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Flag state inspections & Classification surveys Advanced Diploma

Statutory Surveyor and Flag State Inspector

Introduction

Flag State Inspections (FSI) are used by flag states to ensure satisfactory standards are being maintained on board vessels flying their flag.
Flag State Inspections are carried out by approved Flag State Inspectors and include verification of statutory documentation and a general examination of the vessel's structure, machinery and equipment as well as a more thorough inspection and/or operational testing of firefighting equipment, lifesaving appliances and safety equipment, studying this course will help you go through all these tasks and more.


Objectives

  • Perform ship inspection according to technical and ethical standards;
  • Collect relevant documents and data in each technical area;
  • Perform on-site measurements;
  • Assess risk based on relevant findings;
  • Recommend control measures;
  • Communicate results (findings and control measures recommended).


Minimum Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this Course, however, in order to fully benefit from the training, it is recommended that the participants are either new entrants to the shipping industry or professional staff in shipping companies, ship brokers, port agencies, insurance inspectors, banks and similar service organisations can gain a valuable understanding of their customers roles and responsibilities.
The comprehensive documentation that accompanies the course has been designed as a useful guide for future reference.

Who Should Attend

The Maritime field is extremely broad and brings about relationships with a variety of people with varying levels of experience from the many different aspects of shipping therefore this Course is suitable for a broad range of maritime related professionals and regularly attracts ships’ officers and shore-based management staff.
But the course is also valuable to Classification Societies, Marine Insurers, P&I Club Managers, Port Authorities and Coast Guard personnel amongst others.
The course is conducted online and provides a wonderful chance to build your international professional network without having to afford any travel expenses. Often more than 10 nationalities participate and are introduced to each other thanks to our education portal features.

  • Producers, Traders or Commodities Brokers and Suppliers
  • Ship agent, Shipbrokers
  • Shipowners, Charterers, Shippers and Maritime Attorneys
  • Purchasers and Technical Managers and Superintendents
  • Captains, Chief Engineers and Ship Staff
  • Insurance Company Underwriters, claims handlers, and members of the legal profession
  • Service providers, Surveyors, Inspectors, Analysts, Technical advisers
  • Practicing cargo agents, Freight forwarders, Shipping Industry starters, cargo consolidators
  • Other professionals.


Mr. Jose RODRIGEZ: surveyor in East Cost Marine Mozambique.

The course covered a lot of information, delivered in good way and easy to absorb. The structure was clear, logical and effective. LMI has obviously put a lot of thought and expertise into it.

Mr. KARDASILARIS DIMITRIS: Staff captain- Greece.

Very happy with the course I took here. Originally, I was a bit unsure of what to expect as I had never done anything to do with distance learning at all, but the content of the course and the way in which the tutor helped me it was extremely easy to follow. 

Mr. Lilian aghaunor: Marine Executive in Hull Blyth – Nigeria.

I have found a new appreciation and understanding of the world of Marine Surveying. My level of knowledge is higher than ever and I have seen a vast improvement in my skills.”

Course Content

4 Compulsory subjects:

  • Introduction to ship inspection;
  • Naval Architecture & Stability;
  • Reports and Report writing;
  • Essential Law for Cargo and Marine Surveyors.

+12 Speciality subjects:

  • Classification and Statutory Surveys
  • Hull Structure;
  • Machinery Systems;
  • Subdivision and Stability;
  • Load Line;
  • Tonnage;
  • Structural Fire Protection;
  • Safety Equipment;
  • Oil Pollution Prevention;
  • Noxious Liquid Substances Pollution Prevention;
  • Radio Equipment;
  • Carriage of Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk;
  • Carriage of Liquefied Gases in Bulk.

Duration

Each module is expected to involve 6 hours of learning time each week, making a total of 52 hours per 2 months period and the associated tests might be completed in less than 2 hours.
The training sections don’t have to be completed in one session, you may return to it as often as you like, the system will bookmark your last page so you are returned directly to where you exited the program.

Timeframe

This course will remain open for 9 months for completion or revision starting from the date of course uploading on the student portal.
One or more extensions of study totaling not more than 6 months may be requested by a student and authorised by the Course Director. The request should be made at least one day prior to the end of the period of study.
Further extensions are used where exceptional circumstances necessitate an extension of the normal period of study in order to complete the final test. An agreed extension may involve the payment of small additional fees.

