(ISM Surveyor or Lead Auditor Course)

Certified by Cognicert UK- www.cognicert.com

Effective implementation and verification of a (safety) management system requires periodical internal audits. The approach to and scope of an audit differs widely from an inspection.

The requirements for auditing the management system within companies and on board ships have highlighted the subject of competence of internal auditors.

Our course provides you with the knowledge and expertise necessary to plan and conduct combined ISM audits and verifications. Through the use of interactive group exercises you will also improve your communication skills and thus strengthen your overall performance as an auditor.

The first part of the auditing process resembles an inspection activity (verification of compliance and identification of non-conformities). This course will provide shipping and offshore company employees with the knowledge and tools necessary for performing and managing internal auditing procedures. Verification principles and methods for implementation of both formal and informal audit procedures will be examined and applied.

Participants will receive a sound understanding of auditing techniques and processes as well as management of an internal auditing program. They will also gain an appreciation for the role and importance of internal auditing programs within the maritime industry as related to Safety and Quality Management systems and learn about the requirements laid down in the ISO 19001 standard related to the performance of the internal audits and verifications in an integrated management system.

A written exam will test your level of achievement with respect to the learning objectives and be used as a basis to issue a certificate.

Certificate by Cognicert UK- www.cognicert.com


To qualify participants as Lead auditors (ISM) enabling them to prepare and conduct internal audits/verifications within their shipping companies in accordance with accepted auditing principles. Prior knowledge of the three standards is expected.

Entrance regulations

Good knowledge of ISM Code

Who should attend:

Shipping Companies: Designated Persons (ashore), Company Security Officers, Safety Managers, Superintendents, Nautical Officers, Engineers

Duration: 5 days

Course Content

The course focuses on:

          Introducing to Maritime Safety Management and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code;

          The Aims, Structure and Content of the ISM Codes;

          ISM Requirements & implementation Problems

          Quality, Health, Safety & Security Auditing

          Theory and Practice of Auditing

          Methods & Auditing Tools and Checklists

          ISM audit and verification requirements

          Common features and differences

          Techniques that contribute to the success of communication processes within audits

          Planning, preparation, performance, recording, reporting and follow-up of audits

          Principles and best practices of harmonized audits and verifications

          Practical audit preparation, execution, follow up and monitoring

          Practical handling of Audit Findings and follow up (internal vs external audits)

          Interim DOC and SMC Audits

          Initial DOC and SMC Audits

          Handling of non-conformities including root cause analysis and corrective actions

          Annual verification or renewal of the Document of Compliance

          Intermediate verification or renewal of Safety Management Certificates

          Suspension and withdrawal of certification

          Auditing Case Studies

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Training Methodologies
    • Case Study
    • Individual Exercises
    • Role Play
    • Group Exercises
    • Group Presentation
    • Examination

Assessment and Qualification
Learning is assessed through:

  • 4 hours open examination. Passing the exams qualifies the candidate for Cognicert ISM Code Lead Auditor (CPD Certificate)
  • Practical experience of 4 SMC or DOC Audits with activity log qualifies participants for our Cognicert ISM Code Lead Auditor (Lead Auditor Category) I.D Card and Certificate

Self-Study Material, Exam and Certification 

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December 18

November 11, 2022

Cancellation: 3 weeks before examination attract 100% refund. 0% refund after.