Professional certification in the marine and oceanographic communities

Session ID#: 92197

Session Description:
Concerns about climate change, resource extraction and pollution need to be balanced against a growing ocean economy and advances in technology alongside ensuring policy makers and the public have confidence in science and scientists. What role can certification programs for marine professionals play in maintaining this balance?

10 years after initial conversations on whether the US needed a certification program for oceanographic professionals this workshop will explore whether they are of value to the broader marine science and technology community and debate whether academic qualifications are enough to provide assurances of competence. It will explore what a good certification programme might look like, the benefits available to holders of certification and their employers and how certification can contribute to improving diversity in the ocean workforce.

Submitter:  Bev Mackenzie, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), London, United Kingdom
Onsite Contact:  Bev Mackenzie, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), London, United Kingdom
Presenters:  Richard W Spinrad, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States and Ralph Rayner, Society for Underwater Technology, London, United Kingdom

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