Membership

TVIB membership puts you in the company of some of the most knowledgeable and respected marine auditors, surveyors and businesses in the industry. Whether you’re an individual or an organization, TVIB offers multiple types of memberships to accommodate everyone with marine auditing, inspection and certification needs.
We offer two classes of membership:

  • Auditor and surveyor members: these memberships are for individual, independent professionals
  • Supporting organization members: this is a business-level membership for businesses with marine auditing, inspection and certification needs. Examples include barge lines, towing companies, naval architects, engineering firms, etc.

If you’re interested in applying, read on to identify the membership category that’s right for you and then begin an application.

Learn more about the courses in marine inspection and auditing that TVIB offers.

TVIB Membership Categories

TVIB offers multiple categories of auditor and surveyor memberships to accommodate every individual’s needs and experience.

Lead Auditor

This membership category is for experienced auditors with background auditing both vessels and full management systems, whether as a team leader or as a sole auditor.

 

Minimum requirements to become a Lead Auditor include:

  • Complete an application, which includes three (3) letters of professional recommendation
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Four (4) years of experience working on towing vessels or other relevant marine experience
  • Documented experience auditing the ISM Code, the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program, or other equivalent safety management systems, consisting of at least:
    • Two (2) management audits AND six (6) vessel audits within the past five (5) years, of which at least one (1) management audit and one (1) vessel audit must have been third-party audits

 

Education and Features

  • To become a Lead Auditor, you must complete the following TVIB courses:
    • A TVIB-sponsored Towing Safety Management System course
    • ISO Lead Auditor course
  • Membership dues are $500 annually
  • These auditors may serve on TVIB Committees, hold TVIB Board of Director positions and have full voting rights

Individuals are required to complete periodic refresher training

Vessel Auditor

This membership category is for auditors who have experience conducting vessel audits as members of an audit team and/or as a sole auditor. These vessel audits may be either internal or for third-parties. Vessel Auditors are not required to have experience auditing full management systems.

 

Minimum requirements to become a Vessel Auditor include:

  • Complete an application, which includes three (3) letters of professional recommendation
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Four (4) years of experience working on towing vessels or other relevant marine experience
  • Documented experience auditing the ISM Code, the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program, or other equivalent safety management systems, consisting of at least either:
    • six (6) vessel audits within the past five (5) years, two (2) of which must have been third-party audits OR
    • four (4) vessel audits, two (2) of which are supervised and/or attended by a TVIB auditor

 

Education and Features

  • To become a Vessel Auditor, you must complete the following TVIB courses:
    • A TVIB-sponsored Towing Safety Management System course
    • ISO Lead Auditor course
  • Membership dues are $500 annually
  • These auditors may serve on TVIB Committees, hold TVIB Board of Director positions and have full voting rights
  • Individuals will be required to complete periodic refresher training

Apprentice Vessel Auditor / Apprentice Lead Auditor

This membership category is for individuals who want to conduct third-party certification audits but do not have the necessary auditing or maritime experience.

 

Minimum requirements to become an Apprentice Vessel Auditor or Apprentice Lead Auditor include:

  • Complete an application, which includes submitting three (3) letters of professional recommendation
  • Minimum education of a high school diploma or GED
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Letter of recommendation from a TVIB-Certified auditor sponsor

 

Education and Features

  • To become an Apprentice Vessel Auditor or Apprentice Lead Auditor, you must complete the following TVIB courses:
    • A TVIB-sponsored Towing Safety Management System course
    • ISO Lead Auditor course
  • Membership dues are $250 annually
  • These auditors may serve on TVIB Committees, but will not be allowed to hold Board of Director positions or vote on TVIB matters
  • Individuals will be required to complete periodic refresher training
  • Apprentice auditors will have three (3) years to obtain the minimum requirements for Vessel Auditor or Lead Auditor status

Certified Internal Auditor

This is a membership category for those who are currently performing at least partial organization management and/or vessel audits. The individuals conducting these audits do not have to be full-time auditors and may only conduct audits a few times each year.

