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.

The SIRE inspector accreditation programme is organised by OCIMF, however Inspectors must gain sponsorship from one of the SIRE submitting members before applying for a place. It is not OCIMF's policy to supply contact details but a list of OCIMF members can be found on the OCIMF website

Course fees are the responsibility of the applicant unless the sponsor agrees to pay. Upon successful completion of the accreditation process the Inspector will be able to conduct inspections on behalf of the sponsoring member.

For more information, please view the SIRE Inspector Accreditation Guidelines. This document details all the necessary qualifications and experience that are required for applicants to attend a course.

Current inspectors should check the SIRE Inspector website Resources area for Refresher Course availability. New Applicants & Sponsors will be able to select an available course at the time of application.

2020 SIRE (CAT1) New Inspector Courses

Please note that all New CAT1 Inspectors applicants must now hold and submit an ECDIS course certificate at the time of registration. The course must be classroom based; this does not need to be the IMO model course.

10-14 Feb 2020 Singapore CANCELLED (more information)
27 Apr-1 May 2020 London CANCELLED (more information)
1-5 June 2020 New Orleans, US CANCELLED (more information)
19-23 Oct 2020 Singapore CANCELLED (more information)
16-20 Nov 2020 London CANCELLED (more information)

2020 SIRE (CAT3 for North America Region) New Inspector Courses

22-24 April 2020 Houston CANCELLED (more information)

On-line Registration has now been introduced for CAT1 & CAT3 courses. Nominating submitting members will send a link for applicants to register and approve all supporting documents prior to submitting candidate applications to OCIMF. Instruction on how to invite a candidate to apply are available in the members resources area. Observer place requests should be emailed direct to Anita Borsberry ( Observer places are provisional and dependent upon accreditation places required at the time of the course.

Please ensure candidates are registered as soon as possible to enable OCIMF to determine if a course will take place. As course venues, visa applications, accommodation and travel arrangements of both attendees and instructors are to be taken into consideration, courses will be reviewed 3 months prior to the planned date. New Inspector Course registration will close 3 weeks prior to the planned date or once the course becomes full. A course place is not to be presumed confirmed until the venue details of the course have been sent to the candidate upon review of the pre-requisite requirements being completed.

2020 SIRE (CAT 1) Refresher and ECDIS courses

From 2017 we require those Inspectors who had taken ECDIS classroom based training independently to attend a one day OCIMF ECDIS training day. (Any CAT1 inspector who did not attend a full OCIMF ECDIS accreditation course prior to 2017). This is not an operational course but will focus on training inspectors how to effectively question an officer to determine his knowledge of the ECDIS system. These courses will run in conjunction with Refresher courses if availability allows.

As advised previously occasional courses will now only take place in areas that can justify full attendance to ensure viability. Inspectors that have already attended the one day OCIMF ECDIS day training should not request another place.

17-18 February 2020 Refresher Singapore CANCELLED (more information)
19 February 2020 ECDIS Singapore CANCELLED (more information)
4-5 May 2020 Refresher London CANCELLED (more information)
8-9 June 2020 Refresher New Orleans, US CANCELLED (more information)
12-13 October 2020 Refresher Tokyo, Japan CANCELLED (more information)
15-16 October 2020 Refresher Singapore CANCELLED (more information)
10-11 November 2020 Refresher London CANCELLED (more information)

2020 SIRE (CAT3 for North America Region) Refresher Courses

20-21 April 2020 Houston CANCELLED (more information)

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

To reserve a place please contact

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

Please note that course dates are sometimes subject to change/cancellation dependent on candidate requirement/circumstances outside of our control. Should you be approved to attend a SIRE New Inspector course OCIMF would make every effort to accommodate you on another available course should this be the case. Travel and accommodation expenses will be the responsibility of the candidate or, if previously agreed, your sponsor. OCIMF will not accept liability, obligation or responsibility for any loss incurred.

If you have any further questions please contact