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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.

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 will be delivered via face-to-face (F2F) learning and Refresher Courses in 2023 will be delivered via online platforms.

SIRE Inspector Training and Accreditation Guidelines 

Inspector Training Schedule – 2023

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

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 training courses. 

Refresher Courses (SIRE)

SIRE Programme 

A schedule of refresher courses for the SIRE Category-3 programme will begin on 1 January 2023.

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 have completed their refresher training in 2021/22 and therefore, will not be due to undertake any refresher courses in 2023.

New Inspector Courses (SIRE) 

SIRE Programme 

SIRE Category-1: A training programme for new SIRE Category-1 inspectors will start only 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 six months to enable applicant inspectors to complete accompanied inspections as per the requirements 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 for 2023 where applicants have been nominated by submitting companies.  

Inspector Audits (Initial and Renewal) 

SIRE Category-1 inspectors: As a result of the ongoing impact of COVID-19, OCIMF has suspended the requirement for existing inspectors to be assessed during physical inspections. 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 assessed 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 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: 

SIRE COURSES - 2023

Location/Time zone 

Course 

Month 

Date 

TBC  ECDIS Mar  7 Mar 
USA  SIRE Cat-3 (USA) New Inspector Course  Apr  24-26 Apr 
USA  SIRE Cat-3 (USA) Refresher Course  May  23-24 May 
Europe  SIRE Cat-3 (Europe) New Inspector Course  Sep  12-14 Sep 
Europe  SIRE Cat-3 (Europe) Refresher Course  Sep 19-20 Sep