Individual membership

The Nautical Institute is a thriving membership organisation, open to all those with a professional interest in the control of sea-going ships and other maritime matters.

Become a member and enjoy some great benefits...

  • Formal acknowledgement of your professional status, including being able to display your Nautical Institute membership on your CV, business card, email signature etc
  • Network with colleagues, prospective employers and customers at local Institute branch events and seminars

  • Protect yourself against the threat of criminalisation through specialist legal fees cover

  • Receive your monthly copy of Seaways, the Institute's highly respected international maritime journal (delivered to you as a printed magazine but also readable online)

  • Take a free online training course every 12 months courtesy of one of the world's leading maritime e-learning providers, Ocean Technologies Group

  • Listen online to technical webinars and presentations given at key Nautical Institute events

  • Gain discounted entry to leading maritime conferences and events around the world

  • Have your voice heard at IMO, IALA and other key forums on important policy issues

  • Take advantage of big discounts on all Nautical Institute books, short courses and self-study schemes

  • Access a wide range of free online business related courses via the Skillshub platform, and receive a CPD certificate on successful completion of each course.

  • Get your CV and LinkedIn profile reviewed for free and access discounted personal branding and CV writing services.

How much does it cost to be a member?

Our most common grade of membership is 'MNI', the cost of which is £143 per year (plus a one-off joining fee of £30). Or it could be as little as £75 per year (plus £18 one-off joining fee) if you live in a Less Developed Country (LDC) economically. Better still, if you choose to pay by PayPal Recurring or Direct Debit you won't have to pay a joining fee. For full details of all Nautical Institute membership categories and fees please download the 'Membership Brochure 2020-21' shown above right. 

(Please note: in many countries fees paid to professional bodies such as The Nautical Institute are allowable for tax deduction purposes.)

Different membership grades...

Associate Member (AMNI)

Must match one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be undertaking an approved course of initial maritime training or education
  • Hold a Rating or Boatmaster qualification
  • Hold a non-management level maritime appointment

Notwithstanding the criteria set out above, Council reserves the right in the maintenance of professional standards to consider all applications for membership on their merits and its decision shall be final.

Member (MNI)

Must match one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has been issued a Certificate of Competency by an IMO 'white list' Marine Administration under STCW '78/'95 as amended
  • Has held an equivalent pre-STCW 1978 Certificate of Competency issued by a Marine Administration on the basis of examination
  • Has been issued other acceptable maritime qualifications, including:
    - A licence as a maritime Pilot of sea-going vessels
    - A Naval qualification equivalent to an STCW Certificate of Competency
    - The Nautical Institute's Dynamic Positioning Operator Certificate
    - The Nautical Institute's Square Rig, Harbourmaster or Command Certificates
    - Approved qualifications as a Harbourmaster, VTS V-103, Marine Surveyor, Designated Person, Professional Yachtmaster or Officer of the Watch issued by a national Marine Administration, Maritime lawyer, or Maritime Heath and Welfare Professional
  • Council may accept a minimum of three years experience in lieu of formal qualifications from management level maritime professionals
  • Has other qualifications or experience accepted by Council for this purpose
Associate Fellow (AFNI)

Must satisfy the Executive Board as to his/her qualifications, professional development and experience, and match one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has held a Class 1 Master Mariner certificate of competency or military command qualification and have sailed in command of a commercial or naval foreign-going vessel for a minimum period of six months; or
  • Has held an alternative command qualification and served in command of a vessel greater than 500 GT for a minimum period of one year; or
  • Has served as a marine pilot for a period of not less than 5 years and been responsible for handling ships of over 150 metres in length; or
  • Has served as a Harbour Master for a period of not less than 3 years and holds a relevant graduate-level qualification; or
  • Has held senior management positions ashore for a period of not less than 1 year, while holding a relevant post-graduate level qualification.  The role should be of equivalent standing to command at sea such as superintendent following service as a senior sea-going officer, or appointment as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer or Head of Health and Safety typically responsible for a sizeable workforce; or
  • Has other qualifications or experience accepted by Council for this purpose.
Fellow (FNI)

Election by nomination after a minimum of five years continuous membership and significant contribution to the profession.

For more information on fellowship nomination please download our Fellowship Nomination Guidance form...

Unsure which grade to apply for?

Apply for the Member (MNI) grade or email with your details for a response.

The staff, on behalf of Council and its Nominations Committee, will assess the application and either assign the appropriate grade or refer the application to the Nominations Committee for a decision. The membership and joining fees will be adjusted accordingly if necessary.

What our members say...


What we are working on for you...

  • Enhancing the work of the Institute's Younger Members Council
  • Introducing a new NI App for all Nautical Institute members
  • Using the Institute's new Legacy Scheme to support education and training initiatives
  • Introducing a one-to-one mentoring scheme, harnessing members’ knowledge and experience
  • Establishing a database of experts drawn from the Institute's membership, to identify and share best practice