S.I.R.E 2.0 and Human Factors

Get the skills and knowledge you need to master the art of vetting and assessment with The Nautical Institute Academy's S.I.R.E 2.0 and Human Factors Course.

The Nautical Institute Academy's S.I.R.E 2.0 and Human Factors course is a four-day intensive programme that aims to familiarise industry personnel with vetting and the new SIRE 2.0 inspection regime.

The course will help candidates to identify the key changes and new approach that has been adopted, particular emphasis is placed on understanding the human element components. Candidates can expect a detailed exploration of key human element focus areas to ensure that participants are fully conversant with the ‘pre-inspection questionnaire (PIQ)’, ensuring candidates can address these clearly during an inspection.

Through exercises, tasks, group discussions and assignments, the process of an inspection and the challenges that may be faced are embraced in extensive detail, familiarising candidates with what to expect.   

Course overview

Below you will find a list of all modules covered in the S.I.R.E 2.0 and Human Factors Course: 

Module  Description 
Module 01:
An Introcution to Vetting
M01: Introduction to vetting and new SIRE 2.0 regime 
M01.1: Familiarisation with new risk-based approach
M01.2: Introduction to the 'pre-inspection questionnaire (PIQ)
M01.3: Types of questions,
M01.4: Process and execution of onboard inspections                     

Module 02:
Vetting and the
human element

M02: The principles of the human element.
M02.1: The human centred approach and the need for the human element.
M02.2: Leadership and the role of the 'company'.
M02.3: The 'Human Response Tool'.
M02.4: Pre-inspection questionnaires and the benefits of this approach.

Module 03:
The Human Element
M03: Team dynamics, communication and coordination.
M03.1: Identifying opportunities to learn.
M03.2: Stress, fatigue, workload and time constraints. 
M03.3: Identification, causes and the effects
M03.4: Workplace ergonomics and the human machine interface  
M03.5: The concept of 'nudging'. 
Module 04: CVIQ's,
SIRE 2.0
M04: Identifying the critical issues in CVIQ
M04.1: OCIMF key human element principles
M04.2: TMSA
M04.3: The integration of TMSA in to SIRE 2.0

Module 05: Personal Action Plans

M05: Integrating human factors in to SMS. 
M05.1: Case studies to help identify the Human Element
M05.2: Effective recommendations for further actions. 
M05.3: Creating a personal action plan. 
M05.4: Course summary, and exam.


Aims and objectives

The Nautical Institute Academy's S.I.R.E 2.0 and Human Factors course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to critically evaluate the development, aims and application of vetting: 

The aim will be achieved by developing skills which:

  • Help participants to not only understand the underlying principles of vetting but to also identify the main processes and procedures when conducting an inspection in accordance with the new SIRE 2.0 Inspection regime
  • Enable participants to recognise the major changes and updated approach to vetting. 
  • Encourage participants to acknowledge the importance of the human element for the safe and efficient operations on board and identify the key components of the human element that are included in vetting and the SIRE 2.0 inspection regime. 

By the end of this course participants should:

  • Understand the use of the ‘Human Response Tool’
  • Recognise the importance of the role of leadership and a company-wide adoption of the human element
  • Explore and reinforce participants understanding of the ‘Human Element Components’
  • Identify Pre-Inspection Questions
  • Identify critical issues in CVIQs
  • Understand the integration of TMSA into SIRE 2.0
  • Understand the integration of the human element into the SMS
  • Develop an individual action plan
Who should attend?

The course may be useful to:

•Marine superintendents who are involved with vessel vetting inspections

•Seagoing Senior Officers

•Marine consultants and surveyors



  • Four-day online course via zoom. Four hours teaching time per day, excuding breaks. 
Assessment and certification


This is a pass/fail course.

To achieve a pass, participants must:

  • Attend the course in full. 
  • Pass a theoretical exam held online at the end of the course. The pass mark is 70%.
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete all required elements of practical tasks to the satisfaction of the instructor(s)


Upon completion of the SIRE2.0 and Human Factors Course and following a pass mark, candidates will be issued The Nautical Institute Academy's Certificate of Completion.