Verifier Training Guidance Published

Posted by Michelle Howard
Friday, January 17, 2014
Jane Bugler

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Competence Assurance & Assessment guidance, originally launched in January 1999 and regularly updated (last update 2012), is designed to facilitate improved safety in the offshore industry by providing a framework for IMCA’s marine contractor members to assess and demonstrate to other the competence of their safety-critical personnel. Now new associated guidance has been published for verifier training.



“Assessment naturally should be supported by verification of the assessment of the individual’s competence; the role of the verifier is to check or verify assessments that have been completed offshore; and a verifier should be used as part of a company’s in-house audit arrangements – his or her role is naturally of vital importance,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.



“We have just published ‘Guidance on Verifier Training’ (IMCA C 016). This aims to provide a checklist of the topics to be considered for inclusion in a verifier training program and the appropriate auditing arrangements for such a program.



“As an association we do not approve or formally recognize any particular verifier training course or program – this type of training given to a verifier is for each IMCA member to determine. However, our new document, although not intended as a formal training document, sets out aspects which would normally be included in a verifier training program. The provision of verifier guidelines can be useful in achieving a more consistent level of assessment.”



In the new document IMCA points out that some form of monitoring and support will often be required to be in place to ensure that new verifiers are clear about the role they are to perform and are supported as they find their feet with this important role.



“This can also help to address the issues of lack of objectivity and natural bias,” says Jane Bugler. “Some companies address this challenge by putting internal quality assurance or internal verification processes in place and focus on supporting verifiers rather than a traditional auditing approach.”



As well as providing background information on the structure and process of competence assurance schemes, the guidance has sections devoted to ‘Who are the verifiers and what do they do?’; ‘Training for verifiers’; ‘Formal Verifier and Assessor Standards and Qualifications’; ‘ ‘Verifier training challenges’; and ‘Providing Support and Advice’
 


The new publication is available online for free downloading by IMCA members and non-members alike, and printed copies can be bought from IMCA at £5.00 (zero VAT) for members and £10.00 for non-members (plus delivery charge where applicable) from publications@imca-int.com.

 

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt.

Tug Boat Owner Jailed After Crew Man Dies

A tug boat owner was today was given an 8 month custodial sentence after his crew member died trying to reattach a tow line in a violent storm. During today’s hearing at Southampton Crown Court,

COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions

The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany.

Education/Training

COMPIT to Showcase Smarter Ships, Systems & Solutions

The 14th International Conference on Computer and IT Applications in the Maritime Industries (COMPIT) will take place from 11th to 13th May 2015 in Ulrichshusen, Germany.

Long Beach Harbor Tour Season

Long Beach Port is once again giving tourists opportunity to enjoy a rare view of port operations on a free Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The organizers are

Zamakona Yards' Commitment to Well-being

Recently employees of Zamakona Yards participated in a training course for maintaining Health, Safety and Environment (HSE). The theoretical practice focused on working at heights,

Maritime Safety

USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt.

Tug Boat Owner Jailed After Crew Man Dies

A tug boat owner was today was given an 8 month custodial sentence after his crew member died trying to reattach a tow line in a violent storm. During today’s hearing at Southampton Crown Court,

ClassNK's Structural Rules for Bulkers & Tankers

The Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) has announced the establishment of its “Common Structural Rules for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tanker” (Rules for the Survey and

Vessels

USCG Free Boat from Ice Near Woods Hole

A Coast Guard crew responded to a fishing vessel trapped in ice in Woods Hole Passage, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Saturday. At about 3 p.m., the crew of the fishing boat Capt.

Tug Boat Owner Jailed After Crew Man Dies

A tug boat owner was today was given an 8 month custodial sentence after his crew member died trying to reattach a tow line in a violent storm. During today’s hearing at Southampton Crown Court,

Long Beach Harbor Tour Season

Long Beach Port is once again giving tourists opportunity to enjoy a rare view of port operations on a free Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The organizers are

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Offshore Oil Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2919 sec (3 req/sec)