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Membership

FAQ

ics membership FAQ

For an overview on the institute of Chartered Shipbrokers' Membership please read the aswers to the following frequent asked questions. For further information please feel free to contact us directly at membership@ics.org.uk.

How do I become a member?

The main pathway to membership is by completing our Professional Qualifying Exams (PQE).

To complete PQE, you will need to successfully complete a total of seven exams over five years (although, many people complete in a shorter period of time).

If you have any prior qualifications or industry experience, it's likely that you will be eligible for some exemptions, which will reduce the number of exams you will need to take.  We will need a copy of your degree certificate if you would like us to advise you further.

If you would like to start, you will need to do three things:

  1. Register as a student with the Institute
  2. Enter the exams you would like to take
  3. Choose how you would like to study

You will be able to download your student forms on our website, but if you would prefer, you can email us at: membership@ics.org.uk

How do I become a member via dissertation?

As a route to membership, the dissertation is an opportunity to display the depth of knowledge and experience that is equivalent to the Institute's professional qualifying exams.

The dissertation should be an original research project related to international shipping, international logistics, international supply chain management or international procurement on the basis of relevant literature and appropriate empirical work.  You are required to appraise current research, deploy specialist techniques and critically appraise results in order to advance knowledge through presenting findings in a dissertation.

In order to be considered for membership via dissertation you must:

• Applicants must have passed the Shipping Business exam in the past five years and have 10 years relevant industry experience

• The chosen topic for dissertation must contain a research element.  Applicants to submit a proposal, including objectives (maximum 1,000 words)

• Dissertation proposal to be considered by a sub-committee of three people usually drawn from Membership Committee/Education and Training Committing.  Minimum 2 readers to consider final submission which may only be re-submitted on one occasion, if not of 'pass' standard

• Dissertation to be 15,000 words in length

• Dissertation must be submitted within six months of proposal approval

If you would like to apply for membership via dissertation please contact us at:membership@ics.org.uk

What are the benefits of membership?

Through its worldwide network of Members (MICS) and Fellows (FICS) the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is internationally recognised as a mark of professionalism in the shipping community.

  • Members have access to a world-wide network of shipping professionals who work to the motto "Our Word Our Bond".
  • From 2013 we introduced new membership benefits, such as annual membership card (that can be used to validate your membership and allow entry to branch events); furthermore we launched a new Institute membership database available at www.shipbrokers.org. All Institute membership have access to it and through it members have access to a whole range of membership services. Users will also have the option to share their details through the Membership directory and have access to other Member's details.
  • Members and Fellows of the Institute also receive the professional magazine Shipping Network.
  • Institute members qualify for a 30% discount on a new Lloyd's List subscription.



We believe these benefits add value to Institute membership and will be grateful to receive your feedback.

In the meantime do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information:

membership@ics.org.uk

How long will it take to become a member?

To complete Professional Qualifying Examinations, which makes you eligible for membership, you will need to take a total of seven exams over five years (although, many people complete in a shorter period of time).

If you have any prior qualifications or industry experience, it's likely that you will be eligible for some exemptions, which will reduce the number of exams you will need to take.  We will need a copy of your degree certificate if you would like us to advise you further.

What countries recognise the MICS qualification?

MICS and FICS post nominals are truly international and recognised around the globe in a way that no other commercial shipping qualification are.

The Isntitute counts 25 branches accross five areas around the world: a truly global network. Within these regions, almost without exception, the Institute PQE is recognised by companies and individuals alike.

How many members does the Institute have?

The Institute has just under 4000 members in 25 international branches.

How do I apply for membership?

Once you have completed your Professional Qualifying Examinations you will need to fill out the membership application form.  You will need to find two Fellows to approve your application (please contact the Head Office if you are unable to do this).  Once you have submitted your form, it will be presented to our Controlling Council for their consideration.  This can take some time because we need to wait until the council convenes before your application can be accepted.  Meetings for membership elections are usually held five times a year.  However the dates can vary, so we advise to contact the Membership Team so as to make sure that you meet the deadlines for yoru submission: membership@ics.org.uk

What happens when I become a member?

Upon gaining membership with the Institute you will receive a letter of acceptance, a certificate to certify your professional membership status and an Institute tie or scarf.

Membership to the Institute offers some great benefits. These include;

  • Having the initials MICS after your name
  • Belonging to a network of professionally educated and trusted individuals
  • Having access to the Institute directory available at www.shipbrokers.org
  • Attending events and seminars aimed at continuous professional development
  • Receiving the Institute journal Shipping Network
  • Belonging to a professional body thus helping to gain a competitive advantage in your commercial and professional life.
  • 30% discunt when signing up for a Lloyd's List annual subscription

Each year on 1st June your membership will be restarting. As soon as you settle your annual contribution, you will receive an Institute memenrship card to give you access to all Institute events worldwide.

When do I pay my membership subscription fee?

The Institute financial year runs from 1st June until 31st May every year.  All members are therefore sent an invoice around the 1 June each year.

Will I belong to a branch?

If you are situated in an area where there is an existing branch of the Institute you will automatically be assigned to that branch.

