HYDRO 2016 Paper 8B2

The new Standards of Competence for hydrographers and nautical cartographers

Nicolas Seube


The accepted international minimum competency standards for hydrographic surveyors and nautical cartographers have served the profession well, but since 2012, they have been under review against changed expectations from the hydrographic community. The International Board for Standards of Competences of Hydrographers and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) worked on the new Standards development plan, as adopted by the IHO. The outcomes of this work is a separation of the S-5 Standard in two different standards for Category B and Category A corresponding to two levels of competences and associated hydrographic practice. These two standards were developed in terms of content and intended learning outcome.

This conference will present the new S-5B and S-5A, adopted by the IHO in 2015 and 2016, and which are in force since January 2016 (S-5B) and September 2016 (S-5A).

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