October 12 - The International Institute of Marine Surveying has been approved by Edexcel to deliver the first educational-approved BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) and BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in marine surveying.

The qualifications delivered by distance learning will provide the industry with a proven standard for the training of future marine surveyors acknowledged worldwide.

The HNC delivered in one year will teach the basic skill requirements whilst the second year will be more specialised and will deliver an HND. The first programme will begin 1st October 2012.

More information and an application form can be found on the IIMS website: www.iims.org.uk/education

The International Institute of Marine Surveying is an independent, non-political organisation, based in the UK with a worldwide membership in excess of 1,250 in 98 countries.

Edexcel: is the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.