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For those seeking to reach the top of their industry, the Certified Maritime Security Professional (CMSP) is an important benchmark. The concept of certification refers to an organization being able to state the authenticity of an individual’s claim of professional status. Those who can claim this status legitimately are able to demostrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to take on these tasks while providing their clients with a greater degree of assurance that the tasks will be able to be performed to the highest possible standards.

At this point in time, IAMSP is proud to release the structure of the Certified Maritime Security Professional (CMSP) and announce that it is in the process of finalizing its arrangements with a global network of testing facilities. Concurrently, efforts are being made to bring together the various references that form the initial certification package in such a way as to assist our members realize some discount for its purchase.

To be considered a certified professional, the individual must be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Knowledge and skills - in accordance with the body of knowledge held by the certification body and confirmed through testing or credible examination;
  2. Experience – considered to be relevant and free of blemish that conflicts with the ideals of the certification body; and
  3. Conduct - demonstrated through the commitment made by the individual, often in terms of adhering to a Code of Practice or Code of Conduct.

This certification is on par with other leading certification regimes and has been developed in line with ISO 17024: 2003–considered to be a best practice within this domain.

As part of the standards associated with certification, the individual must be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Positive references from at least two persons in responsible charge positions–one from the security community and the other from within the maritime community;
  2. Passage of the examination with a mark of at least 70% in all Core Bodies of Knowledge;
  3. At least five (5) years experience within the maritime industry (ashore or on board vessels) in a security role with at least 2 years in a supervisory role ; and
  4. A commitment, through signature, to adhere to a strict code of values and ethics, expressed in the Code of Practice for Certified Members.

In order to maintain his or her status as a certified professional, the individual must maintain his or her currency within the domain through continuing education and upkeep. This means keeping the knowledge and skills necessary to practice appropriately in the domain up to date wtih the highest standards and demands within the industry. These standards will be released shortly.

Those interested in certification should review the reference material closely and check this website frequently as we will be making announcements shortly regarding the specific requirements for achieving and maintaining the certification status.

Those undertaking this challenge will be able to clearly demonstrate a clear competitive advantage for as long as they maintain the upkeep requirements of this certification.