About joining our group Membership Levels, Qualifications, and How to Qualify ACMS has three levels of membership: Certified Marine Surveyor members, Marine Surveyor members, and Associate members.Certified Marine Surveyors (CMS) surveyors have completed a comprehensive list of requirements of their knowledge of the Marine Surveyor Trade. We have an optional test procedure for certification. We also have a variety of certified categories, shipping, cargo, food inspectors, shipping containers, etc. The criteria we use to determine if a surveyor is to be certified is his history, his work experience, his progress in the trade, and his marine related references.Marine Surveyor Members(MS) include professionals in the marine surveyor business who are practicing but have not yet completed the criteria for certified membership.Associate Members are individuals working in Marine Trades who wish to, some day, be involved with Marine Surveying or a related marine survey field.Qualifications for Certification Five years of Marine Surveyor service, including part time, and successful completion of the comprehensive procedure qualifies for full certification. We need copies of your surveys dating back at least five years, marine related references, your resume, and a telephonechat before processing your membership. Applicants who are certified or accredited with a recognized organization are automatically eligible for our certification. If you want to join as a certified member, we need proof of completion of the above requirements and payment. If you are interested forward your paperwork along with $400 US, which is the annual dues and a one time application fee of $100., and we will process your enrollment.Qualifications for Marine Surveyor Members Marine Surveyor Members are individuals who are working Marine Surveyors working toward certification. If you want to join as an Marine Surveyor Member we need your resume and payments, only. If you are interested forward your paperwork along with $400 US, which is the annual dues and a one time application fee of $100., and we will process your enrollment.Qualifications for Associate MembersAssociate Members include individuals working in other related marine trade business who have an interest in Marine Surveying. If you are interested forward your paperwork along with $400 US, which is the annual dues and a one time application fee of $100., and we will process your enrollment. Please submit all requirements by mail or email: A resume, sample surveys, and membership fees must be included. Please discuss these items with ACMS before submitting any paperwork. Call (401) 397-1888 to discuss your situation, or with any questions you may have. Look for the ACMS seal or logo on your next Marine Survey report.