Minimum requirements to become a Certified Internal Auditor include:

  • Completing an application, including submitting a recommendation letter from a current supervisor
  • Two (2) years’ experience in the marine industry
  • And either:
    • four (4) audits within the past five (5) years (these can be partial management system audits, vessel audits or equivalent experience) OR
    • two (2) audits supervised or attended by a TVIB Certified auditor

Education and features

  • To become a Certified Internal Auditor, you must complete the following TVIB courses:
    • A TVIB-sponsored Towing Safety Management System course
    • TVIB/SafeMARINER Marine Internal Lead Auditor course, or other equivalent 16-hour internal lead auditor course as recognized by TVIB
  • Membership dues are $250 annually
  • Certified Internal Auditors may serve on TVIB Committees, but they are not allowed to hold Board of Director positions or vote on TVIB matters
  • Individuals are required to complete refresher training and continuing professional development periodically

Provisional Internal Auditor

This membership category is for those beginning their careers in marine auditing. It requires no prior experience.

Education and features:

  • To become a Provisional Internal Auditor, you must complete TVIB’s Marine Internal Lead Auditor course
  • Membership in TVIB for the first year is included in the cost of the Marine Internal Lead Auditor course, and subsequent annual dues are $50/yr
  • There is no refresher training requirement or continuing professional development requirement
  • Provisional Internal Auditors do not have voting rights and individuals will not be listed on the TVIB website

Certified Surveyor

This is a membership category for those who are actively conducting marine surveys of towing vessels.
Minimum requirements to become a Certified Surveyor include:
  •  Complete and application, which includes three (3) letters of professional recommendation
    Minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  •  Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  •  Experience Working on or around towing vessels
  •  Either be a current NAMS Hull and Machinery Surveyor / SAMS Commercial Workboat Surveyor OR
  •  Have evidence of at least 5 surveys within 3 years + 4 years of experience working as a towing vessel master/mate/pilot/engineer OR other relevant marine experience + the following course certificates: ABYC Standards Certification, (or equivalent)

Education and features

To become a Certified Surveyor, you must complete the following TVIB courses:

  • The TVIB TPO Surveyor course
  • Non-NAMS/SAMS members must also complete the TVIB Hull & Machinery Surveyor course
  • Membership dues are $500 annually
  • These surveyors may serve on the TVIB Committees, hold TVIB Board of Director positions and have full voting rights
  • Individuals are required to complete periodic refresher training

Apprentice Surveyor

This membership category is for individuals who want to conduct surveys but do not have the required experience. Minimum requirements to become an Apprentice Surveyor include:
  • Complete an application, which includes submitting three (3) letters of professional recommendation
  • Minimum education of a high school diploma or GED
  • Valid Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC)
  • Letter of recommendation from a TVIB-Certified surveyor sponsor

Education and features

To become an Apprentice Surveyor you must complete the following TVIB courses:

  • The TVIB TPO Surveyor Course
  • The TVIB Hull & Machinery Surveyor course
  • Membership dues are $250 annually
  • These auditors may serve on TVIB Committees, but will not be allowed to hold Board of Director positions or vote on TVIB matters
  • Individuals will be required to complete periodic refresher training
  • Apprentice Surveyors will have three (3) years to obtain the minimum requirements for Certified Surveyor status

Supporting Organization Membership

A Supporting Organization membership is a business-level membership for businesses with marine inspection and certification needs.

 

Features and Benefits

  • Discounted training courses offered by TVIB
  • Opportunities to attend and participate in all of TVIB’s semi-annual conventions, committee meetings, regional meetings and Board of Directors meetings
  • Opportunities to serve as a member of one of our many standing and special committees, where you can help develop the audit and survey standards that you will ultimately be critiqued against
  • Freedom to use the TVIB logo in your advertising on your website, stationery and business cards
  • Discounted member services, particularly on TVIB audits

 

Is a Supporting Organization membership right for my business?

