The Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE) forms the pinnacle of the ICS qualification.  Completion of these exams is an illustration of one's developed knowledge and understanding of the commercial shipping industry.  It comprises 7 exams which you can do over 5 years. Many people however complete in a much shorter time, and are often also eligible for exemptions to some exams based on industry experience and prior qualifications.  Exemptions don't apply to the Diplomas, so if you are eligible for a few, it may make sense to start your journey with PQE.

Embarking on PQE will mean you need to sit a minimum of two exams in your first year (one of which must be Shipping Business), and can pick and choose how many to take thereafter from the syllabus.  Once you have completed your PQEs you will be eligible to apply for membership with the Institute.

Compulsory Papers - Group 1

These papers are compulsory because they represent the fundamental underpinnings of all activity within the commercial shipping industry. Shipping Business must be taken within your first year of study:

Optional Papers - Group 2

Optional papers cover a wide range of practical shipping disciplines in considerable detail:

Optional Papers - Group 3

maximum offive years, can complete in fewer years