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Low annual Member fees.
Recommended course prices.
Course selling referral program.
Area exclusivity agreement.
Low audit costs.
Charter vessels course flexibility.
Classroom premises flexibility.
Business development support.

4 Member Categories, 4 audit levels.
Instructor & teacher training courses.
Simple joining process as a Member.
Centralised document system.
Full QMS support.
Centralised marking of tests & exams.
Basic legal support in maritime affairs.

Unique Course & Certification line-up.
Clarity of capacities of CoC's.
Prof. CoC's STCW code adherence.
Modern course notes & syllabus.
Distinctive notes for each course.
Versatile course structures.
Multi-entry course points.
Cross-overs & grandfathering.
A good range of add-on courses.
Extensive industry knowledge base.
Basic legal support in maritime affairs.

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A Unique Society

Welcome to our Society, the International Yacht Marine Certification Society ( iymcs ).

Society Quarterly Report.

Last year proved to be difficult and challenging for all of us in the marine industry and no more so than for the schools and colleges around the world. We spent the best part of 2020 under development and we are now seeing the benefits of all this work. The support that has been provided to us by industry professionals, schools and colleges has been beyond all our expectations.
In a very short period, twelve schools to date have signed-up to become Members of our Society, ten of these being established schools.

Key News:

On April 9th, we undertook the third of the ISO 9001:2015 audits for our custom made Quality Management System. I am pleased to say that we passed the ISO audit and we have been recommended for the 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". The Scope and its definition is very important for gaining recognitions and approvals from industry bodies and Maritime Flag Administrations.

We have recently completed the design and structural set up of our new Extranet platform for both our Members and Students, we are still in the testing stage, we hope now to launch the stage 1 for the Members at the beginning of May.

Last month, we started issuing certifications. The course notes are in development and the first of these will be available in the coming weeks.

Society Projection for 2021:

We believe that this coming year will see little improvement in the current situation concerning the marine training sector. We anticipate seeing sporadic course activity in the first two quarters of 2021 however we expect this to stabilise in the 3rd quarter returning to a regular income stream. All the indicators and feedback show that the Student/Candidate numbers will be low for most of the courses creating issues of profitability for the schools and colleges.
As for our Society Members, many are planning re-structuring and re-formatting for the spring season, the Society is actively engaged with them in a business development support role. Additionally, the Society is now focusing upon B2B marketing and the key elements for B2C marketing.

About our Society.

We operate in three main maritime sectors:

Recreational Yachting.
Professional Yachting.
Marine Commercial.

We have taken a fresh approach to course design and content, as well as the Certifications themselves. We cannot 're-invent the wheel' as the saying goes, and there are IMO conventions that we have to respect: But in saying this, we believe that we have managed to create a set of courses and certifications that are unique in their aspect as well as their principals.

Our core development base is centred around a custom made Quality Management System (QMS) which is in full compliance with ISO9001:2015. This QMS and its compliance are important elements in obtaining recognitions and approvals from Maritime Administrations & Industry Bodies alike. Unusually for such an organisation, all our courses & certifications, as well our operations, will be under these standards. The principal reason is for us to maintain consistency in quality right across the board.

A unique aspect of our Society is that all the Nautical Schools and Maritime Colleges running iymcs courses are "Members" and are actively involved in the development of our Society. The Members are in effect part of the Society. We are a profit-making organisation though the majority of our annual profits are re-invested into the Society and its Members, as declared in our Society Statutes and within our QMS.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our webpage, we hope that you will become a "Member" and on behalf of our team, we look forward to working together with you.

Kindest regards

Roger G. Harrison.
Managing Director.

List of "iymcs" courses as of 1st November 2021.

Recreational Certifcate of Competency: Professional Certifcate 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.
Watchleader 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.

How to become a Member.

We have a simple application process.

Please could you fill-in the attached form.
ops 1.3.1 Member Application Form
and send it to us by email. Thank you.

(To fill out the form, you will need a PDF editor to do this, some of these can be found here...)

How much are the Member annual fees?

For Member Categories I, II, III & IV:

590,- Euros + VAT @21.0%.

What is included in the annual fees?

  • Two Instructor or teacher Certificates.

  • An "iymcs" Member Handbook.

  • Set-up of your document management system.

  • An "iymcs" Folders & note-pads pack.

  • A "Member" feature page on our website.

  • An "iymcs" Promotional Marketing Pack.

  • Short-term business plan for your business.

Other Member fees?

Other fees are listed in our "Members General Fees List" (ref 8.5.1). Some key points:

  • Simple one-level Member annual fees for all course categories, no differing membership level fees.

  • Fixed Assessor & Examiner Costs with travelling costs guidelines.

  • Reasonable Student or Candidate Certificate issuing costs.

  • Reasonable Certificate revaidation costs, no financial penalties for late renewals.

  • Fixed audit costs + travelling costs guidelines.
If you do wish to clarify any issue related to Member fees, please contact us.

How to become an "iymcs" Instructor or Teacher.

Our "Society" differentiates between a teacher and an instructor: Both have their qualtities. The ability to teach or instruct others is a skill in itself, and some would even go onto say a calling. A person can be an expert in a subject but not neccessarily have the abilities to deliver it in class. No matter your experience or level of knowledge, the Society welcomes everybody who is keen to instruct or teach. We have two "iymcs" dedicated teaching training courses, one for a "iymcs" instructor and the other, for a "iymcs" teacher. All the "iymcs" instructors & teachers are assigned to a particular Member School.

We have a simple application process.

Please could you fill-in the attached form.
ops 3.4.3 Instructor Teacher Application Form
and send it to us by email. Thank you.

(To fill out the form, you will need a PDF editor to do this, some of these can be found here...)