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So you are interested in becoming a Marine Surveyor?

Marine surveying is an important practice that involves the inspection of water vessels to make sure they meet government and international regulations.


Marine surveyors are highly trained professionals that specialize in surveying a variety of marine vessels.

What does a Marine Surveyor do?

Marine surveyors evaluate, inspect and appraise a variety of marine vessels and watercraft such as ships, yachts, boats, dredges, and tankers to determine overall condition and ensure quality and safety. They monitor and report the conditions of the equipment, machinery, and products of vessels. They conduct a variety of operating tests and inspect interior conditions. They perform their tasks, prepare reports, and provide recommendations for maintenance and repairs. Marine surveyors conduct surveys throughout the life of marine vessels to make sure they are abiding by the necessary standards at all times. Some marine surveyors act as investigators and expert witnesses in marine accidents.

What kind of training does a Marine Surveyor need?

Marine surveyors typically need at least a Diploma or Bachelors Degree in marine surveying or a related field. Some marine surveyors complete formal apprenticeship programmes that combine classroom instruction and paid on the job training. Most employers provide some on the job training to enable new marine surveyors to learn the required policies and procedures. Most marine surveyors obtain Recognition as a Marine Surveyor from the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) to remain competitive in the field. Marine surveyors must complete regular continuing education to maintain their certifications and keep up to date with advancements in the field.

What are the prospects for a career as a Marine Surveyor?

Job prospects should be good especially for marine surveyors with advanced training and extensive experience. Many job openings will result from the need to replace marine surveyors that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.

How much do Marine Surveyors make?

As of 2018, marine surveyors with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between €25,000 and €70,000. Those with 5 to 9 years experience earn average annual salaries between €35,000 and €100,000.

A career as a marine surveyor is a great choice for people with a strong interest in performing a variety of surveying tasks on many different types of marine vessels. Marine surveyors must have a solid understanding of the necessary policies and procedures related to inspecting a variety of vessels. Detail orientation, critical thinking, patience, and good skills are necessary characteristics. Marine surveyors must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a variety of people.

IIMS Professional Qualification in Marine Surveying  

Train for your new career with the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS).

Become a Marine Surveyor  

The Institute's Professional Qualification in Marine Surveying is recognised internationally and provides the knowledge and skills required to work within the marine industry worldwide. You may opt for the Professional Qualification in Commercial Ship Marine Surveying or the Professional Qualification in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying, along with the specialist modules of choice.

The Professional Qualification:

• Is delivered by distance learning – On-Line

• You learn at your own speed

• Includes Student Membership of the Institute

The Professional Qualification will enhance your surveying skills and knowledge to offer you a challenging and rewarding career within a dynamic and diverse sector of the marine industry.

For further information on the Professional Qualification in Marine may click on the website below and may contact us for any additional information you may require. We are the IIMS Educational Partner for Malta, Libya, Cyprus, and Lebanon. 

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