The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is a maritime-based institution geared towards promoting professional standards in the commercial shipping industry worldwide. ICS is the only internationally recognised professional body in the maritime arena and it represents shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.
With 24 branches in key shipping areas, 4,000 individuals and 120 company members, the institute's membership represents a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards across the shipping industry.
The East Africa Branch is the largest within the institute with approximately 100 members in a wide range of maritime-related disciplines. The branch has continued to play a major role in the development of ICS in all areas. The East Africa branch primarily comprises of members and retired members working or living in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somali, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Having Kenya as the centre results in predominance of broking, legal, insurance and banking professionals although port-related activities, such as agency, surveying and ship operations are still represented in membership. The Kenyan branch is responsible for co-ordination of training. Currently five colleges in Mombasa offer the ICS curriculum.
As a major provider of education and training, ICS sets and examines the syllabus for membership, providing the shipping industry with highly qualified professionals.
The Professional Qualifying Examinations forms the pinnacle of the ICS qualification. These comprise of seven papers taken over a period of five years. ICS offers three levels of qualification: The Foundation diploma, Qualifying, and the Final level. Completion of the final level is equated - by many institutions world wide - to a first degree. This is also the highest maritime training offered in Kenya. Completion of these exams is an illustration of one's developed knowledge and understanding of the commercial shipping industry.