Foundation Certificate in Maritime Shipping


Program Description


This course will cover the basics of global maritime shipping with a particular focus on containerization and liner shipping. All our courses are online course This course is aimed at a person wishing to enter the Maritime Shipping Industry in an administration role, a new recruit starting in the industry, a receptionist or assistant in the shipping industry or someone who wishes to complement their existing knowledge base.

This is a stand-alone certificate course.

Course Outline Maritime Shipping Foundation Certificate

  • International Maritime Trade
  • Vessel and Cargo Types
  • The Container Export and Import Transactions
  • Types of Shipping Services
  • The Key Role Players in Maritime Shipping
  • Overview of Maritime Shipping Documents
  • Shipping Terminology - Glossary of Industry Terms

Course Requirements

  • English language, all courses are written in English as this is the primary language of global business.
  • Computer, internet connection, and printer (should you wish to print the course).
  • A valid e-mail address.
  • Time set aside to study as per the course requirements

Course structure

2 weeks part-time or 4 days full time.

Part-time studies - where you study part-time in the evenings and on weekends using our online training program.

Full-time studies - when you take time off work to study full time using our online training program

Recommended study time set aside – we recommend 5 to 7 hours per week for each module/pilot certificate ie the part-time 2-week pilot certificate course will need 10 to 15 hours. The time will vary depending on the students' original knowledge of the course material. A soft copy of your full course module in a PDF format will be available on the e-campus for you to download. You will then be able to print a hard copy for study purposes if you choose. Pass mark = 65%

Learner support

  • Personal e-Tutor - You will be nominated a personal e-Tutor, all communication with your e-Tutor will be done via email. You may contact your e-Tutor at any time regarding your course.

Passing your course

On passing your course you will receive an e-certificate via email.


Course Objective

With the successful completion of this course you will be able to :

  • Secure a position in the Shipping industry
  • Be eligible for advancement within your company
  • Be confident that you are professionally trained and equipped for the Shipping industry

Stand alone certificate course:

1. Shipping Terminology Certificate - USD70

Course Outline

  • Glossary of Industry Terms

2. International Trade and Maritime Shipping Certificate - USD70

Course Outline

  • The Early Days of Commercial Shipping
  • International Trade and Freight Shipping
  • Trade Routes and Shipping Routes
  • World Trade Policies
  • Industry Issues
  • Environment and shipping

3. Containerisation Certificate - USD70

Course Outline

  • Liner Trade
  • The Container
  • Container Types
  • Freight and Charges
  • Container Shipping Processes and Documents
  • Packing of a Container
  • Loading and Unloading Containers at the Port
  • Load Securing in Containers
  • Securing Containers on Board the Ship
  • Container Ship Categories
  • Export Transaction in 10 easy steps
  • Import Transaction in 10 easy steps

4. Vessels, Cargo Types and Transport Modes Certificate - USD70

Course Outline

  • Vessel Types
  • Cargo Types
  • Break Bulk Shipping
  • Bulk Shipping
  • Tramp Service
  • Rail Transport
  • Road Transport
  • Intermodal versus Multimodal

5. International Contracts and Payments Certificate - USD70

Course Outline

  • International Trade Law
  • Contract of Affreightment
  • Preparing an International Sales Contracts
  • Incoterms - Overview
  • Methods of Payment in International Trade
  • Introduction to UCP 600

6. International Customs and Shipping Documents Certificate - USD70

Course Outline

  • Enquiry Documents
  • Instruction Documents
  • Transport Documents
  • Insurance Documents
  • Customs Documents
  • Inspection Documents
  • Finance Documents
  • Standard Operating Procedures

7. Shipping Role Players Certificate - USD70

Course Outline

  • Exporter and Importer
  • Ocean Carriers and Ship Owners
  • Shipping Agents
  • International Ocean Freight Forwarder
  • Inland Carriers
  • Ship Brokers
  • Cargo Brokers
  • Customs and Excise
  • Ports, Harbours and Terminal Operators
  • Depots and Warehouses
  • Strategic co-operation between Carriers
  • Maritime Insurance and Insurers
  • Maritime Associations


The course content provided which I printed out was very easy to understand and really helpful. Maritime Shipping Foundation Certificate - Stella Ko - Singapore

I'm very pleased with what I gained from the Maritime Shipping Foundation course as it has made me know more about the shipping industry. I will be furthering my studies with ShippingCollege, the courses are more practically oriented. I found the shipping terminology more effective as I now know the terms used in the shipping industry. Maritime Shipping Foundation Certificate - Lucres Kaptue - Cameroon

Good materials to summarize the practices we do everyday very systemically and theoretically. Maritime Shipping Foundation Certificate - Ivy Yang - Singapore

I completed the Maritime Shipping Foundation course with ShippingCollege. I strongly recommend ShippingCollege as it's a good way to learn in a professional context. Maritime Shipping Foundation Certificate - Reda Et Hattab - France

The Maritime Shipping Foundation certificate course was very much explanatory, one can easily relate to the course material. Maritime Shipping Foundation Certificate - Amit Malhotra - Singapore

My e-tutor was very good at responding to emails in a timley manner and flexible regarding changing exam times etc. The course was well laid out and relative to what I needed to learn. Maritime Shipping Foundation Certificate - Sarah Green - Singapore


Last updated December 2019

About the School

Shipping College is a global college with offices in London. We offer Global Qualifications for Global Positions. Join the exciting world of shipping, freight forwarding, logistics and multinational t ... Read More

Shipping College is a global college with offices in London. We offer Global Qualifications for Global Positions. Join the exciting world of shipping, freight forwarding, logistics and multinational trade through our international web based courses. Our courses provide you with the practical knowledge to further your career or join the world of global trade in the comfort of your home or office. Our specialised tutors are highly qualified in their fields with more than 20 years’ experience. Each student is assigned a personal e-Tutor to guide and assist them with their studies. Read less