You are here:

ICS Annual Professional Maritime Programme

Learn to stand out by studying for recognised professional qualification!

September 2024

  • null
    Duration: 1 Academic Year

  • Delivery: Face-to-Face OR Online

  • null
    Application Status: Open


The ICS Professional Maritime Programme is an 1-year professional course which has been designed to meet the international shipping industry’s needs. The curriculum is taught by professionals of the shipping market and provides the participants with an excellent basis for career development and immediate implementation to the working environment.

Through the Course, participants sit for the ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations, which lead to ICS Membership, the only internationally recognized professional qualification within the shipping sector.


The ICS Professional Maritime Programme is taking with:

Physical presence (face to face classes)
Classes take place twice per week at our premise during evening hours, offering a flexible study mode.

Online live learning (webinars)
The online sessions are conducted through the HMC Virtual Platform, during evening hours,offering a live learning experience and interaction with the tutor. No special equipment is needed for your participation, except a microphone and a camera.

Download the Course Brochure.

OPEN DAY image


Shipping Professionals; experts in a particular field, wanting to advance their shipping knowledge and certify their experience.

Graduates and Professionals of maritime, finance, business management, legal, engineering and other disciplines who wish to pursue a career in shipping.

Officers of the Merchant Marine willing to enhance their sea-going experience and practice with the commercial knowledge.


The training approach of the syllabus is covered from a practical point of view with analysis of case studies, workshops and real-life examples. As shipping is operating in challenging business environment, through the course, participants gain the practical insight of the curriculum and the covered modules, which enable them to enter into the shipping industry and/ or apply the knowledge gained to their day-to-day business. Course Books & reading material are the basis of the learning experience and have been written by leading practitioners in their field and updated annually.

Participants will go through a wide range of topics which cover the whole spectrum of the shipping market within one academic year (Sept to May or Jan to Nov). Compulsory modules will give a comprehensive overview of the shipping business, the practitioners involved, the maritime legal aspects and maritime economics. The elective modules will provide participants with an in-depth knowledge of specialized topics which play a vital role of the everyday commercial business i.e. Chartering, Ship Operations, Marine Insurance, S&P, Shipping Finance, Port Agency, Shipping Law, etc.

The Course is delivered by distinguished industry professionals and each of them is an expert at the field of his practice. Through the learning process and advanced teaching methods, lecturers provide participants with an eye-opening experience and transmit their extensive professional experience. All Lecturers are Members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and accredited tutors.

With a reputation for providing a first-class education and professional development to the shipping profession, the ICS Professional Maritime Programme and ICS Membership is a unique hallmark of professionalism in the industry. The Course is internationally recognized and it opens doors all over the world.

As shipping is a global business, participants of the Course and ICS Members are part of an international network of 26 Branches located in key shipping areas worldwide. 7,000 members and 550,000 students in 170 counties, participants have access to the global shipping markets.

Contact Us to find out more information