Apply for a Certificate of Excellence to showcase the exceptional quality of your organisation’s marine training or education capabilities.
Demonstrate marine training and education excellence
The IMarEST and the Nautical Institute together offer a Certificate of Excellence to recognise establishments that offer the highest quality of marine training or education. Establishments awarded the certificate are proven to meet an internationally-recognised standard of training and education.
By gaining this certificate your institution will show it fosters professionalism, employs excellent teachers and teaching practices and provides a well-resourced learning environment supported by sound management. This independent seal of approval will attract ambitious and top-quality students to study at your establishment.
Is your establishment eligible?
The Certificate of Excellence is open for application to both traditional educational establishments and commercial training providers.
If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact to find out more.
What are the assessment criteria?
Your establishment will be assessed against three educational standards and you must demonstrate through documentation and an official peer review visit how it achieves each of these.
The Certificate of Excellence will be assessed against your centre’s own vision, mission, values, aims and objectives.
You must have clear processes in place to set and maintain the required standards.
Suitability of vision, mission and values
Staff recruitment and appointment
You have resources in place to support individuals to achieve their full potential.
Portfolio of courses
Quality of teaching
Staff performance planning and review
Links with the profession
Planning and management of facilities and estate
You are expected to have rigorous systems in place to ensure that quality is maintained and improved.
Quality management system
Recruitment and admission
Course design, development and approval
External evaluation and peer review
Student engagement and feedback
To apply you will need to complete the following:
An application form Host an official visit from IMarEST assessors (NB: Given the ongoing pandemic, all visits are currently being conducted virtually.)
The official visit will typically last for 2 days and will require:
The documentation you refer to as evidence in your application form to be made available to reviewers during their visit
A tour of your facilities and resources and presentations on how you use them to enhance student experience and competence where required (i.e. to meet the requirements of STCW regulations)
Meetings with: management staff, selected academic and support staff, student groups and external stakeholders