Navigation Assessor

Invest in your career with our Navigation Assessor online course.

The Nautical Institute's Navigation Assessors 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 the course aimed at? 

The Navigation Assessors course is aimed at personnel requiring to demonstrate they hold a qualification to be able to conduct navigation audits stipulated in TMSA3 element 5, and includes; Marine Consultants, Surveyors, Inspectors, Marine Managers, Superintendents, and Shipmasters preparing for navigation assessments.

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

Part A

Part A consists of a four-day online course which, using theoretical examination, will determine a candidate's understanding of the course content. An exam is undertaken at the end of the course and a Nautical Institute Certificate of Completion will be issued following successful completion of part A.

Part B

Part B 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. For more information on Part B, please click here. 

Please note: 

  • The 2022 fee to complete part B is £500 (+VAT).
  • Part A and B must be completed within nine months of the course start date (extended to 12 months due to Covid19). 
  • Part B report submissions to be made to

The need for Navigation Assessors

The guide to 'Safe Container Ship Operations', published by the 'Container Ship Safety forum', reads, '"n addition to the Master’s navigational audit, the company should have procedures for shore-based specialist auditors, who are independent of the fleet management team, to carry out navigational audits and assessment of performance. This audit should be carried out while on passage and include an assessment of the effectiveness of the bridge team," highlighting the importance of navigation assessment and the need for navigation assessors. 

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for students taking:

Internal Assessor (Part A)

An open course: Master Mariner (Class 1 Certificate of Competency for ships 500 GRT and more) from a ‘White List’ country.

Applications from senior professionals who can demonstrate exceptional experience in this field may be considered by The Nautical Institute on a case by case basis.

A bespoke company course: As above or as agreed between the company and The Nautical Institute.

External Assessor (part B)

Master Mariner (Class 1 Certificate of Competency for ships 500GRT or more) from a ‘White List’ country, and with a minimum of 12 months command experience.

Applicants who can demonstrate a minimum three years of professional service in the maritime sector will also be considered in lieu of command experience on a case by case basis.

Please e-mail to check eligibility.

Meet your Instructors

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 Sanjay Mittal
Captain Sanjay Mittal

Short Course Instructor

After a fruitful innings at sea, Captain Mittal held various leadership positions in the areas of Ship Management and Marine Consultancy. He currently runs a consultancy with a broad range of services including Inspections, TMSA Audits, Navigational Assessments, Surveys and Incident Support. He is also frequently consulted on Admiralty claims, particularly in oil and gas transportation, and has investigated several maritime incidents. He has been a member of various loss prevention bodies and has worked actively to promote safe practices. He has also been instrumental in conceptualizing leading initiatives in shipboard training, which have since become an industry norm.

Capt. Mittal  is based in Singapore and holds an MBA with Distinction from University of Bradford.

About The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute is an international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of seagoing ships. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members, who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has over 50 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in more than 120 countries.