The IRCA Maritime Safety Management Systems Certification Scheme has been developed in line with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code for ships, to provide auditor training and certification for the marine industry.

The ISM code is designed to ensure safety at sea, prevent injury or loss of life and avoid damage to the marine environment. The code was created by the International Maritime Organization in 1993 and became mandatory in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).


You must already have successfully completed the QMS Lead Auditor training course to be eligible for certification in this scheme.

Maritime auditors are certified to operate only within the marine sector (and not as a general quality management systems auditor, or within any other sector environment).


PLEASE NOTE: Following the introduction of ISO 9001:2015, all current IRCA Certificated Maritime Auditors are required to attend IRCA Certified ISO 9001:2015 Transition Training by 1 September 2018 in order to maintain their certification.