CMarTech Certification

The Marine Technology Society, in partnership with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), is entering into a pilot program to begin offering the Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech) certification.

The CMarTech credential is registered by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, which has a Royal Charter from the United Kingdom, to award suitably qualified and experienced applicants the title of Charted Marine Technologist.

In an effort to provide members with an opportunity to advance their professional profile through certification, MTS and SUT are piloting programs to make the CMarTech credential available through both Societies. After the successful pilot program, additional types of certifications may be offered.

We have launched a pilot of the certification program. We have the first group of certification candidates lined up and we are currently seeking 3-5 MTS members (well-established marine technologists), who would be willing to conduct assessments of our candidates. These ‘assessors’ will have established themselves through education, training, and work experience, as accomplished marine technologists. The role of the assessors will primarily be to conduct a 1-2 hour interview with the candidates, to determine their qualifications for certification as a CMarTech. For the pilot project of the certification program, we assume each assessor will conduct 2 or 3 interviews. 

Please contact Kathleen.Herndon@mtsociety.org to volunteer or receive more information.

About Chartered Marine Technologists

Chartered Marine Technologists are professionals who harness, manage or apply marine technology, and are characterized by their ability to deal with complex issues, both systematically and creatively, and make sound judgments in the absence of complete data to develop solutions to problems and communicate conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Who Should Apply?

Typically, Chartered Marine Technologists use marine technologies in their work, in fields ranging from ocean engineering, to ocean observing and research, to shipping and other marine activities.

Knowledge Requirements

The CMarTech credential is open to everyone who can demonstrate the required, high-level knowledge and professional competence. The generally accepted educational standard is a Masters-level qualification in an approved subject area. However, in lieu of a Masters Degree, it is possible to demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge through a combination of academic awards and/or appropriate experiential learning.

Competencies

The following is a summary of the general competencies that need to be demonstrated. 

  • Use a combination of general and specialist knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology.
  • Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of problems.
  • Provide technical and commercial leadership.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognizing obligations to society, the profession, and the environment.

About the Application Process

CMarTech candidates will complete an application and pay a fee, then the application will be reviewed by MTS to ensure that the basic requirements are met. Applications will then be forwarded to a Professional Review Panel. Applicants will meet with the panel for a Professional Review Interview, where their knowledge and experience will be discussed in detail. The Review Panel will then submit their findings to MTS for final approval and certification. No test-taking is required as part of the certification process.

Why Get a CMarTech Certification?

This internationally-recognized certification offers professionals a way to stand-out and set themselves apart in the growing Blue Economy. Even people who have PhD’s and other advanced degrees, can benefit from validation of their marine technology knowledge and skills. It also provides a benchmark for government, regulatory, and commercial employers, as well as providing legal credibility and denoting one’s professional standing.

Volunteers Needed to Participate in Pilot Program

We are currently seeking 3-5 MTS members (well-established marine technologists), who would be willing to conduct assessments of our pilot group of certification candidates. These ‘assessors’ will have established themselves through education, training, and work experience, as accomplished marine technologists. The role of the assessors will primarily be to conduct a 1-2 hour interview with the candidates, to determine their qualifications for certification as a CMarTech. For the pilot project of the certification program, we assume each assessor will conduct 2 or 3 interviews. 

Please contact Kathleen.Herndon@mtsociety.org to volunteer or receive more information.

 
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