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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 that 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.

All New Inspector courses will be delivered via face-to-face (F2F) learning and, unless otherwise stated, Refresher Courses will be delivered via online platforms.

SIRE INSPECTOR TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION GUIDELINES

Inspector Training Schedule – 2024

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

All New Inspector courses will be delivered in a physical, face-face setting. OCIMF may, depending on the circumstances, choose to cancel, suspend, or reschedule training courses. 

Refresher Courses (SIRE)

SIRE Programme 

A schedule of refresher courses for the SIRE programme began on 9 January 2024.

Places will be allocated to ensure all existing SIRE Category-3 inspectors undertake their refresher courses as required by the current accreditation guidelines.

All SIRE Category-1 inspectors due to undertake refresher courses in 2024 will be allocated a course by OCIMF.

New Inspector Courses (SIRE) 

SIRE Programme 

SIRE Category-1: A training programme for new SIRE Category-1 inspectors will start after the SIRE 2.0 inspection programme has been launched and implemented.

The SIRE 2.0 inspection programme will be allowed to operate for a period of approximately six months before the new inspector training course schedule commences. This will enable applicant inspectors to complete accompanied inspections as required by the current accreditation guidelines.

The latest update on the launch of the SIRE 2.0 programme can be accessed here

SIRE Category-3: New SIRE Category-3 inspector training courses will be scheduled in 2024 where applicants have been nominated by submitting companies. 

Inspector Audits (Initial and Renewal) 

SIRE Category-1 inspectors: As a result of the impact of COVID-19, OCIMF suspended the requirement for existing inspectors to be assessed during physical inspections. This suspension remains in place and an alternate process is 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. 

Information on the requirement to carry out assessments during physical inspections will be issued after the launch of the SIRE 2.0 inspection programme.

SIRE Category-3 inspectors: The audited inspection process for SIRE Category-3 inspectors does not change. Renewal audits for SIRE Category-3 inspectors in North America (NA), South and Central America (SACA) and Europe will continue to follow the requirements in the current accreditation guidelines once they are restarted. 

Initial audit:

SIRE Category-1 inspectors: Under the SIRE 2.0 inspection programme, applicant inspectors will be required to undergo an initial audited inspection during a physical SIRE 2.0 inspection to gain accreditation.

SIRE Category-3 inspectors: The audited inspection process for SIRE Category-3 inspectors does not change. SIRE Category-3 inspectors in NA, SACA and Europe will be required to undertake an initial audit following the requirements in the current accreditation guidelines.

Accreditation Expiry Dates 

SIRE Category-1 inspectors: Accreditation expiry dates for all SIRE Category-1 inspectors have been extended to align inspector accreditations with their original dates of expiry. All SIRE Category-1 inspectors will be issued with virtual ID cards on their inspection tablets. In the interim, until inspectors receive their tablets, they will be able to use a paper-based ID letter delivered to their SIRE accounts.

SIRE Category-3 inspectors: There are no changes to the inspector accreditations and updated inspector ID cards will be sent out in all cases.

ECDIS Training (SIRE Cat-1) 

All existing SIRE Category-1 inspectors are required to have undertaken a one-day ECDIS training course for inspectors. Inspectors that have not undertaken this course will be allocated to a course and will be notified accordingly.

Travel 

Any candidate travelling for SIRE/OVID new inspector courses will be required to take into consideration all costs of travel and/or accommodation and should 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 to allow sufficient time for logistics, such as the setup of venues, visa applications, accommodation, and travel arrangements.

OCIMF will review courses up to three months before their start dates to determine if a course will take place. 

Cancellations 

While every effort 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: 

For SIRE CAT1 Courses please contact:borsberry@ocimf.org

For SIRE CAT-3 Courses please contact:britchford@ocimf.org 

SIRE New Inspector Courses - 2024

SIRE Cat-3

 

 

 

 

 

Location (Time zone)

 Course

Month

Course Dates

Application Deadline

Course Status

USA 

SIRE Cat-3 (USA) New Inspector Course  

Apr 

20-22 Feb

19 Jan

CANCELLED

Europe

SIRE Cat-3 (Europe) New Inspector Course 

Sep

17-19 Sep

9 Aug

Completed

USA 

SIRE Cat-3 (USA) New Inspector Course

Oct 

22-24 Oct

6 Sep

 

A schedule for SIRE Cat-1 New Inspector Courses will be published after the launch of the SIRE 2.0 programme.

SIRE Refresher Courses - 2024

SIRE Cat-1

Location (Time zone)

 Course

Month

Course Dates

Application Deadline

Course Status

Asia

SIRE Cat-1 (Asia) Refresher Course

Jan 

9-10 Jan

NA

Completed

Europe

SIRE Cat-1 (Europe) Refresher Course 

Jan

16-17 Jan

NA

Completed

USA

SIRE Cat-1 (USA) Refresher Course 

Jan

23-24 Jan

NA

Completed

Asia

SIRE Cat-1 (Asia) Refresher Course

Jan

30-31 Jan

NA

Completed

Middle East

SIRE Cat-1 (M.E.) Refresher Course

Feb

6-7 Feb

NA

Completed

Europe

SIRE Cat-1 (Europe) Refresher Course

Mar

12-13 Mar

NA

Completed

Asia

SIRE Cat-1 (Asia) Refresher Course Apr 16-17 Apr NA Completed

USA

SIRE Cat-1 (USA) Refresher Course  Jun 11-12 Jun NA Completed

Europe

SIRE Cat-1 (Europe) Refresher Course Nov 5-6 Nov NA

SIRE Cat-3

Location (Time zone)

 Course

Month

Course Dates

Application Deadline

Course Status

USA

SIRE Cat-3 (USA) Refresher Course 

May 

21-22 May

NA

Completed

ECDIS Courses - 2024

A schedule of dates for ECDIS courses will be published alongside the new inspector course schedule.