The MNTB Centre Recognition scheme provides independent verification for ‘best in class’ training centres, whilst also serving as a valuable quality improvement process in its own right.
To achieve recognition, a centre must meet a detailed series of good practice criteria set by the MNTB, whilst also being an institution capable of providing effective training that meets identified industry needs.
The scheme is ISO9001 accredited and has the full involvement and support of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry.
“It’s a big benefit to us to be independently verified and certified by an internationally recognised organisation. We believe we set high standards as a training provider and wanted to prove that.”
How to apply
Applications for Centre Recognition are made directly to the MNTB. The submission form (click here to download) contains information on the 10 key criteria by which centres are measured, and the requirements for meeting them.
Applications are subject to a registration fee of £250 (plus VAT as applicable), which is waived for UK Chamber of Shipping members.
How it works
Every application is given a full and thorough assessment. Should the application be rejected at this initial stage, we will provide a detailed report, identifying any missing information or unmet criteria. We will also offer support and guidance on how to reach the required standards. Re-applications are always welcome once a centre is confident that it has rectified the issues identified in the report.
Applicants who pass the initial assessment move forward to the full evaluation process, which incorporates a site visit and is subject to a separate evaluation fee. This is carried out, overseen and verified by the MNTB’s Recognition Services Review Committee.
“The evaluation was a concise process, but covered all the relevant areas. It looked at every aspect of what we do here, including the welfare of our delegates and our management systems. Like any audit, another pair of eyes looking over our courses and systems is no bad thing, and suggested improvements are taken as valuable feedback.”
After completion of the evaluation process, the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Executive Board has the final authority to award recognition. Successful centres will receive the MNTB Recognition Services ‘quality mark’ to use on their course materials and across their marketing activities for an initial three-year period.
- A list of MNTB Recognised Centres can be found here
- For more information on our Quality Policy, please click here