Certified Marine Surveyor
|Founded in 1962, The National Association of Marine Surveyors is the oldest professional surveyor's organization. NAMS members cover a broad spectrum of disciplines, from inspecting recreational boats and commercial shipping, to heavy lift equipment and cargo. In order to achieve the NAMS Certified Marine Surveyor designation, members first must have a minimum of five years surveying under their belt, then must go through a lengthy screening process before finally sitting for a written exam. CMS members must work as full time marine surveyors. Bylaws prohibit CMS memebers from working in any other part of the marine industry as an active means of prohibiting conflicts of interest. To put it bluntly- NAMS always has been considered a pain to get into. In hindsight, I can honestly say that the hurdles and expectations are fair to expect of anyone who would consider themselves a professional. Most importantly, the grief endured by applicants is all in order to maintain the standards of the organization as well as to protect the public.|
Certified Marine Investigator
|The International Association of Marine Investigators is an alliance of law enforcement and private industry investigators around the globe. IAMI's mission is twofold: first to provide an annual training seminar that covers the essential elements of marine accident, fire, theft & fraud investigations; and secondly to maintain a network of current members that will be able to assist each other with jobs that often cross state and national boundaries.|
|The International Association of Arson Investigators is committed to furthering the field of fire science and fire investigation. Fire investigation has changed dramatically over the past ten years. NFPA publication #921 has set out the guidelines for the scientific approach to investigating the scene and preserving evidence. The IAAI is at the forefront of raising the level of education and awareness in this field of investigation.|
|The American Boat and Yacht Council literally wrote the book on safety standards for the boat business. Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft is the go to source that covers virtually every conceivable marine system. The ABYC Project technical committees meet to constantly monitor & rewrite standards in keeping up with the industry. I'm proud not only to be a member of this organization, but also to help their educational division as an instructor for Marine Accident Investigation.|
Memberships & Links
I can't help it, but this page makes me think of the Groucho Marx line, "I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members." I guess the real point of the page is to give credit where it's due. I'm the first one to say that I didn't learn all I know on my own. Affiliations with professional organizations shouldn't be used as placards to imply competence, although often times this is the case. I'd like to think that the organizations are there to share information and "raise the bar" for the marine industry as a whole. Without question, my entry and advancement in the industry was aided to a great exent by the the professional relationships I've managed to build through my affiliation with the following organizations. Click on the logos to link to their web sites if you'd like to get in touch with them directly.
I'll try to expand this page with links to web sites that I've found helpful.