Types of Membership
Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers means much more than the initials after your name.
As the largest network of professional shipbrokers, managers and agents, ICS membership is internationally recognised as a mark of professionalism in the shipping industry.
Membership categories are listed here with a full explanation of each category.
If you meet the specific entry requirement for one of the categories below, you will find further details on how to apply by going to the relevant page of this membership section.
Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers means much more than the initials after your name. As the largest network of professional shipbrokers, managers and agents, ICS membership is internationally recognised as a mark of professionalism in the shipping industry.
This is our largest Membership category, with the vast majority of Members achieving their status through examination.
To be eligible for Membership, you must comply with the following:
1. Have a bona fide connection to the commercial shipping industry at the time of application. This includes brokers, agents, principals, owners, lawyers, seafarers, insurers and cover a wide range and scope of activity.
2. Have passed the Institute's Professional Qualifying Examinations, or have submitted a dissertation that satisfies the criteria and is approved by the Institute's Education and Training Committee.
3. Be no less than 21 years old
4. Have satisfied the Controlling Council that he or she is a fit and proper person to become a Member
Once eligible, applicants may apply by completing and signing the application for membership form in full to either the branch or directly to the head office.
Your application then needs to be endorsed by your local branch and the ICS Vetting Committee before being sent to the Controlling Council for final approval.
Fellow of the Institute and an official Chartered Shipbroker
Fellows are Members holding positions of senior responsibility in the commercial shipping industry.
Fellows are entitled to call themselves 'Chartered Shipbrokers'
In addition to the benefits afforded all Members, Fellows are able to serve on the Controlling Council and be elected to Vice Chairman and Chairman of the ICS.
Members who wish to apply for Fellowship need to comply with the following conditions:
1. Shall be a fully paid up Member.
2. Be a principal in a firm, a director of a company, or a person holding a position of senior responsibility within the commercial shipping industry at the time of application.
3. Shall have satisfied the Controlling Council that he or she is a fit and proper person to become a Fellow.
Those who meet the above conditions may apply for promotion to Fellowship of the Institute using the application form to the right.
Members & Fellows who retire from business either permanently or temporarily and no longer gainfully employed in shipbroking may if they wish become Retired Fellows or Retired Members respectively.
If you would like to apply for Retired Member status, please complete the form on the right.
To qualify for life membership, a retired Fellow or Member must be recommended by their Branch. The application in writing needs to be submitted to the Head Office by 1 September annually so that it can be considered for approval by Controlling Council.
Life membership should be considered for those retired Fellows or Members who over a protracted period have made a significant contribution to ICS, for example, having been the Chairman of the Institute, Branch or specialist committee member, Tutor, Examiner and so on.
A Life member is entitled to all the benefits of membership except the right to vote or take part in the 'affairs' of ICS.
This category is open to those who have made a significant contribution to commercial shipping and have been nominated by at least three Fellows. It is the highest honour bestowed by the Institute. The current list includes:
Dr Shri S Hajara
Dr Helmut Sohmen
John H Parker
George F Doughtie
John A Hadjipateras
To be eligible for Honorary Fellowship, candidates have to be nominated by at least three members of the Controlling Council and the approval is granted by a simple majority.