If you are in an area without a current Institute branch you will belong to the Institute international branch network which is co-ordinated from our head office in London.

What benefits do I get belonging to a branch?

If you belong to a branch in your country you will have the opportunity to attend branch committee meetings, as well as various events throughout the year such as seminars, lectures, meetings and branch dinners.

If you contact your local branch directly, they will be able to give you a much clearer idea of exactly what activities they organise and how you may be able to contribute. You can find the contact details for all our branches on our website.

Can I attend other branch events?

As members of the Institute you can attend events in any branch around the world.  It's just one of the benefits of belonging to a truly international organisation.

Please let us know where you are travelling to at membership@ics.org.uk and we'll put you in touch with the branch.

Will I receive the Institute professional journal 'Shipping Network'?

The Shipping Network is produced four times a year and is full of industry articles that support your ongoing professional development.  Shipping Network is available on the Institute website, but it's also posted to all members and fellows worldwide.

If you would like a hard copy of Shipping Network, you can request this through your branch or to head office at: membership@ics.org.uk.

When do I receive my Institute membership certificate?

As a new member, you will receive your Institute certificate and your tie or scarf once we receive your first subscription payment.

Where can I find a Shipbroker or Agent? Is there a list of all Institute members?

All members can request a list of Institute membership companies, simply email us at membership@ics.org.uk



Can I purchase Institute merchandise?

Institute members can purchase a range of merchandise including ties, scarves and shields.  If you get in touch with us at membership@ics.org.uk we will be able to give you more information and a price list.

I do not work in shipping anymore can I still be a member?

You can retain your connection to the Institute as a Retired Member, which will allow you to maintain your enjoyment of the Institute benefits.

In addition to continuing to receive the Shipping Network magazine, we have also upgraded our member's database at www.shipbrokers.org where you can maintain contact with colleagues and friends in the industry.

Retired member status

If you have retired from your career in shipping you do have the opportunity to continue your connection to the Institute as a Retired Member, which will allow you to maintain your enjoyment of the Institute benefits.

Members receive the Shipping Network magazine and we have also upgraded our member's database at www.shipbrokers.org where you can maintain contact with colleagues and friends in the industry.

What are the benefits of membership in a nutshell?

Membership to the Institute offers some great benefits. These include;

  • Having the initials MICS after your name
  • Belonging to a worldwide network of professionally educated and trusted individuals
  • Attending events and seminars aimed at continuous professional development
  • Access to the Institute membership database available at www.shipbrokers.org
  • Having an annual membership card (that can be used to validate your membership and allow entry to branch events)
  • Receiving the Institute journal Shipping Network
  • Belonging to a professional body thus helping to gain a competitive advantage in your commercial and professional life.
  • Institute members qualify for a 30% discount on a new Lloyd's List subscription.

My membership has expired

If you would like to consider reviving your membership of the institute please visit our website at www.ics.org.uk to catch up on the latest developments in the Institute.

Re-instatement as a member, once subscriptions have been unpaid for more than 3 years, requires a process of re-election by the Institute Executive Council to membership or fellowship status, and payment of three years' subscriptions - i.e. the current year and a flat amount equal two previous years membership fees.

We also have a Retired category of membership which covers members who are either retired, currently unemployed or would like to maintain their membership while working for a period within a different industry.

If you would like to consider rejoining the Institute or would like to discuss your options please do not hesitate to get in touch: membership@ics.org.uk

Shipbroker.org help

Since the Institute's establishment in 1911, one of the most valuable privileges was being part of a network of likeminded shipbrokers, all qualified to a similar standard, all of whom shared a philosophy about professionalism and ethics.

For many years the Institute published its list of members, and their contact details, allowing members to reach out to each other, and conduct business together.

Some years ago, the practice of printing the membership list was discontinued, however, the Institute, feeling that this should be reinstated, started a large project to bring the member list back up to date, and to make it accessible in the modern world. It was decided that it would be useful to develop an online membership directory, where members could search for each.  Further developments scheduled for 2015 will allow members to also specific which sectors they specialise in, and if they wish to make their information accessible (only to other members).

As the Institute is an international organisation we must abide by a great variety of regulations and laws. In this case, we have some restrictions in certain countries regarding the use of personal data, and therefore, members are not automatically visible to other members - instead, they must log in to the membership directory and choose to make their details visible.

As you can imagine, with our large global membership, it is taking some time for this new membership benefit to embed itself, and whilst we are working to encourage all members to use this facility, it will take about 12 months before we will see close to 100% take up.

Please feel free to get in touch with us at membership@ics.org.uk if you have any further queries.

What if I cannot complete my payment on line via shipbrokers.org

We are sorry to hear that you had a problem.  We have a number of securities in place to ensure our online system is secure, and it can sometimes be overly strict.  You are not the only member with this issue and we are working with our developers to find a solution to this.

Sincere apologies for this inconvenience.  If you would like to call any time during office hours at +44 (0) 20 7623 1111 we will be able to take the payment via card over the phone, or if you can give me a suitable time, we can call you.

If you prefer to email us, please do so at: membership@ics.org.uk