Maritime Skills Alliance

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Welcome to the Maritime Skills Alliance

The Maritime Skills Alliance designs and promotes qualifications and apprenticeships for the UK’s maritime sector. We have developed a suite of interlocking standards and qualifications – MSQs, “Maritime Studies Qualifications” - which enable employees to progress both within their specialism and between sectors.

You can find a complete and regularly updated list of all our Units and Qualifications on the Qualifications page.


What do we do? We:

  • develop qualifications and apprenticeships which suit the needs of the sector
  • maintain a suite of National Occupational Standards
  • work to secure a good range of high quality training provision across the country
  • champion skills matters for the maritime sector
  • work with a wide range of other bodies across the UK, especially national governments and their agencies, to further our aims

You can sign up for monthly Newsletter in the box to the right. Our December 2017 Newsletter is here.


The MSA is a Company Limited by Guarantee (company number 7939255), funded by its members.