Navigation Assessor

Invest in your career with our Navigation Assessor Courses

This course explores key issues and provides practical advice on:

  • What defines an assessment
  • Improving safety and best practice
  • How to conduct the assessment with a systematic approach
  • Preparing an effective report.

Who is this course aimed at? Personnel requiring to demonstrate they hold a qualification to be able to conduct navigation audits stipulated in TMSA3 element 5, Marine Consultants, Surveyors, Inspectors, Marine Managers, Superintendents, Shipmasters preparing for navigation assessments.

Award of the Navigation Assessor's Qualification is dependent upon successful completion of 2 phases:

Part A

Which consists of a theoretical examination to determine a candidate's understanding of the course content. This exam is undertaken at the end of the two day course.

Part B

Which consists of undertaking an actual Navigation Assessment and submitting a Navigational Assessment report for review. This report should closely follow the guidelines delivered during the course and contained within the presentation.

Please note: 

  • The 2019 fee to complete part B is £400 (+VAT).
  • Part A and B must be completed within 6 months of the course start date. 
  • Part B report submissions to be made to

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is that students will be:

  • Internal Assessor: Master Mariner (Class 1 Certificate of Competency) from a ‘White List’ country.
  • External Assessor: as above and have command experience for a minimum of 12 months.

Applications will also be considered from applicants who can demonstrate an equivalent level of professional service in the maritime sector.

Meet your instructor

Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI
Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI

Short course instructor

Captain Sarabjit Butalia FNI is a Nautical Institute Fellow who specialises in maritime education and training. Captain Butalia has years of experience as an onboard assessor, has an MSc in Maritime Affairs from the World Maritime University, Malmö. He designs and develops safety modules and training programmes based on need analysis to enhance skills and efficiency.
Captain Michael Rydén AFNI
Captain Michael Rydén AFNI

Short course instructor

Captain Michael Rydén AFNI has over 25 years' experience at sea and ashore. A certified lead auditor and navigation assessor, he has conducted over 500 audits, inspections and assessments including leading on incident investigations.
Captain Mark Bull FNI
Captain Mark Bull FNI

Mark started his career in 1970 and the seagoing element spanned 27 years. He moved ashore in 1997, qualifying as an ISM / ISO Lead auditor, one year before the introduction of the ISM Code.

He has held the roles of Marine Superintendent, Fleet Manager, Quality Manager, Designated Person Ashore and Company Security Officer. He has also been a Loss Prevention Manager at an IG P&I Club.

With in depth and extensive experience of auditing and safety management systems, he undertook his first navigational audit in 1978. It has been his full time occupation since 2014.


What will I receive?

The Nautical Institute's Navigation Assessor Course complements The Nautical Institute’s specialist publication Navigation Assessments: A guide to best practice.
Each course attendee will receive a complimentary copy of the highly acclaimed book Navigation Assessments - a guide to best practice (worth £50) on the day of the course!
Upon the completion of this course, students will aslo receive a certificate.

Booking in Hong Kong or Singapore?

For Hong Kong or Singapore course bookings, please email or for all other bookings, please click on the 'Book now' button on the right of the page.

Further information about Part B

The candidate applying for the External Navigation Assessor qualification must hold a valid Navigation Assessor Part A certificate issued by the Nautical Institute within the last year.

In addition, the candidate shall undertake a practical assessment for five days on board a vessel. The practical assessment must be done individually.

The report should be made in an approved format with all relevant sections filled.

The navigational assessment documentation should be signed by the attending assessor and sent to The Nautical Institute by e-mail. Candidates should submit a sufficiently anonymised report that ensures the actual ship, owner, manager or other entity cannot be identified from the report.

The practical assessment evaluation shall consist of a review of a completed navigational assessment report following an on-board navigation assessment and an interview by The Nautical Institute appointed assessor.

On successful passing of the assessment, the candidate will be awarded with Navigation Assessor certificate.

All assessment documentation will be retained by The Nautical Institute.

Navigation Assessor Course- Part B Certificate (2018 Part B applicants) 

Click here to make payment for a 2018 part B report submission.

Navigation Assessor Course- Part B Certificate (2019 Part B applicants)

Click here to make payment for a 2019 part B report submission.