The Marine Technology Society, in partnership with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), has entered into a pilot program to offer the Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech) credential. 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 credentialing, MTS and SUT are piloting programs to make the CMarTech credential available through both Societies. After the successful pilot program, additional types of credentials may be offered. We have launched a pilot of the credentialed program, and expect to complete the first round of candidate assessments by the end of summer 2020
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 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.
To become registered as a Chartered Marine Technologist, applicants must have their competence assessed by the Society as being suitable for CMarTech. The process of assessment starts with a written application. Claims to qualifications, experience and training will require formal documented evidence. In giving details of experience, applicants will need to show how this relates to the required competencies for CMarTech.
Following a review of the documented evidence, the applicant will be required to undertake a professional review interview (PRI). The Society will inform the candidate of the necessary procedures. If deficiencies in the application emerge, the registrar will usually be able to suggest ways in which they can be addressed (this may involve further learning, training or additional experience). If a candidate receives a positive decision on their application for CMarTech, they will become registered as a Chartered Marine Technologist and their details will be included on the Society’s Register of Chartered Marine Technologists. Retention of the designation will require continued membership in the Society and payment of the required annual dues and credential subscription. Candidates may elect to purchase membership in either or both societies, according to their preference.
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 credentialing. No test-taking is required as part of the credentialing process.
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.
Please contact Kathleen.Herndon@mtsociety.org to volunteer or receive more information.