Courses & Tutorship


At the core of the Institute’s programme of education is a syllabus which covers 16 key subject areas across the industry, each of which is assessed annually by examination.  The subjects are placed in groups:

Group 1 – Compulsory

Introduction to Shipping

Legal Principles in Shipping Business

Economics of Sea Transport & International Trade

Shipping Business (compulsory in the first year)

Group 1 subjects form the compulsory components of the Institute’s qualifications, as they cover the essential aspects of the maritime industry.

Group 2 – Optional

Dry Cargo Chartering

Ship Operations & Management

Ship Sale & Purchase

Tanker Chartering

Liner Trades

Port Agency

Logistics & Multi-modal Transport

Port & Terminal Management

Offshore Support Industry

       Shipping Law

Marine Insurance

Shipping Finance

The Institute’s examinations and qualification are designed to be broadly comparable with degree-level standard, to give you an idea of the depth of study and quality of work required.

If you are from a company where several people are studying for the examinations, it may be possible to provide extra support on a group basis.  For information on this please e-mail



TutorShip is the Institute’s own distance learning program.  TutorShip is a study method that provides the necessary preparation for the Institute’s examinations but also gives students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the industry and develop career potential.

TutorShip courses are written by leading practitioners in their field and updated annually.

You can enroll for TutorShip via the London Head Office.  All our tutors, worldwide, are approved by the Institute’s Head Office in London and they are specialists in their field.

Some ITCs also organise other training courses, revision events and seminars for students and members.  Contact your local ITC or branch for more information.

Once enrolled in a TutorShip course you will receive:

  • the latest TutorShip course book;
  • allocated tutors, who will guide you through your studies and answer your questions;
  • assignments for each chapter and a mock examination that are submitted  to your course tutor for marking and feedback.

You should take a TutorShip course if you are looking for:

  • a highly flexible study option that fits around your work and home life;
  • a truly portable and international form of study that moves and works with you;
  • a structured and easy to follow format;
  • the personal support of an industry expert.

TutorShip is a successful formula that will help you to pass your exams!

You can register for TutorShip directly online by logging in to your personal account at



  • December 19, 2017 17:00Montreal: Christmas Pub Night
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