'Recognition' is defined by The Nautical Institute as the process of evaluating and endorsing a maritime training product or service which aligns with the constitutional aim of The Nautical Institute of raising professional standards and supporting professional development. Normally products and services recognised are those which have been considered to meet the following criteria:
‘Product or service’ in this scheme may include, but is not limited to: training standards, model courses, training programmes, distance learning schemes, training tools and materials (including simulation) and training products (including books, videos and other multimedia).
The Nautical Institute will not normally offer “recognition” in areas which The NI offers accreditation services or which, in any other way, conflicts with NI activities.
The benefits of recognition to providers of maritime training products and services are among the following:
Nautical Institute recognition is valid for a period of not more than 1 year. On the first and subsequent recognition anniversaries, product or service providers will be invited to apply for renewal by submitting an annual report and completing a renewal form, both available from The Nautical Institute.
For the period of recognition, product or service providers may associate with their product or service the following logo, available from The Nautical Institute:
A policy covering the use of this logo, to preserve the colour, dimensions and implied relationship, is available on The Nautical Institute website. Where this logo is embedded on a third party website, or used electronically, it must be hyperlinked to the recognised products and services page of The Nautical Institute website.
The recognition logo is distributed in jpeg format in colour (shown) and monochrome.
Following the evaluation of a product or service for recognition, The Nautical Institute will return one of the following decisions:
Recognition awarded – the product or service is sufficiently aligned with the aims of The Nautical Institute and from evidence provided, the Institute is satisfied that the processes employed in the provision of the product or service reflect good practice and meet its approval criteria.
Recognition pending– the product or service is sufficiently aligned with the aims of The Nautical Institute but from the evidence provided, the Institute is not yet satisfied that the processes employed in the provision of the product or service reflect good practice or meet its approval criteria. Recognition is awarded once prescribed conditions have been met.
Recognition deferred – the product or service is insufficiently aligned with the aims of The Nautical Institute or from the evidence provided, the Institute is not satisfied that the processes employed in the provision of the product or service reflect good practice or meet the Institute’s approval criteria.Applications for recognition may, at any time, be referred to the Institute’s Professional Development Committee, which retains oversight of the recognition scheme. In all cases, the decision of the committee will be final.
See Scheme Overview
Any complaints received at The Nautical Institute, from either a training provider regarding how their application has been handled or from a course participant regarding the training provider of a course that we have recognised, will be dealt with according to the (5.6) Complaints and Appeals Process in The Nautical Institute Quality Management System.
Complaints should be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org