Press release - New ISM Lead Auditor course from The Nautical Institute

09 Nov 2022 Institute News

The Nautical Institute (NI), the professional body for seafarers, is delighted to announce its new short course ‘ISM Lead Auditor’.

The course is an intensive five-day remote course, designed to give participants the expertise and understanding required to conduct a full audit of an organisation’s Management Systems in the role of Lead Auditor dedicated to the ISM Code.  

Fulfilling the requirements of IMO Model Course 1.30, the course is predominantly theory based, with guided practical exercises that introduce the participants to a varying number of scenarios.  The course covers:

  • ISM Code – overview of specific parts (as required)
  • Auditing methods/timetable/scope
  • The audit process
  • Questioning auditees
  • Non-conformities and observations
  • Reporting
  • Follow-up and audit completion
  • Recommendations

Upon completion of the NI course, candidates should be confident in planning and preparing for an audit, conducting an audit, and subsequently understand how to follow up on an audit.  Successful candidates receive a qualification QR code and card for presentation on ships.

Following the successful delivery of the first course, feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive, not only about the course content but also the delivery method.  “Having delegates from such a diverse area and the excellent use of Zoom as a teaching aid made the course really accessible.  It was great to engage in syndicate work and conversation with such a diverse group”

Steve Window, The NI’s Head of Qualifications, said:  “We have been rapidly expanding our Short Course portfolio in the past 6 months and are pleased to be able to offer the ISM Lead Auditor course. There has been enormous industry demand for an audit structure for implementation of Safety Management Systems and we are expecting that the course will be particularly popular with those mariners who have the professional knowledge and experience to undertake audits.” 

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