Friday, 30th July 2021

Sam Nicholls

My name is Sam Nicholls. After sailing as a deck officer for Seven years, I enrolled onto an undergraduate degree in Maritime Studies before starting with North as a P&I Claims Executive in 2011.

I was about six months into my P&I career and keen to learn as much as I could at which point, I was encouraged to sign up for the IG exams. I also thought this would help with career progression within North P&I, which it has. The process for enrolling was simple enough as it was all on-line. There are seven modules to complete and exam sittings twice a year.

The seven modules covered a number of topics, ranging from understanding the shipping industry generally, types of claims covering both theoretical and practical knowledge to other aspects of a P&I Club including underwriting and finance.

I found that reading through the entire module helped, before spending time on any particular topic area. The modules are very well written and easy to follow and there were only a couple of occasions where I needed to speak to colleagues to get a better understanding of the subject matter.

You do need to study to pass the exams, but for me it was a sacrifice worth making as I believe the IG P&I qualification is the best source of theoretical knowledge you can get. It also gave me an insight as to other aspects of P&I Insurance that I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise, especially at such an early stage in my career. I chose to sit a couple of exams at every sitting and managed to get through the modules in about 18 months without too much difficulty. Even now after ten years at North, I still have hard copies of all seven modules on my desk and refer to them.

I would strongly encourage anyone starting out at P&I or even those with experience and wanting career progression to sign up for the IGP&IQ as there is no better way to gain the theoretical knowledge and understand the structure and operation of how the P&I industry works.

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