Shipping Industry Recognised Education via TutorShip

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) offers education in the field of ship brokerage and shipping through TutorShip. The education in the TutorShip program is web based. English course literature and supervisors are used.

Supervisors check the students have understood the content of the courses. Each course contains 10 chapters, after completing each chapter students send their coursework their supervisor. The answers will then be reviewed and returned with the mark and comments. The use of supervisors is strongly recommended.

The TutorShip programme is affiliated with “The Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence colleges”, which has high standards of quality and procedures.

The TutorShip program offers a total of 16 different courses, 5 of which are specifically targeted towards ship mediation. The other courses are broader and include law, shipping economy & International Trade, offshore, maritime insurance and intermodal transport and logistics.

This education is suited not only for new shipping company employees, brokers (or those who may think of being ship brokers), but for new employees in most of the maritime industry (banking, insurance, attorneys, etc.). Because education is web-based, one can choose when best to study. Apart from the exams, see exam timetable here, the whole education can therefore happen at home, at work or wherever one might desire.


There are three levels of qualification:


For a newbie to the shipping industry.


For people with basic knowledge in shipping.


For people with any of the following:
• 24 months relevant experience in the shipping industry
• The TutorShip Foundation Diploma
• The Tutorship Advanced Diploma
• Degree in Shipping


Please see the study modules/subjects/courses here:

Group 1 Subjects/Courses:

Introduction to Shipping
Legal Principles in Shipping Business
Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade
Shipping Business

Group 2 Subjects/Courses

Dry Cargo Chartering
Ship Operations & Management
Tanker Chartering
Ship Sale & Purchase
Liner Trades
Port Agency
Port and Terminal Management
Logistics & Multi-modal Transport
Offshore Support Industry
Shipping Law
Marine Insurance
Shipping Finance

Read more about each subject/course by clicking the links on the right hand side of this page if you are using a desktop PC/laptop or scroll down for the links if you are using a mobile device.


How to begin your study

TutorShip is the ICS’ own distance learning programme. A highly flexible study option that fits around your work and home life. TutorShip is a study method that provides the necessary preparation for the Institute’s examinations but also gives students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the industry and develop career potential. TutorShip courses are written by leading practitioners in their field and updated annually.


Once enrolled in a TutorShip course you will receive:

Personal tutor

– your dedicated Institute tutor who is a subject expert to provide you with assignment feedback and guidance for success at examination.

Course book

– a comprehensive series of peer-reviewed books written by professionals in the shipping industry and drawing on the latest industry research.

Tutorship Work-book

– an invaluable companion to the course book and packed with useful resources including syllabus, tips and techniques, model answer, self-assessment questions, tutor-marked assignments and mock examination.

Examination entry

– included in the package price with over 100 exam centres offered worldwide


How to register/enrol for a course

The Institute’s next academic year opens on 1st August 2017
To sit an exam with the Institute during the 2017/18 academic year, you will need to register as a student. This can be done after 1st August online at


Course Fees

Click here to see the course fees.


Where to take your examinations

Please click here to see the list of Examination Centres around the world.

Please feel free to contact us, we are at your disposal for questions and advice!

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