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London School of Shipping


Professional programmes for the Shipping World

The London School of Shipping is part of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, and is conveniently located near London Bridge, where we have flexible state-of-the-art conference and training facilities. Read more about the London School of Shipping and how to find us here.

The School's programmes are led by experienced course leaders supported by visiting expert practitioners from the extensive London maritime community.

The School offers study programmes in preparation to Institute's examinations and a range of professional development courses (PDC) in specific industry sectors.

Furthermore, the London School of Shipping offers in-house training. If your company would like us to design a bespoke course please contact us at: shipping-school@ics.org.uk.

Read more below!

London School of Shipping Offer 2019-2020


EVENING CLASSES - Studying towards recognised qualifications

Foundation Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Qualifying Examinations

The London School of Shipping offers a broad range of study programmes in preparation to Institute's examinations leading to recognised industry qualifications: the Foundational Diploma, the Advanced Diploma, and the Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE). Those holding the PQE qualifications are eligeble for membership to the Institute of Chartered Shipbokers.

Students are able to choose from a range of 14 different subjects when completing their professional qualifications. Every year, from September to May, we run evening classes for each of the subjects on the Institute' syllabus. Each subject is covered through 12 classes and a mock exam. Classes are complemented by topical seminars scheduled throughout the year.

Read more about evening classes, and see the evening class calendar for 2019-2020 here.

Learn first-hand from expert tutors

  • Enhance your professional knowledge and career prospects
  • Modern facilities with guest lecture programme in the heart of international shipping
  • Fully inclusive affordable method of study provided on a not-for-profit basis

What's included in the Evening class's bundle

  • Registration for full academic year
  • Examination entry
  • Two semesters including 12 classes and tutorials - See calendar for 2019-2020 here.
  • Textbook and course materials
  • Dedicated on-site expert tutor
  • Practice assignments assessed by personal tutor
  • Mock exam

Register for evening classes in London using this form. Please return the filled-out form via e-mail to shipping-school@ics.org.uk



By practitioners for practitioners

Face-to-face programmes in commercial shipping disciplines

In addition to courses leading the professional qualifications, the London School of  Shipping offers an additional extensive range of short, face-to-face professional development courses in commercial shipping disciplines, ideal for new starters or those working in the business looking to further their knowledge in specific industry sectors.

Read more about the professional development courses, dates, and how to register here.

- Maritime World Explained

- Introduction to International Trade and Maritime Law

- Fundamentals of Liner Shipping

- Fundamentals of Ship Sale & Purchase

- Fundamentals of Dry Cargo Chartering

- Bills of Lading


IN-HOUSE TRAINING - Get specialised within your sector

Short courses tailored to your specific requirements

All programmes can be offered as in-house courses to groups of employees, tailored to specific requirements and with bespoke content and features included, depending on your needs. This often results in an improved learning experience and reduction of costs associated with travel and accommodation.

Read more about the different courses available as in-house training, here.

For more details and to book call us on: +44 (0)20 7357 9722 or drop us an email at: shipping-school@ics.org.uk


We look forward to welcoming you to the London School of Shipping!