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Professional recognition is important, but can prove daunting for some. We take a look at the Professional Review Interview process and answer your frequently asked questions


Professional registers help individuals demonstrate their competence and knowledge to the wider world. “Having letters like MarTech or CEng after your name immediately shows you excel at your work and may lead to higher earning potential because your abilities have been appraised by an independent body,” says membership registrar, David Henderson. “You do not necessar- ily need academic qualifications to gain professional registration.”

What is a PRI?

As part of an application for professional registration or

Which applications need a PRI? Applicants for the following

Assessor one-to-one

Stephen Hall, who is head of International and strategic partnerships at the National Oceanographic Centre and also vice chair & head of the UK delegation to IOC-UNESCO is one of the IMarEST’s many PRI assessors: “It has been a fascinating process enabling me to learn more about the breadth and diversity of our profession. I get to experience the enthusi- asm and innovative ideas of younger members and assess my own performance, adaptabil- ity and receptiveness to change. It has undoubtedly helped me

progress in my own career, and I would heartily recommend it as a means to be fully engaged in fostering the future of our sector. “To be a good PRI assessor you

need to be a good listener, have a broad understanding of the wide range of activities carried out by our membership, and be able to draw out experiences and anecdotes from individuals who might ‘hide their light under a bushel’. It definitely helps if you are a friendly, outgoing person who can put the candidate at ease, and not scare them into silence or into only providing short, bland

Fellowship with the Institute, the individual will usually be required to attend a 45-60 minute Professional Review Interview (PRI). Depending on what they have applied for, he/she will be assessed against competences set out by either the Engineering Council, Science Council or IMarEST. The PRI will normally be conducted by two specially trained assessors who will also be professionally registered at a level that is the same or higher than the one being applied for.

categories require an interview: Becoming a Fellow of the IMarEST (FIMarEST)

Engineering qualifications O Chartered Engineer or Chartered Marine Engineer (CEng/CMarEng)

O Incorporated Engineer or Incorporated Marine Engineer (IEng/IMarEng)

Science qualifications O Chartered Scientist or

Chartered Marine Scientist (CSci/CMarSci)

O Registered Marine Scientist (RMarSci)

Technology qualifications O Chartered Marine Technologist

answers. Smile, enjoy the experience, and be prepared to learn as much from the candidate as they might learn from you.” PRI assessor

Jacqueline Di Crisci agrees: “Assessing PRIs has been a very reward- ing experience that has also helped me refine my own interviewing skills.”

To join as an assessor

For an information pack, email You must hold one of the registra- tions for which we conduct PRIs and will need to observe a


O Registered Marine Technologist (RMarTech)

How do you prepare for a PRI?


Review relevant standards These standards will indicate all

the areas of professional competency and conduct that will be assessed at the interview and are the best way to prepare.


Presentation material At the beginning of the

interview, you will be asked to give a 10-15 minute presentation discussing your formative career experience, development and current role. Supporting material is welcome. You won’t need to bring your application form or CV/professional report as your assessors will have seen these in advance.

minimum of two interviews taking place. You are welcome to observe as many as you need to feel comfortable with the process. You need good communication and interviewing skills, but should remember that this is not a job interview. A PRI should develop into a

discussion between three professionals, with the candidate doing most of the talking. To ensure best practice, PRI

Observers are sometimes present to confirm that the process remains fit for purpose.

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