The Marine Surveying Academy Ltd (MSA), based in Portchester, Hampshire, UK, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Institute of Marine Surveying Ltd (IIMS). As an organisation, MSA is dedicated to providing the best quality marine surveyor-based training, although it operates in other specialist marine-related areas too, including marine accreditation.
As the commercial arm of the Institute, MSA is able to call on a wide selection of members and other maritime specialists and experts, who have various skills and knowledge acquired over many years. On one level the aim of the MSA is to provide basic, day-long, short course training marine surveyors in a range of subjects. On another level, the MSA delivers training and examinations leading to formal accreditation and qualifications certified by the IIMS.
The MSA is constantly evolving and is being developed to meet the growing demand from a number of international marine organisations for specialised skills-based training and accreditation schemes. Increasingly MSA is delivering these training programmes online and on catch-up on demand, but will also deliver these training solutions at various locations, using tutors and examiners who are highly experienced in these specialist and, in some cases, niche areas.
MSA runs the highly specialised International Registered Marine Insulation Inspectors programme and qualification, leading to accreditation and certification by IIMS. Similarly, MSA runs the course that leads to the Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors standard and qualification for those who survey and inspect complex superyacht coatings systems. And in 2015, MSA was appointed to manage the eCMID AVI Accreditation Scheme on behalf of the International Marine Contractors Association.