Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE)
The Professional Qualifying Examinations (PQE) form the pinnacle of the Institute's qualification. Completion of these exams is an illustration of one's developed knowledge and understanding of the commercial shipping industry. It comprises seven exams which you can do over five years. Out of these, 4 are compulsory and the remaining 3 can be chosen from a list of 12 optional subjects (please refer to the syllabus section on ICS UK website).
Many people complete in a much shorter time and are often also eligible for exemptions to some exams based on industry experience and prior qualifications. Exemptions don't apply to the Diplomas, so if you are eligible for a few, it may make sense to start your journey with PQE.
Embarking on PQE will mean you can pick and choose how many exams to take from the syllabus. Once you have completed your PQEs you will be eligible to apply for membership with the Institute.