident Investigation: Created for participants who engage in investigation of marine incidents and accidents, The Nautical Institute's Marine Incident Investigation course is an ideal course to help you expand your skills and knowledge of incident investigation.
  • Navigation Assessor: This course is aimed at personnel requiring to demonstrate they hold a qualification to be able to conduct navigation audits stipulated in TMSA3 element 5, and includes; Marine Consultants, Surveyors, Inspectors, Marine Managers, Superintendents, and Shipmasters preparing for navigation assessments.
  • Onboard Assessment: This course has been designed to provide industry guidance for course participants who engage in the assessment of seafarers and carry out behavioural competency assessments on-board under voyage conditions.

NI Academy Self Study Schemes

  • Command Diploma Scheme: Designed to help you prepare for the responsibilities and realities of command at sea, the Scheme comprises a well thought-out programme of self-directed learning, with practical assignments plus a final essay and interview. At its core are the subjects that existing and aspiring Masters have identified as areas of concern - onboard leadership and management, navigation and shiphandling, ship’s commercial business and coping with emergencies. Award of The Nautical Institute Command Diploma offers you a way to build your confidence and to distinguish yourself from your colleagues.
  • Harbour Master Scheme: Whilst it is impossible to cover all the subjects that are relevant to the position of Harbour Master, anyone completing the course of study will have a good grounding and be well prepared for the work of the Harbour Master.
  • International Sail Endorsement Scheme: Together The Nautical Institute and Sail Training International (STI) have developed a new 'International Sail Endorsement Scheme' (ISES) that enables both square rig and fore-and-aft sailors to complete practical tasks and aquire new knowledge before being assessed and endorsed.

Nautical Institute Publications and Guides

The Nautical Institute is a major maritime publisher with over 200 titles to its credit. Many of these books have become industry standards and are acknowledged by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The hallmark of Institute publications is that they are 'Practical Guides' written 'by practitioners for practitioners'.

  • Admiralty Manual of Navigation Vol 2: Astro Navigation
  • Casualty Management Guidelines
  • Handling Ships in First-Year Ice
  • Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners
  • Launch and Recovery of Boats from Ships
  • Modern Watchkeeping and the Human Element: DVD
  • Mooring and Anchoring Ships: Inspection and Maintenance: Vol. 2
  • Navigation Accidents and Their Causes
  • Shiphandling Logbook
  • The Use of Visual Aids to Navigation
  • Plus more

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