Supporting Organization memberships are beneficial for a variety of marine businesses, both large and small. Those who join TVIB as Supporting Organizations are typically one of the following:

  • Organizations that employ auditors and/or surveyors seeking training, education and possibly accreditation for performing industry and regulatory compliance audits
  • Barge lines
  • Towing companies
  • Shippers that utilize domestic waterborne transportations
  • Tank barge owners and/or operators
  • Fleeting and harbor services companies
  • Shipyards
  • Barge cleaning facilities
  • Other stakeholders interested in promoting safety and compliance with government regulations and industry trade practices.

 

Annual Dues

Professional organizations that do NOT require the services of a TVIB Certified Auditor in their business, such as auditing/surveying organizations or interested parties will pay annual dues of $1,000.

Organizations that require the services of a TVIB Certified Auditor, such as barge lines, towing companies, shippers that utilize domestic waterborne transportations, tank barge owners and/or operators, or qualifying entities will pay annual dues that are determined by the number of vessels the company owns that are subject to the RCP:

  • 0-2 vessels – $500 annual dues
  • 3-10 vessels – $1,500 annual dues
  • 11-20 vessels – $3,500 annual dues
  • 20+ vessels – $4,000 annual dues

Dues are prorated for the first year depending on the quarter an organization joins. Subsequently, dues are paid annually in January. We are happy to provide you with an invoice with the prorated first-year dues if needed.

Member Applications

Membership FAQ

 

What are TVIB’s requirements for ISO Lead Auditor courses?

TVIB requires the successful completion of a 32-40 hour lead auditor/assessor course that is Exemplar Global or IRCA Certified, or an approved class society certified lead auditor course. These courses are either ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 courses and a minimum of 4-5 days in length. Currently there is not a recency requirement, but TVIB leadership is evaluating this element.

 

Where are these courses offered?

Lead Auditor courses that are acceptable for TVIB Auditor certifications and meet the minimum requirements above are offered from the following organizations:

  • TVIB Sponsored Lead Auditor Courses, or other courses with similar content and course objectives as may be approved by TVIB.
  • QMI, International
  • ASQ (American Society for Quality)
  • SAI Global
  • Bureau Veritas North America
  • DNV (Det Norske Veritas)
  • ABS Consulting

 

Who can write a letter of professional recommendation?

Letters of recommendation should come from individuals who know you in a professional capacity. They must be from non-relatives who are familiar with the type of auditing and/or surveying work related to the credential you are seeking, or who are able to provide evidence of your knowledge and experience working in the marine industry. These individuals should have known you professionally for at least three years and can speak to your qualifications and character.

 

How do I know if I’m applying for the right category of membership?

TVIB created these various membership levels to provide opportunities for both individuals new to the industry or auditing/surveying and those with many years of experience. An applicant should choose the appropriate level based on previous experience, skill and education, along with some confidence in being able to meet or exceed that level’s requirements.

Regardless, all member applications go through a screening process, which includes an introductory telephone interview with our Executive Director, reviews by the member-based Certification Subcommittee and final approval by the Membership Committee. If at any point during the application review we have questions or concerns about the membership category an applicant has applied for, TVIB will ask for additional information, documentation, or additional references to determine which category of membership is the best fit for the applicant both currently and in line with where the applicant ultimately hopes to be.

 

Do I have to pay double membership dues if I am seeking both Auditor and Surveyor Certifications?

In a word, no. Annual member dues for auditors and surveyors are $500 each. However, we discount an individual’s secondary membership by 50%, so that a person holding both auditor and surveyor certifications will only pay $750 annually in dues.

 

What does the application fee cover?

The $250 application fee covers the processing of the application, and all administrative fees associated with that task. Once an application has been approved, TVIB will notify the applicant, and the fee for the appropriate certification course will be billed at the time you register for that course.