Continuing Professional Development is defined by The Nautical Institute as, “The process that enables maritime professionals to take control of their own learning and development by carrying out activities that ensure they are competent and successful throughout their career, both at sea and ashore”. The Nautical Institute says that Continuing Professional Development has always been a central responsibility of the Institute, and remains one of the most important reasons for membership.
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is the international membership body for marine professionals that brings together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. The IMarEST promotes “the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.” CPD is a fundamental element to IMarEST and members are required to complete CPD or risk being removed from membership.
The International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS) promotes the professionalism, recognition and training of marine surveyors worldwide. Members of the IMMS are required to complete CPD as part of membership, and must achieve a minimum of twenty four points accrued over a fixed three year period.