Please use this form to verify any iymcs Certifications.
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The Society founders have a considerable amount of experience in writing and running Quality Management Systems at
organisational level, school level as well as for on-board operational safe-working practices. The iymcs QMS has been
specially written in compliance with ISO 9001:2015.
On April 9th, we undertook the third of the ISO 9001:2015 audits for our custom made Quality Management System. We passed the ISO audit with no non-compliance issues but we did have several OFI's (Opportunities for Improvements).
We have been Certiified by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and issued an ISO 9001:2015 Certification. The all-important scope of the Certification is stated as "Provision of approved training courses to members including individual certification services".
Our BSI ISO Certification can be found here.
The Scope and its definition is very important for gaining recognitions and approvals from industry bodies and Maritime Flag Administrations.
Key points highlighting iymcs operations integrity:
The Society bases its entire operations upon the information, guidelines and recommendations issued by Flag Administrations in MN's, MSN's & MGN's. In recognition that the Society caters for international students, and that in the case of professional crew who will often undertake cross-over, the Society uses the following MN's, MGN's and codes for guidance:
This section is dedicated to maritime administrations and their staff to provide them with key information about our Society. Contained within this section is the following:(Fast-find anchor links are provided.)
The founders are Mr Roger Harrison and Mr Guy Odell.
Biography's can be found here.
Our Society is an incorporared notarised BV in the Netherlands, its statutes are focused upon the governance of a Member orientated Society for maritime education and related activities. Our head office is located in Amstelveen. We also have an operations office located in Antibes, South of France, that has been in existence for 5 years. It also used as a professional maritime training school that has existed in various forms for 20 years. We are in the process of setting-up an advisory panel of experts in various fields, whose purpose is to provide guidance to our Society and its Members.
Each CoC has a common base course to it, additional courses are required and endorsements are issued relative to the particular sector and usage by the holder. The professional courses and ancillary courses are in adherence to the STCW 1978 (2010 amend), adhering to MGN requirements under flag recognitions. All the required STCW safety courses for the CoC's are provided by maritime colleges and training centres certified by their relevant administrations.
The Society, in line with some of the Maritime Administrations practices, has categorised the sea-areas into four categories, according to a range of factors that include, but not limited to; average sea & meteo conditions, proximity of obstructions, depth restrictions, narrow channel restrictions, traffic density, tidal movements, navigational levels etc. The reasons for this categorisation is to:
Sample extracts of Sea-Area Categories that are detailed in iymcs QMS doc. Operation Areas Ref 3.3.2 are shown in the table below:
Brittany, NW.Coast France.
Chesapeake Bay, NE.Coast USA.
Balearic Islands, S.Spain.
N. Coast Sardinia, Italy.
W. Coast Croatia.
The Society issues three types of iymcs Certifications:
|All the iymcs Certifications are professionally printed and have the following security features:|
|Recreational Certificate of Competency:||Professional Certificate of Competency:|
|Course Certifications & Endorsements (Rec):||Course Certifications & Endorsements (Pro):|
Currently, none of the iymcs Courses and Certifications have any maritime administration recognitions or approvals. Upon the Society obtaining the ISO 9001:2015 Certification, it will apply for recognition to a selection of maritime administrations for some of the iymcs Courses, Certifications and CoC's.
Area of Activity.
Three main maritime sectors:
Each sector is considered to be separate for training and certification purposes. There is a clear distinction between recreational yachting courses and professional yachting courses each having a distinct syllabus, assessments, examinations and certificate issuing procedures.
Outline of criteria's:
All the professional iymcs CoC's and Certifications, and some of the recreational ones, require revalidation every 5 years.
Revalidation consists of one or all of the following: refresher courses, sea-time updated, seaman's medical & STCW Basic Safety courses updated.
Details of revalidation are clearly shown in the Particular Course Overview Ref 6.1.>