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Diploma in Small Craft Surveying, the leading international marine and ship surveying training course by distance learning.

This small craft specific diploma has enabled over 3,000+ participants to specialise in small craft surveying and focuses on vessels up to 24 metres in registered length. The detailed syllabus provides marine surveyors, potential marine surveyors and associated maritime professionals with a qualification that gives them the knowledge to assist personal and professional development.

Over the 12 months of the course you will explore:

  • Introduction to Small Craft Surveying.
  • Naval Architecture for Small Craft.
  • Small Craft Engineering & Systems.
  • Stability of Small Craft.
  • Small Craft Surveys and Repairs.
  • Survey Management and Reporting.
  • Health & Safety for Surveyors.
  • Marine Law relating to Surveying & Surveyors
  • Marine Insurance for Surveyors
  • Business Skills for the Surveyor
  • Choice of specialist modules in Inland Waterways and Canal Craft, Power Leisure and Sail Leisure Vessels, Fishing Vessels and Small Commercial Craft.

Partnered with The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS)

  • Receive 50% off SCMS membership fee for new members who have completed the Diploma in Small Craft Surveying in the year of application
  • Receive 20% off SCMS membership for existing members who have completed the Diploma in Small Craft Surveying as part of their CPD in the year of doing the course

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Apply for this course with Lloyd's Maritime Academy

Key Information

  • Qualification: Lloyd's Maritime Academy Professional Development Diploma, awarded by North Kent College
  • Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Apply for this course via Lloyd's Maritime Academy
  • CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1 CEUs

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the unique nature of the small craft surveying business
  • Identify the various professional skills required by the marine surveyor for conducting surveys on small craft vessels
  • Analyse the role of the marine surveyor in relation to clients, insurance companies, classification societies and regulatory bodies
  • Describe the methodology required to prepare for and perform various types of survey on small craft
  • Understand small craft and their structure from a naval architecture perspective
  • Discuss the marine survey business with clients with a view to offering accurate, valuable marine survey services
  • Demonstrate a clear, logical approach to performing marine surveys


  • Module 1 - Introduction to Small Craft Surveying
  • Module 2 - Naval Architecture for Small Craft
  • Module 3 - Small Craft Engineering & Systems
  • Module 4 - Stability of Small Craft
  • Module 5 - Small Craft Surveys and Repairs
  • Module 6 - Survey Management and Reporting
  • Module 7 - Health & Safety for Surveyors
  • Module 8 - Marine Law relating to Surveying & Surveyors
  • Module 9 - Marine Insurance for Surveyors
  • Module 10 -Business Skills for the Surveyor

Course Director

Karl Pizzey AssocRINA MCMS

General Manager, Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants

Karl Pizzey is currently the General Manager and Ship Surveyor at ‘Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd’. Having previously been involved in the Further and Higher Education system in a technical capacity for eight years.

Karl is a previous student of the Diploma Course in Small Craft Surveying and completed the course with distinction and now brings first-hand experience of the course, and his subsequent career, training and experience, for the benefit of course participants.

Since completing the course Karl has developed his skills in the marine surveying industry and now holds recognition as an Associate of both the ‘Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)’ and the ‘Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors (SCMS)’.

Through the ‘Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors’ Karl holds approval by the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to perform all workboat code of practice surveys and certification tasks.

In addition to his MCA approval Karl is also an approved Flag State Inspector for all ship types, for the Flag State Administration of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines.

As an employee of ‘Larsens Marine Surveyors & Consultants Ltd’, Karl works as part of a well-established team of experts with extensive experience in the marine industry supported by many decades of technical, regulatory and training experience.

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Bespoke On-site Training

Larsens Marine Surveyors and Consultants provide the complete Training and Consultancy package for your business.

Larsen's Marine Surveyors & Consultants are advocates of continual professional development (CPD) and up-skilling the marine industry workforce. At Larsen's Marine Surveyors & Consultants, we can provide your company with a wide range of course subjects that will help your workforce to continue to deliver a professional service to your clients, here at Larsen's Marine Surveyors & Consultants, we can call upon a wide range of maritime industry knowledge, with lecturers that have a wealth of experience within the maritime industry.

To see how we can help you company maintain and grow your workforce’s skills to compete in the modern high pressure maritime industry, contact us at [email protected] or via telephone at +44 (0)1472 826 820 to see how we can help.

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To discuss your training needs or find out more information contact us on +44 (0)1472 826 820, [email protected] or use the contact button below to send us a quick message and we will contact you.

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