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NAMSGlobal Applicant Experience Credit and Qualifications Procedure

The National Association of Marine Surveyors, Inc. (NAMSGlobal) welcomes your interest in joining the premier marine surveyor’s professional organization. This document provides information that describes NAMSGlobal’s various levels of marine surveyor membership, and how one achieves Apprentice, Associate or Certified Marine Surveyor (NAMS-CMS) status. Please read through the following descriptive information, and then address the membership application form itself.

When completed please submit your completed application, five reports, a current professional resume or Curriculum Vitae and your check for the application fee.

Basic Membership Requirements

NAMS Qualifications Matrix

Marine Surveyor Qualification
By Membership Level
Capability
Apprentice
Associate
Certified (CMS)
Education /
Qualification
  • Some experience in an appropriate area of the Marine Industry or
  • Appropriate University Degree or
  • Appropriate Merchant Marine License
  • 3 years experience in an appropriate area of the Marine Industry or
  • Appropriate University Degree or
  • Appropriate Merchant Marine License
  • 5 years experience in an appropriate area of the Marine Industry or
  • Appropriate University Degree or
  • Appropriate Merchant Marine License or
  • Professional or Chartered Engineer
Work Experience
  • Does not yet meet qualification for Associate
  • 3 years minimum Marine Surveying Experience or
  • 1+ year as a NAMS apprentice or
  • Relevant industry/armed forces experience
  • 5 years minimum in Marine Surveying or
  • 3+ years with a recognized Marine Survey Company or
  • Revelant industry/armed forces experience
Language Skills
  • Good communication skills including basic English written and oral abilities
  • Good communication skills including basic English written and oral abilities
  • Good communication skills including basic English written and oral abilities
Technical Skills
  • General knowledge of computers
  • All appropriate certification to work in field
  • General knowledge of computers
  • All appropriate certification to work in field
  • Technical Report Writing (submit 5 reports)
  • General knowledge of computers
  • All appropriate certification to work in field
  • Technical Report Writing (submit 5 reports)
Alternate
Qualification
  • Practicing marine surveyor enrolled in a recognized marine survey degree program and at least 20% complete
  • Practicing marine surveyor enrolled in a recognized marine survey degree program and at least 50% complete
  • Practicing marine surveyor with degree from recognized marine survey degree program

Sponsorship:

Applicants for all three levels of marine surveyor membership in NAMSGlobal require the sponsorship of NAMS-CMS or Retired Life Member.

Application Process:

This membership application packet will be completed by the applicant and screened in accordance with the organization guidelines by the NAMSGlobal office and NAMS-CMS members in good standing.

Upon acceptance of the application by NAMSGlobal, the ethics test will be taken and passed by the applicant in
order to proceed.

NAMS-CMS Technical Examination:

Each NAMS-CMS candidate will be tested in their selected discipline as follows:

  1. Testing must be completed within ninety (90) days of notification of successful screening. Failure to sit
    for the NAMS-CMS examination within this time frame may be grounds for terminating the applicant’s status.
  2. A passing grade of at least 70% on each module of the exam, and a cumulative test average of not less than 75% for the entire exam is required for NAMS-CMS status.
  3. Applicants who do not receive a passing grade will have the opportunity to re-test for that module. Retesting will occur no less than ninety (90) days and within 180 days of initial examination. During that period the candidate will retain their prior membership/application status. Failure to achieve a passing examination grade on a second exam may be grounds for terminating the applicant’s status.

Fees & Dues – (Payable in US Dollars)

Application Fee (Full/Certified & Associate Members Only)
* The Application Fee is to be submitted with application and is non-refundable.
U.S. $200.00*
Current Annual Dues (Full/Certified Member) U.S. $500.00*
Current Annual Dues (Associate Member) U.S. $350.00*
Current Annual Dues (Apprentice Member) U.S. $125.00*

* Annual dues are payable on notice of election, regular annual dues are payable January 1, at each calendar year. Members elected after July 1, in any calendar year are assessed one half year dues.

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