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Professional Qualifying Examination Course (part-time)

Who are the courses designed for?

These full time courses are designed principally to prepare candidates for the Qualifying Examinations leading to membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (MICS).

About the courses

The courses adhere to the rules and regulations as set out by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and it is the candidates own responsibility to comply with these obligations (visit www.ics.org for details). Students must register with the Institute at:

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers 
85 Gracechurch Street,                                                                                                        
London EC3V 0AA                                                                                                                  
Tel (ICS): 020 7623 1111                                                                                                      
Tel (TutorShip): 020 7623 8008
Fax: 020 7623 8118 Email: admin@ics.org.uk


ICS Professional Qualifying Examinations

Shipping Business MUST be taken in the first year of study along with a minimum of three other subjects. The remaining subjects will be taken in the second year of study. Students must pass a total of seven subjects to enable them to apply for election to become a Member (MICS) of the Institute and eventually go on to fellowship (FICS) when the title ‘Chartered Shipbroker’ can be used


Group 1

Introduction to Shipping

Legal Principles in Shipping Business                                                                              

Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade                                                          

Shipping Business                                                                                                            

Note: All subjects in Group 1 are required. Shipping Business is compulsory in the first year

Group 2
Dry Cargo Chartering                    

Tanker Chartering                                                                             

Ship Operations and Management

Port and Terminal Management  

Group 3

Shipping Finance

Term dates: 27th October 2014 – 17th April 2015

The above programme provides the mandatory 15 hours of weekly study which international students require in order to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.

Course Fee Professional Qualifying Examination course: £715 per subject (excluding ICS registration/examination fees)

(ICS Foundation Diploma (FD)

The Diploma is ideal for candidates with little industry experience. A good introduction into the shipping industry, it involves taking the subject: Introduction to Shipping plus one of the Group Two subjects that we offer, these being: Dry Cargo Chartering, Tanker Chartering, Ship Operations & Management and Port & Terminal Management.

Course fee for Foundation Diploma: £1385 (excluding ICS registration/examination fees)

ICS Advanced Diploma (AD)

This Diploma is ideal for candidates with some shipping knowledge. It involves taking the ICS benchmark paper subject: Shipping Business plus one of the Group Two subjects that we offer, these being: Dry Cargo Chartering, Tanker Chartering, Ship Operations & Management and Port & Terminal Management.

Course Fee Advanced Diploma course: £1430 excluding ICS registration/examination fees


ICS sets its entry examinations for membership which candidates can sit annually-during the month of APRIL. If successful and following a 4 year aggregated period in industry, candidates can apply for membership.


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