To request exemptions during the 2024/25 academic year, you will need to register as a student. This can be done online at www.shipbrokers.org.

Candidates with relevant professional or educational qualifications not older than 7 years may apply for exemptions for a maximum of three subjects.

The PDF files on this webpage show the current list of qualifications by region matched to exemptions. Alongside each qualification are the subjects that can be exempted.

The exemption fee for 2024/25 is £195 GBP per subject and must be paid by the 31st of May 2025.

Evidence of qualifications in the form of a certificate and transcript will be required to support any application. Exemptions are only granted towards the PQE qualification and not towards the Foundation and Advanced Diplomas.

The following subjects can be exempted:

- Introduction to Shipping

It is possible to obtain an exemption from Introduction to Shipping if you have worked in the shipping industry for 2 years or for 1 year if you have also passed the Institute's Understanding Shipping course.  A letter of evidence from your employer will be required.

- Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade

- Marine Insurance

- Shipping Law

- Shipping Finance

- Port and Terminal Management

- Logistics and Multi-modal Transport

- Ship Operations and Management

- Offshore Support Industry

Exemptions are overseen by the Institute's Education and Training Committee (ETC). If you have a maritime qualification that is not listed on this page, the ETC will assess the qualification provided it meets the following criteria:

  1. the course must be maritime related and equivalent to the Institute's Professional Qualifying Examinations (minimum standard of a lower second class (or equivalent) UK degree)
  2. the qualification can be no older than seven years
  3. you must be able to provide an official course certificate and transcript in English or a certified English translation

Please email education@ics.org.uk to make a request.

If you have any general questions relating to exemptions, please contact the education team on education@ics.org.uk