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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 programme of SIRE Inspector Accreditation courses 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 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 including information on the costs of courses (fees). This document also provides details of eligibility criteria (qualifications and experience) that are required to be fulfilled before attending a course.

The training courses have been scheduled considering the potential impact of COVID-19 and the training of Inspectors for SIRE 2.0 (/media/170641/SIRE-20-Overview.pdf).

All New Inspector courses and Refresher Courses in 2021 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.

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.

Current Cat-1 Inspectors will be contacted by OCIMF & allocated a place on one of the Refresher Courses listed or will be contacted later in the year to be notified of a place in 2022.

Submitting Companies that are nominating Applicants will be able to select a suitable course during the application process.

SIRE Inspector Training and Accreditation Guidelines 

2021 SIRE (CAT1) New Inspector Courses

2021 SIRE (CAT1) New Inspector Courses
Please note that all Applicants to become new CAT1 Inspectors must provide an ECDIS course certificate at the time of registration.

CAT 1: A limited number of SIRE CAT-1 New Inspector courses will be conducted in 2021. OCIMF will prioritise applicants who fall under one of the following groups:

  • Group 1: Applicants who have commenced their accreditation process in 2019 and need to attend a New Inspector training course to gain their accreditation.
  • Group 2: Applicants who have been nominated by Submitting Companies to prevent or mitigate the risk of reduced availability or capacity of Inspectors in a geographical area/region.
12-16 Apr 2021 Asia SIRE CAT-1 New Inspector Course 
17-21 May 2021 USA  SIRE CAT-1 New Inspector Course
24-28 May 2021 London SIRE CAT-1 New Inspector Course

Routine training courses for SIRE Cat-1 New Inspectors will resume in 2022 under the SIRE 2.0 Programme.

CAT 3: SIRE Cat-3 New Inspector training courses will be scheduled for 2021 where applicants have been nominated by Submitting Companies.

On-line Registration for SIRE CAT1 & CAT3 courses

Submitting Companies nominating Applicants are responsible for sending a link to their nominated Applicant which will allow the Applicant to register and provide evidence demonstrating their eligibility as per the SIRE Accreditation Guidelines under the current SIRE Programme.

The Submitting Company that has nominated the Applicant will then review and approve all supporting documents before these are provided to OCIMF for a final review and confirmation.

Detailed Instructions on how to nominate/invite a candidate to apply are available to member’s in their resources area within the SIRE programme.

Please ensure candidates are registered as soon as possible to enable OCIMF to determine if a course will take place. As arrangements for course venues, visa applications, accommodation and travel take time, viability of courses will be reviewed 3 months prior to the planned date.

Registration for New Inspector Courses will close 3 weeks before the date of the scheduled course or once the course becomes full, whichever is earlier.

An Applicant’s place on a New Inspector Course is confirmed only when they have been provided with the details of the venue for the course and a confirmation from OCIMF that all pre-course requirements have been successfully completed.


Observer places on Accreditation Courses are granted on a case-by-case basis.

2022 SIRE (CAT 1) New Inspector Courses

Applications for New Inspector Courses in 2022 will only be accepted once the course schedule is announced.

2021 SIRE (CAT 1) Refresher and ECDIS courses

OCIMF requires all inspectors to complete a one-day OCIMF ECDIS training course. This course trains inspectors on how to effectively assess an officer’s proficiency with and knowledge of the ECDIS system onboard.

22 March 2021 ECDIS Europe 
21 March 2021 ECDIS Asia 
2 June 2021 ECDIS Asia 
9 June 2021 ECDIS USA
19 July 2021 ECDIS  Europe 
19-23 July 2021 Refresher  Europe
26-30 July Refresher Asia 
2-6 August 2021  Refresher  Europe
9-12 August 2021 Refresher  USA
23-27 August 2021  Refresher  Asia
13-17 September 2021 Refresher USA
20-24 September 2021 Refresher Europe
27 September - 1 October 2021  Refresher Europe 
4-8 October 2021 Refresher Europe
11-15 October 2021 Refresher Asia 
18-22 October 2021 Refresher Asia 
8-12 November 2021 Refresher USA 
29 November - 3 December 2021  Refresher Asia 
6-10 December 2021 Refresher Asia 
13 December 2021  ECDIS Asia

2021 SIRE (CAT3 for North America Region) Refresher Courses

15-19 November 2021 USA

There is no charge for inspectors to attend a SIRE Refresher/ECDIS course but costs associated with travel to and from the course, the inspector’s time, accommodation and additional meals are for their own account

NOTE: All courses will only run if there are sufficient attendees.

Please note that course dates are subject to change/cancellation.

In the event of cancellation of courses OCIMF will make every effort to accommodate confirmed candidates on another course. Travel and accommodation expenses will be the responsibility of the candidate or, where agreed, the Submitting Company that is nominating the Applicant.

OCIMF does not accept liability, obligation or responsibility for any loss incurred.

Please contact anita.borsberry@ocimf.org with reference to Cat-1 courses.

Please contact louise.Britchford@ocimf.org with reference to Cat-3 courses.