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Learn to identify areas requiring additional controls in your SMS
Safety at sea and pollution prevention are of prime importance to ship owners and operators. Our real-life training prepares trainees to develop and implement the management system on board and ashore.

An ISM Auditor Training course

The ISM Code requires establishment of safeguards to ensure mitigation of risks in safety and pollution in shipboard operations.  The Code places responsibility for this squarely on the companies charged with the ship's management.  We offer ISM training with various options to meet the industry requirements.

Course details

Our ISM Auditor training course is a two-day, 16 hour course that provides the skills to manage first, second and third party The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) Audits. You will learn the requirements ISM Code, which the International Maritime Organization (IMO) mandates the application of to all SOLAS vessels and is mandatory to all vessels of 500 gross tonnages and upward including mobile offshore drilling units.

Course duration

Two days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedule includes lunch and two breaks.


See individual course dates and locations as fees can change based on class registration levels.

Course discounts

Discounts are available for early and multiple registrations. See other discount options and guidelines.

Course instructions and provided materials

Participants will receive a course manual and reference materials. Students must bring a copy of pre-class self-study materials provided by QMII for the ISM Code Auditor class. You may purchase the standard here.

We Help You Learn With:

Varied teaching modes including role playing

Active listening

Peer-to-peer, peer-to-teacher interaction

Major concept focus

Using only essential terminology

Learning objectives

In our ISM auditor training course, you will learn the skills to conduct internal audits to assess conformity to ISM Code 2000. Participants will learn:

  • Interpret and apply ISM
  • Relate ISM Code to your business management system, regardless of your type of business
  • Identify the controls necessary for ensuring the SMS translates customer needs into satisfied customers
  • Use the SMS to work proactively and not reactively
  • Relate fiduciary concerns to the performance of the SMS
  • Develop a reliable and pliable system, particularly effective for organizations where process objectives are constantly changing
  • Communicate the roles and responsibilities within the SMS to the organization
  • Conduct and lead 1st and 2nd and 3rd party audits
  • Relate the capabilities of the organization to the expectations of customers, top management and shareholders
  • Explain to customers how the organization plans to fulfill its promises and show evidence that it has done so in the past
  • (Also consider registering for the 3-day ISPS Auditor class for a $195 discount.)

Suggested previous training

To get the most out of your ISM Code Auditor using ISM Code 2014 class, we recommend that prior to starting the class, you:

  • Have a basic understanding of ISM Code
  • Review the content of ISM Code:2014 including Annexes
  • Complete the pre-class self-study materials provided by QMII
  • Students are encouraged to bring particular compliance, process and system concerns to class and the instructor will work to answer your questions.

    Who needs this course?

    • SMS Internal Auditors
    • QMS and System Lead Auditors
    • Designated Persons Ashore(DPA)
    • Owners and Operators
    • Agents
    • Maritime Management Teams
    • Safety, Security and Quality professionals needing introduction to maritime management systems
    • Maritime Academy Attendees (ask for our in-house training)

    Building your reputation through these earned course certificates

    Attendees successfully completing the training provided & examinations offered with our ISM Auditor training course receive a Certificate of successful completion.

    Students who do not pass the course will be allowed to retest at a later date. All ISM 14001 auditor participants will be given a certificate of attendance.