Education and Training

Courses & Syllabus

Education & Training

Courses and Syllabus

The ICS syllabus for its Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE) is designed to examine students on a wide range of commercial shipping activity.


Compulsory Papers - Group 1

These papers are compulsory because they represent the fundamental underpinnings of all activity within the commercial shipping industry:

  • Introduction to Shipping
  • Legal Principles of Shipping Business
  • Economics of Sea Transport & International Trade
  • Shipping Business

Optional Papers - Group 2

Optional papers cover a wide range of practical shipping disciplines in considerable detail:

  • Dry Cargo Chartering
  • Ship Operations & Management
  • Ship Sale & Purchase
  • Tanker Chartering
  • Liner Trades
  • Port Agency


  • Logistics & Multi-modal Transport
  • Port & Terminal Management
  • Offshore Support Industry
  • Shipping Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Shipping Finance