Chartered Marine Technologist
Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech) is registered by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology (IMarEST), which has a Royal Charter from the United Kingdom, to award suitably qualified and experienced applicants the title of Chartered Marine Technologists. Chartered Marine Technologists are professionals, who harness, exploit, manage, use or apply marine technology in the pursuit of wealth creation and/or the provision of services in the marine sector. They are characterized by their ability to deal with complex issues, both systematically and creatively and can make sound judgments in the absence of complete data to develop solutions to problems and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
In 2020, the Marine Technology Society and the Society for Underwater Technology, entered into a pilot program to offer the Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech) credential, in an effort to provide members with an opportunity to advance their professional profile through credentialing. We faced some challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic but were able to proceed with the pilot virtually.
The application process requires candidates to demonstrate competency in sixteen core areas, including:
- Specialist knowledge,
- Theoretical and practical methods of analysis,
- Technical and commercial leadership,
- Interpersonal skills, and
- A commitment to professional standards and obligations to the profession and the environment.
Candidates’ credentials and experience are scrutinized by at least three experts in Marine Technology in a rigorous vetting process. Only the most highly qualified and experienced candidates are invited to join the elite group of Marine Technologists.
Who Should Apply?
Typically, Chartered Marine Technologists will be professionals from disciplines such as: Fleet Managers, Hydrographers, Marine Superintendents (Deck), Meteorologists, Pilots, ROV pilots, AUV technicians, Marine Logisticians, Deck Officers and Ratings, Marine Surveyors, Shipping Professionals, Harbormasters, University faculty, Navigators, Radar/Sonar Maintenance Experts, Warfare Officers and Ratings and Naval Officers and Ratings, Instrumentation and Platform Designers and Developers, & Offshore oil, gas & Renewables practitioners.
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.
Why Get a CMarTech Credential?
The Chartered Marine Technologist designation has many benefits for individuals, employers and the public as a whole. CMarTech ensures high and improving standards across all technological disciplines; it reflects best practice and is set at an internationally recognized benchmark level. CMarTech encompasses high caliber professionals in the practice, research, application and teaching of technology, and recognizes the increasing focus on transdisciplinary skills for the future of science, engineering and technology. Furthermore, CMarTech registration provides employers with additional assurance of the quality of their workforce. It is of benefit to:
Society, which will be more confident in the competence of an individual and need no longer be confused by a platform of letters and descriptions.
Individual practitioners, by identification as a professional that sets them at the forefront of their profession and offers a passport to job mobility.
Employers, with confirmation, through the designation, of the quality of a job applicant’s qualifications.
Government offices, seeking to hire or appoint permanent staff, advisers, or consultants would have an assurance about the level of an individual’s expertise.
Professional societies and organizations, by providing additional opportunities to benchmark their qualifications.
Higher education, which will be better able to set and monitor benchmarks for their technology courses, and to promote programs of study to meet the high standards required of a Chartered Marine Technologist.
Regulatory Authorities, who could be confident in specifying the designation in legislation and regulations.
Legal credibility, enabling expert witness participation at a defined standard.
Professional standing, recognizing equality of excellence across the technology professions.
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