SMS / QSHE Standards Training Certificate : Maritime Auditor

With the introduction of the ISM and the ISPS Code, the requirements to audit safety and security systems within companies and onboard ships brought the subject of competence of internal auditors to the fore.SMS / QHSE Standards Training Certificate

Even though the ILO Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 does not specifically require internal audits it just makes sense to integrate the required MLC inspections into the existing ISM/ISPS auditing system. This is also a good measure to save time and money.

With principal objective to qualify participants as internal or integrated auditors enabling them to prepare and conduct internal audits/verifications within their shipping companies in accordance with accepted auditing principles.

All management systems must be audited on a regular basis to assess their effectiveness in achieving acceptable standards and to identify points for improvement.

Quality and Safety Management Key Points

  • QMS and SMS – Common Methods and Techniques, but different Objectives:
    • QMS Objective is Customer Satisfaction
    • SMS Objective is Aviation Safety Focused
  • Not required to have a QMS, but if an entity does have one, it cannot conflict with SMS

"There seems to be an underlying misunderstanding between a quality management system and a safety management system. You can have a quality product or service, as defined by the ISO standards, and still not have a safe product or service.

"Part of the confusion stems from the adoption of some of the same types of tools and techniques used in quality management, to manage the safety system. Trade association presidents, and regulators state that SMS is a businesslike approach to managing safety; and this is correct. However, many people falsely assume this to mean that processes designed to produce a quality product, (repeatedly doing the same thing, without variation) equates to the same thing as repeatedly producing a safe product.

"It is how the tools and techniques are used, along with a focus on investigation of events, which makes the quality and safety management systems different. The quality systems do not investigate incidents or accidents for risk assessment. Quality systems audit output of a process only for variance, and makes adjustments. SMS investigates events, looking for contributing factors from all influencing sources.

"One of the purposes of an SMS is to improve the safety performance, and therefore reduce the exposure to risk of having an accident. It is not focused on the safety record per se. Quality systems are focused on continuous improvement also, but through improving the production record rate. This is another source of confusion between the two management system concepts; improving a safety record, is not the same as improving safety performance. There are many aviation companies that have extremely good safety records, but are operating with risky behavior or inadequate organizational structures, and have just not had an accident yet. A good safety record, just like a good quality record, does not guarantee safety."


  • This course is dedicated to the all maritime professionals In order to learn about the requirements related to the conduct of an internal audit in a harmonized system.
  • In this course the participants will qualify as Internal Auditors according ISM/ISO 9001.


  Regulatory Reference

  • Maritime Auditor (ISM, ISPS, MLC);
  • Maritime Auditor (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001).

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