Teaching Methods

In line with the LMI’s general approach and the best international standards, the course is designed with the aim of providing excellent training with an emphasis on its concrete application in the job, professional and company principal related activities.
The training include a course framework (detailing the scope, objective, entry standards, and other information about the course), a course outline (timetable), a detailed teaching syllabus (including the learning objectives that should have been achieved when the course has been completed by students), guidance notes and summary of how the students will be evaluated.
The course involves mainly independent study with the assistance of the educational team; study time, in general, is to be spent on activities such as studying the lecture course material and textbooks and preparing your coursework in order to be ready to take the final test.
Your progress in the subjects taught will be tested and consolidated through exercises related to actual Flag State inspector cases.


Modes of attendance

This course can be attended only:
Online, via a cutting-edge web platform.

Compliance with regulations

Lloyd’s Maritime Institute is an accredited training institution by the International Association of Marine Consultants and Surveyors. The LMI methodology and tools are based upon long-term experience in development of training programs and best practices while ensuring compliance with maritime codes, conventions and regulations in the shipping industry.
This course is intended to facilitate access to the knowledge and skills demanded by increasingly sophisticated maritime technology, it is also designed to meet the requirements of:

RPL & Skills Recognition

Sometimes an experience is more valuable than a qualification. Thanks to Recognition of Prior Learning or, RPL, now your previous skills, experience and working knowledge can lessen the time it takes you to complete a course and get you working towards your career goals faster. It can be difficult to find the time and effort to fit an entire course into our lives, especially for those already working and juggling other commitments. Despite the convenience of online courses, there can still be an issue with time. This is where Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) comes into play, where your previous skills, experience or qualifications can shorten the time it takes to undergo a course and allow you to become eligible for qualifications you may not otherwise be able to do. For instance, you can use RPL to claim some but not all credits on a level of the course (for example, to avoid completing a module that covers the knowledge you already have).

Sources of RPL

RPL can come from previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. RPL is also known as prior learning assessment (PLA) and prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR).

Types of RPL

There are 3 types of RPL you can put towards a qualification:
1. Credit transfer
2. Prior certificated learning
3. Prior experiential learning
You can put more than one of these types of RPL towards a qualification.

1. Credit transfer

Credit transfer is when you put credits from a previous higher education qualification towards a new qualification. We can accept credits from qualifications you've completed in the last 10 years.
Higher education qualifications include Professional Certificates, Professional Diplomas, Foundation and Bachelor's degrees, HNC and HNDs, and Master's degrees issued after the successful achievement of either web-based distance learning programs or traditional classroom education.
If you started but didn't complete a higher education course or you have a higher education qualification or credits from an educational institution, you may be able to use prior certified learning (see below) instead of credit transfer.

2. Prior certificated learning

Prior certificated learning is a higher level learning that didn't result in a higher education qualification or credits.
This can include professional development and employment-based awards, qualifications awarded by professional bodies, non-university higher education, unaccredited institutions of higher education, and university courses you didn't complete.

3. Prior experiential learning

Prior experiential learning relates to knowledge and skills you've gained through previous marine industry experience. For example, through employment or voluntary work.

Applying for RPL

The way you apply for RPL depends on the type of RPL you want to put towards your qualification.
Before you apply for RPL, you need to have applied for your course or be registered on it. Details of how to apply will be confirmed by the course's RPL advisor.

Applying for credit transfer RPL

To transfer credits from a previous higher education level qualification towards a new qualification, complete this form RPL Application Form and send it to usma@usmacademy.com.

Applying for prior certificated learning and prior experiential learning RPL

To convert prior certificated learning and prior experiential learning into credits you can put towards a qualification, you'll need to put together a portfolio of evidence with your application.
To do this, complete this form RPL Application Form and send it with your portfolio of evidence to usma@usmacademy.com. We'll put you in touch with your course's RPL advisor. Defence forces training and experience:
Some defence forces training and experience have standard RPL credit ratings and won't need a portfolio of evidence.

Getting a decision

You'll get a decision on your application for RPL within 3 working days of submitting your form.
If you don't agree with the decision, you can appeal it by emailing usma@usmacademy.com.

How much does RPL cost?

Applying for RPL is free for all of our courses.

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