The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, founded in 1911, is the Professional Membership Body that sets the highest standards of professional service to the shipping industry through the provision of an internationally recognised education programme.

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers is the only internationally recognised professional body representing shipbrokers, ship managers and agents throughout the world.

Education & Training

As a major provider of education and training, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Ireland facilitate lecturers, examination centres and exams for the ICS membership syllabus, providing the shipping industry with highly qualified professionals.


With 24 branches in key shipping areas, 4000 individuals and 120 company members, the Institute’s membership represents a commitment to maintaining the highest professional standards across the shipping industry. As part of a professional body, members can enjoy many benefits and a number of opportunities which enhance their career in the shipping industry.

Education Trust Fund

The Education Fund was launched at our 40th Anniversary in 2014, with a fund-raising appeal associated with the publication of our commemorative book ‘Course and Speed Made Good’. The fund is registered with the Charity Commissioners and governed by a Deed of Covenant, the main object of which is ‘ the advancement of education of persons in the Business of Shipbroking for the promotion of good practice therein’.

The scheme is administered by a Board of Trustees, mainly drawn from members of the Branch Committee in office. Revenue generated from sponsorship donations and general fund-raising activities are channelled, tax exempt, through the scheme in order to promote the work of the Branch. .


The Members of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (MICS) are internationally recognised professionals in the shipping industry.

Members are elected in accordance with Institute rules and applies to any member of commercial shipping. To become a member, candidates must pass the examinations and satisfy the Controlling Council in London of their suitability.

Fellowship (FICS), which permits a person to be described as a Chartered Shipbroker, is granted to a member who has reached a position of seniority and influence in the shipping world.

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