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Diploma in Small Craft Surveying

Aimed specifically at surveyors of small commercial and leisure vessels - training course by distance learning

Starts 20 April 2021

Delivered by tutored distance learning

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Specialised. Recognised. Recommended.

This small craft specific diploma is one of a kind.

Developed in partnership with North Kent College (home to the National Maritime Training Centre), this programme prepares participants with the skills and knowledge to meet the requirements expected of the industry. The detailed syllabus, taught by industry expert tutors, has enabled hundreds of participants to specialise in small craft surveying - with a focus on vessels up to 24 metres in registered length and less than 350 tonnes. 

What’s more, this course is recognised by the following awarding bodies as contributing to an individual member's CPD requirements: 

  • RINA (Royal Institute of Naval Architecture)
  • IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology)
  • SCMS (The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors).

When: 20 April 2021
Where: Delivered online with the support of leading industry experts
Duration: 12 months
Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Diploma, awarded by North Kent College

Ideal for:

  • Captains, Chief Engineers, Chief Officers / First Officers, Directors, Managing Directors, Marine Surveyors, Masters, Principal / Ship Owners, Self Employed, Surveyors, Technical Surveyors

Course Modules | Courses Fees | About Online Learning


100% Online - Learn from wherever you are!

At Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, lifelong learning is a concept that we’re passionate about and for this reason, we make it as accessible and flexible for our students.

Online learning puts you in control of your learning – especially suitable for all of us in the maritime industry where we often spend time away from home. With our courses you are free to study when, where and how you choose, and in the style and the speed that is right for you. Early morning, in a work break, late at night - it is entirely up to you so you can fit your education around your work and/or family commitments.

So what’s stopping you? Get in touch today and find out how we can help provide you with a timely career boost.

"Well thought out course with modules that can be easily followed, covering the basic needs of someone entering the field of small vessel surveying."

- M Smith, HM Coastguard


  • Introduction to Small Craft Surveying
  • Naval Architecture for Small Craft
  • Small Craft Engineering & Systems
  • Stability of Small Craft
  • Small Craft Surveys and Repairs
  • Survey Management and Reporting
  • Health & Safety for Surveyors
  • Marine Law relating to Surveying & Surveyors
  • Marine Insurance for Surveyors
  • Business Skills for the Surveyor

Specialist modules – students choose to study at least one of the following:

  • A - Inland Waterways and Canal Craft
  • B - Power Leisure and Sail Leisure Vessels
  • C - Fishing Vessels
  • D - Small Commercial Craft

Download the full course syllabus to find out more about each module and what you will learn on the course

"I found the course challenging but very rewarding. Well worth the effort."

- Peter Hall, Hall Marine Surveys

"Very pleased with the course. Thoroughly worth the money."

 - Paul Krivosic, Director, Loom Tech Ltd

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MSc Marine Operations

Graduates of the Diploma in Small Craft Surveying can apply to continue their studies to the MSc Marine Operations with Middlesex University with advanced standing entry.  This continuation route has only been recognised for graduates of the Lloyd's Maritime Academy Diploma.


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Recognised by the The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS) as contributing to an individual member’s CPD requirements.

  • Receive 50% off SCMS membership fee for new members who have completed the Diploma in Small Craft Surveying in the year of application
  • Receive 20% off SCMS membership for existing members who have completed the Diploma in Small Craft Surveying as part of their CPD in the year of doing the course


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Recognised by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) as contributing to Continuing Professional Develop requirements


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Recognised by the IMarEST (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology) as contributing to Continuing Professional Develop requirements

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Seafarers get a 15% discount on all Lloyd's Maritime Academy diplomas through the Marine Society

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