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The aim of the SIRE Inspector Accreditation course is to train candidates to conduct inspections and compile inspection reports on behalf of the OCIMF member who submits reports into the SIRE database.

About the SIRE Inspector Accreditation Programme

The SIRE Inspector Accreditation course programme aims to train Applicants to conduct vessel inspections and write inspection reports on behalf of OCIMF Submitting Companies who submit these reports into the SIRE database.

The SIRE Inspector Accreditation programme is organised and managed by OCIMF; however, all new Applicants must be nominated by a SIRE Submitting Company in order to gain a place on a course.

A list of OCIMF Submitting Companies can be found on the OCIMF website. 

Please read the SIRE Inspector Accreditation Guidelines for more information.

Training courses have been scheduled considering the potential impact of COVID-19 and the training of Inspectors for SIRE 2.0. OCIMF will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19.

All New Inspector courses and Refresher Courses in 2022 will be delivered using a blended approach of online learning and instructor-led training sessions.

Accredited Cat-1 Inspectors have been allocated a SIRE 2.0 Transition and Refresher Course in 2021/2022.

SIRE Inspector Training and Accreditation Guidelines 

Inspector Training Schedule – 2022

Training courses have been scheduled considering the potential impact of COVID-19 and the training of Inspectors for SIRE 2.0 

All transition training for SIRE 2.0 and Refresher Courses under the SIRE programme in 2022 will be delivered using a blended approach of online learning and instructor-led training sessions. All instructor-led sessions will be delivered via an online platform. 

All New Inspector courses will be delivered in a physical, face-face setting. Details of locations, venues and costs will be published in due course. OCIMF will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and depending on the circumstances, may choose to cancel, suspend, or reschedule the training courses. 

Refresher Courses (SIRE & OVID)

SIRE Programme 

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 Programme 

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. 

Travel 

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 

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. 

Cancellations 

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. 

Queries: 

SIRE COURSES - 2022

Location/Time zone 

Course 

Month 

Date 

Asia 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Jan 

17-21 Jan 

US 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Jan 

24-28 Jan 

Europe 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Jan/Feb 

31 Jan-4 Feb 

Asia 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Feb 

7-11 Feb 

Asia 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Feb 

14-18 Feb 

Europe 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Feb 

21-25 Feb 

Asia 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Feb/Mar 

28 Feb-4 Mar 

US 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Mar 

7-11 Mar 

Asia 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Mar 

14-18 Mar 

Europe 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Mar 

21-25 Mar 

Asia 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Mar/Apr 

28 Mar-1 Apr 

Europe 

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Apr 

4-8 Apr 

USA 

SIRE Cat-3 (USA) Refresher Course 

Apr 

11-12 Apr 

Europe 

SIRE Cat-3 (Europe) Refresher Course 

Apr 

13-14 Apr 

Europe 

SIRE Cat-3 (Europe) Refresher Course 

Apr 

25-26 Apr 

Europe/Rotterdam 

SIRE Cat-3 (Europe) New Inspector Course 

Apr 

27-29 Apr 

South & Central America 

SIRE Cat-3 (SACA) Refresher Course 

May 

26-27 May

26-27 May

Europe

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Jul

11-15 Jul

ASIA

SIRE 2.0 Transition and SIRE Cat-1 Refresher Course 

Aug

3-5 & 8-9 Aug

USA/Houston

SIRE Cat-3 (USA) New Inspector Course  

Oct 

10-14 Oct