Education & Programme Recognition

The IHO places education and training in the frontline of its Capacity Building Programme.

The IBSC (The Board) acknowledges that these are challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and encourages all institutions to prioritize the well-being of staff and students as they manage their particular circumstances to deal with disruptions to their normal teaching strategies for their recognized programme(s). The Board recognizes that teaching delivery strategies will likely need to be changed as institutions implement essential changes to comply with official directions from authorities. The Board requests that any modified teaching strategies seek to maintain the appropriate level of the applicable Standard and asks that significant changes be referred to the Board for its consideration of the need for guidance or assistance with continuing recognition. This acknowledgement should not be construed as the Board seeking to override national or local official directions.

Standards of Competence

One of the pilars is the development and maintenance of Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers. The Standards of Competence are available at the Publications section.

Recognition of Programmes based on Standards of Competence

The IHO joins forces with its sister organizations the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and the International Cartographic Association (ICA) to operate the International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC).

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