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Container and Chassis Inspector Certifications, and Training in Chassis,Van Inspection, and Safe Containers

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Established in 1971, the Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) is the leading trade association of the container and chassis leasing industry. The IICL's membership engages in leasing marine cargo containers and chassis to vessel operators and other organizations on a broad international basis. Members own or manage a significant portion of the global leased container and U.S. chassis fleets. The IICL is active in governmental, regulatory, customs, tax, and educational, technological and environmental fields. The IICL maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Institute conducts activities by means of a Technology Committee and a Tax and Legal Committee comprised of representatives from member companies and through its staff at IICL headquarters. It is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is active with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), World Customs Organization (WCO), and various other UN organizations.


The education and training section offers two key components that include training and testing of individuals for all technical responsibilities of the industry. These programs offer the student the ability to start with the basics of inspection and repair for all equipment types and make them ready for the certification program of IICL. More than 3,700 container inspectors, in 69 countries, are currently certified by IICL, and more than 1,200 companies and company branches employ IICL certified container inspectors.

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Certification & Training Programs

Certification Exams




  • Container Inspector Certification Examination: The IICL Container Inspector's Certification Examination is held once a year around the world in over 69 tests centers. No preparatory classes or courses are available from IICL; self-study is required. The 2-1/2 hour Container Inspector's Examination (in English only) will consist of 100 multiple choice questions based the IICL guides and manuals listed in the Container Examination Information Bulletin. The certification is valid for five years, after which, an inspector must pass the exam again to become re-certified. The IICL has developed the Container Inspection Examination program to further promote important industry wide matters of proper inspection, repair, maintenance and operational issues. The exam, which is based upon various IICL manuals, allows the student to understand technical aspects and the complexities of maintaining and operating various equipment types. In preparing for the exam the applicant will be asked to study 7 IICL publications as well as technical bulletins 002 and 013 which is the bases for all questions contained in the exam.
  • Chassis Inspector Certification Examination: The IICL Chassis Inspector's Certification Examination is held once a year in 20 test centers located in five countries. The certification is valid for five years, after which, an inspector must pass the exam again to become re-certified. The IICL has developed the Chassis Inspection Examination program to further promote important industry wide matters of proper inspection, repair, maintenance and operational issues. The exam, which is based upon the chassis inspection and maintenance guide, 4th edition, allows the student to understand technical aspects and the complexities of maintaining and operating various equipment types. In preparing for the exam the applicant will be asked to study the IICL publication which is the bases for all questions contained in the exam. Individuals who pass the IICL chassis inspection examination will have a sound foundation for continuing their education in the chassis industry and allow them to move on to more specialized industry related issues.

Container, Dry Van and Chassis Training Courses

  • Refrigerated Container Inspection & Repair (Reefer) Training Course: The IICL Refrigerated Container Inspection & Repair (Reefer) Training Course offers intensive instruction of IICL reefer container inspection and repair. Other topics planned for the course will be drawn from the following - reefer body and machinery construction and operation. Depot sessions will provide practical demonstrations of principles discussed in class.
  • Dry Van Inspection & Repair Training Course: The Dry Van Inspection Course is an excellent way for anyone involved with container operations, maintenance and logistics to obtain a broader knowledge about containers. The course addresses regulations, plates, design, identification marks, ISO codes, the Convention for Safe Containers, need for standards, damage, wear and tear, non-conforming repairs, inspections and measurement techniques, repairs and their limitation. Participants are exposed to a wide scope of topics and understanding about the IICL inspection and repair standards.
  • Chassis Inspection & Repair Training Course: Students review in detail IICL's Guide for Container Chassis Inspection & Maintenance, Fourth Edition, which includes sections on types of chassis with accompanying photographs; inspection procedures; repair worthiness and typical damage and wear with accompanying photographs of chassis conditions; and inspection criteria for chassis, as well as sections on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.

IICL Online Courses

  • IICL Preparatory Course for the Container Inspector Certification Exam (online): The IICL Online Preparatory Course for the IICL Container Examination was developed to assist individuals preparing to take the exam. The online training course consists of 3 modules having slides and movies addressing inspections, repairs including proper inspection practices and recommended repair criteria selection.
  • IICL Preparatory Course for the Container Inspector Certification Exam (online): The IICL Online Preparatory Course for the IICL Container Examination was developed to assist individuals preparing to take the exam. The online training course consists of 3 modules having slides and movies addressing inspections, repairs including proper inspection practices and recommended repair criteria selection.
  • Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) Training (online): International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972 - Included in this training class are the key articles of the convention as well as testing requirements set forth by ISO. The class will allow the student to understand the basic requirements of CSC and also allow them the ability to ask the instructor questions.