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The International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI) is the largest worldwide network of maritime colleges, schools and universities, who have worked together on progressing Maritime Education for over 100 years, across the Maritime Sectors.

The main role of IAMI is to act as the conduit between the maritime employers & seafarers and the various UK maritime regulators & education bodies; including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the deep-sea employer group via the Chamber of Shipping (at the Merchant Navy Training Board), the Maritime Skills Alliance, and at European Union based educational forums.

IAMI operates four separate education review Sub-Groups, each representing the various seafaring cohorts and maritime sectors, and where IAMI members are invited to attend any relevant Sub Group to discuss and feedback issues on current training, as well as industry led demands for new training and qualification development.

The four sub-groups comprise of the Navigational Sub Group and the Engineering Sub Group who both represent the large commercial sectors, the Restricted Sub Group representing the small craft sectors, which includes mandatory qualifications for Yacht Deck and Tech, and the GUEST Sub Group, representing non-mandatory education and professional development programs within the Superyacht sector, such as for entry level crew, onboard Heads of Department, the Interior hospitality and service crew, and a growing number of yacht related shorebased edifications.

The IAMI GUEST Program is internationally recognised as the Large Yacht Qualifications & Assessment Standard for non-mandatory education. The training provided by IAMI GUEST Accredited Training Providers, based worldwide, follows a strict set of maritime education guidelines forming the benchmark for the learning objectives & assessment criteria for a wide range of training options. From Industry recognised qualifications, to personal and professional development, the courses are delivered by approved Trainers and Specialists offering blended learning options, such as classroom based, interactive workshops, online face to face, virtual platforms and onboard.

IAMI GUEST Accredited Training Providers adapt their own training styles to include the IAMI GUEST learning objectives, with performance evidenced outcomes, which provide clearly defined and targeted learning developed to enhance the careers of all Superyacht Professionals.


  • IAMI members are maritime educators and professional trainers & specialists, based worldwide.

  • IAMI is the conduit for Yacht Education, Qualifications and Professional Development, through ongoing education reviews, training development and monitoring of performance, relevant to all onboard yacht crew.

  • IAMI is tasked by the MCA for producing the Yacht Deck course exams and marking, and the IAMI certification issue.

  • IAMI governs the GUEST Program, and issues the IAMI GUEST certification.

  • IAMI hosts an annual Conference to share and discuss feedback on existing education, industry demands, and innovative learning trends.

Special offer for members

  • 30 euro Full PYA Member discount rate on GUEST CoC application

    (please provide memebrship number for discount on application form)

Contact information

Joey Meen

International Association of Maritime Institutions

IAMI Director (BoD), IAMI GUEST Sub Group Sec & IAMI GUEST Director

+44 7399 662408


The IAMI members include a network of maritime educators and professional trainers & specialists, based worldwide. The main role of IAMI is to act as the conduit for maritime education, qualifications and professional development through its four review Sub Groups, made up of IAMI members, regulators and education bodies, who review current training, new course development and monitor the learning outcomes through exams.

30 euro Full PYA Member discount rate on GUEST CoC application.

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