Refresher Courses (SIRE & OVID)
SIRE CAT-1: Refresher courses for SIRE Cat-1 inspectors will be conducted in conjunction with the transition training for SIRE 2.0. A schedule of Refresher Courses has been outlined in the Appendix to this document.
Places on Refresher Courses will be allocated to prioritise (i) inspectors who were due to undertake refresher training in 2021 and, (ii) training needs for the transition of inspectors to SIRE 2.0.
SIRE CAT-3: A schedule of SIRE Cat-3 Refresher training courses are as per the list below.
New Inspector Courses (SIRE)
SIRE CAT-1: Applicants for SIRE Cat-1 inspector accreditation will be trained and accredited under the SIRE 2.0 programme. A schedule of courses for training of new Cat-1 inspectors and entry requirements will be announced following the launch of the SIRE 2.0 programme. Applications will only be received after the course schedule has been announced.
SIRE CAT-3: A schedule of SIRE Cat-3 New Inspector training courses are as per the list below.
Inspector Audits (Initial and Renewal)
Renewal Audit: The requirement to conduct renewal audits during physical inspections is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OCIMF will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and depending on the circumstances may lift the suspension. Any change in status will be communicated by OCIMF. In the interim, alternate processes are being used to review and continuously improve the performance of existing Inspectors. These Inspector performance reviews will be carried out by OCIMF and will be prioritised according to the original Accreditation expiry date for each Inspector. Details of the Inspector performance review process will be advised to Inspectors separately.
Initial Audit: Applicants are required to undergo and pass an initial audit to gain accreditation. These applicants will be audited during physical inspections in line with current processes.
Accreditation Expiry Dates
All Inspector accreditation dates have been extended to 30 September 2022 to allow inspectors to attend a Refresher Course and undertake their audits, if required.
Updated Inspector ID cards will be sent out in all cases.
ECDIS Training (SIRE Cat-1)
All candidates for SIRE Cat-1 New Inspector courses must have completed an ECDIS training course and must submit their ECDIS course certificate when completing the registration process.
In addition, all existing SIRE Cat-1 Inspectors are required to have undertaken a one-day ECDIS training course for inspectors. Those that have not undertaken this course will be allocated to a course and will be notified accordingly.
Any candidate travelling to attend face-to-face SIRE courses will be required to bear all costs of travel and/or accommodation as well as to comply with all applicable local, national, or international health and safety requirements when travelling.
Applications for New Inspector courses should be submitted at the earliest opportunity once registrations have been opened.
This will allow sufficient time to process the application, setup courses and in the event of face-to-face courses, arrange logistics such as the setup of venues, visa applications, accommodation, and travel arrangements.
OCIMF will review courses three months prior to the course start date to determine if a course will take place.
While every endeavour is made to ensure that courses are run as scheduled, OCIMF reserves the right to cancel published courses at any time. In such cases, OCIMF is not responsible for any costs related to travel or accommodation that may be incurred by candidates.