New Professional Partnership Between Republic of Singapore Navy and
Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) training pipeline has been
accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology
(IMarEST) to establish a streamlined route for marine engineers and
technologists which maps each individual’s professional qualifications
against IMarEST membership from Technician to Chartered Status.
The Institute of
Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is the leading
international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals.
The IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers,
scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary
professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind
with a worldwide membership of 15,000 based in over 100 countries.
accreditation is open to RSN’s Naval Officers, Naval Warfare System
Engineers and Experts, and Naval Divers. The new relationship was marked
by the presentation of accreditation certificates to RSN’s Head
of Naval Training, Colonel (COL) Alex Yit, in a ceremony witnessed by
RSN’s Chief of Navy, Rear-Admiral Ng Chee Peng, on Thursday 23
“The RSN-IMarEST Streamlined Accreditation Programme offers a
platform through which RSN personnel can be recognised externally through
established professional standards. The IMarEST titles signify professional
recognition and attests to our servicemen knowledge, expertise and experience
in a field,” shared COL Yit.
Membership of IMarEST by the newly established streamlined route reduces
the paperwork and amount of evidence required to be produced by individuals.
It helps to speed up administration of membership and attainment of
professional qualifications up to Chartered status. Members have the
immediate advantage of access to IMarEST’s virtual library and
vast bank of technical information as well as other membership benefits.
“We are delighted to have established this close working relationship
with the RSN,” says David Loosley, Chief Executive of IMarEST.
“The streamlined route embraces all elements of training, courses,
and continuing professional development within a job or role and recognises
the high level of training and professional development offered by the
RSN. Now each of their officers will benefit from professional recognition,
and an ongoing programme of training goals – an important aspect
in staff retention.”
The official documentation acknowledges that “The IMarEST recognises
that the training offered to Republic of Singapore Navy is amongst the
best in the world”. Under the licence authority vested in it by
the Engineering Council and its own Royal Charter, and in partnership
with the RSN, this Streamlined Route covers all Naval Officers, Naval
Warfare System Engineers and Experts, and Naval Divers, so they can
apply for Corporate Membership and professional qualifications (e.g.
becoming Chartered). The category of professional qualifications is
dependent upon their specialisation, level of competence and experience.”
Strong links with other navies
IMarEST also has a close working relationship with navies in the UK,
Australia and New Zealand. They have established streamlined routes
to Professional Recognition for the Royal Navy marine Engineering Branch,
the Royal Navy Hydrographic, Meteorology and Oceanography Officers and
Ratings; the RFA Marine Engineer and Systems Engineer Officers and Ratings;
the Royal Australian Navy Electronic and Marine Technicians, Weapons
Electronic and Marine Engineering Officer; and Royal New Zealand Navy
Marine Engineering Officers and Ratings.