Certification Verification.

Please use this form to verify any iymcs Certifications.
This is solely for use by a Representative employed by one of the following bodies:

We will request ID confirmation from the person requesting a verification. Confirmation is usually given within the hour during a normal working day.

Administration or Company Details.

Verification Details.

ISO 9001:2015 Compliance.

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.

ISO 9001:2015 QMS & Auditing Procedures.

Key points highlighting iymcs operations integrity:

Adherence to Codes and Standards.

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:

Compliance Information

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:

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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.

Course & Certification Structures.

All the CoC's from Master 80GT upwards are solely professional CoC's for professional super-yacht crew or for commercial marine work boat crew depending on endorsements and flag recognitions.
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.

Sea Area Categories.

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:

Category I
Scandinavian Archipelagos.
Brittany, NW.Coast France.
Chesapeake Bay, NE.Coast USA.
Category III
Balearic Islands, S.Spain.
N. Coast Sardinia, Italy.
W. Coast Croatia.

Certification Types & Security Features.

The Society issues three types of iymcs Certifications:

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All the iymcs Certifications are professionally printed and have the following security features:
  • Split Duct Ink Blend.
  • Wallpaper Hologram.
  • Penetrating Black Bleeds Red Numbering.
  • Security Background Design.
  • QR Code Validation.

List of iymcs courses as of 1st November 2021.

Recreational Certificate of Competency: Professional Certificate of Competency:

Master 10GT/12m™ power.
Master 40GT/17m™ power.
Master 10GT/12m™ sail.
Master 20GT/15m™ sail.
Master 40GT/20m™ sail.

Master 80GT/Mate 200GT™ power.
Master 80GT/Mate 200GT™ sail.
Watch leader 80GT/24m™.
Master 200GT/Mate 500GT™ sail.
Master 200GT/Mate 500GT™ power.

Course Certifications & Endorsements (Rec): Course Certifications & Endorsements (Pro):

Open-Sportsboat 10m™.
Race Crew.
Race Skipper.
PWC JetS-WaveR-SeaD.
Ocean 20/40™.
Deck Engineer 40GT™.

Yacht Tender Crew 15m™.
UnLimited Ocean Astro Course.
High-Speed Navigation.
Deck Engineer 40GT™.
Deck Engineer 80GT™.
Radio GMDSS ROC + SatCom.
Maritime Business & Law I.
Cosmopolitan Steward/ess Course I.
Cosmopolitan Steward/ess Course II.

Maritime Administration Recognitions & Approvals.

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:

Recreational Yachting.

Professional Yachting.

Marine Commercial.

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.



  • The Members (a school or college that runs iymcs courses) are categorised from I to IV.

  • Two of these Member Categories are for professional iymcs courses.

  • Under the iymcs QMS procedures, the Members are unable to run recreational courses and professional courses under the same entity.

  • There are four Member audit levels according to the Member Category level.

  • All Members are actively involved with the Society, and are required to participate in Advisory Panels.

  • Members contribute to course syllabus content and working practices research, and are compensated for their work.

Sea-time Requirements & Verification Practices.

Outline of criteria's:

Certification Revalidation.

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.

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