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Introduction to Class and Statutory Surveys

Course information

Target group:

Who the course is for: The course Introduction to Class and Statutory Surveys is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the classification and statutory certification processes. This may include: Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Shipyards Technical Staff; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; Naval Architects; Marine Engineers; Etc.



This training course describes the classification and statutory certification processes and provides an overview of the class and statutory surveys.


On completion of the training, students will be able to:

Understand the classification process and get familiar with classification terms, definitions and rules.

Understand the process of Statutory Certification and get familiar with Statutory Certification terms.

Know the scope of Classification and Statutory Certification


Module 1 – Classification

History of classification

History of Bureau Veritas

Classification Societies and IACS


Scope of classification: Classification tasks, responsibilities of other parties, classification certificate, request for intervention, surveyor's intervention, operation and maintenance of ships, flag and port state control inspections 

Classification notations: Class symbols, construction marks, service notations, navigation and operating area notations, additional class notations

Classification process: Assignment of class for new buildings, classification after construction, class reassignment, maintenance of class

General principles of surveys: Survey procedure, definitions, survey preparation and conditions for surveys, terminology

Survey types: Class renewal surveys, other periodical surveys, occasional surveys

Suspension and withdrawal of class

Scope of surveys: Annual surveys, intermediate survey, class renewal survey, bottom survey, tailshaft survey, boiler survey

Module 2 – Statutory Certification

History of statutory conventions


International conventions: SOLAS, COLREG, Load Lines, MARPOL, AFS, BWM 

Recognitions and authorisations


Statutory surveys

Periodicity of statutory surveys

Survey findings

Types of statutory certificates

Issuance of statutory certificates


On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded the following qualifications:

Certificate of Introduction to Class and Statutory Surveys awarded by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Introduction to Class and Statutory Surveys, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore, is obtained after completing the course and passing the qualification examination.


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