Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs)

Inspector competence is a key part of delivering a consistently good eCMID or eMISW inspection report. To ensure sufficient levels of competence and current experience in vessel inspection, as agreed by the industry, IMCA requires those preparing eCMID and eMISW reports to hold Accredited Vessel Inspector (AVI) status.

IMCA recognises the Accredited Vessel Inspector (AVI) scheme operated by the Marine Surveying Academy (MSA) of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS). The scheme provides assurance that AVIs are suitably qualified and experienced personnel (SQEP) for inspecting the categories of vessel for which they are endorsed. Inspectors undertake a programme of continuing professional development (CPD) and must renew their accreditation periodically.

Full details on the AVI scheme can be found at, including:

  • Accreditation requirements and process
  • Forthcoming training courses and AVI conferences
  • ‘Find an Inspector’ online directory