CMI Introduction

To provide an additional benefit to its members, IAMI has instituted a certification program and designated the first certification as Certified Marine Investigator (CMI). IAMI contemplates an advanced certification program as part of its future expansion which shall be designated as Certified Marine Investigator II (CMI-II). Obtaining either certification shall not be an easy task.


The designation(s) shall be limited to members in good standing who have experience and/or training in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, the detection, prevention and investigation of boat and related thefts, adjusting boat related insurance claims, marine surveying, admiralty law as it relates to recreational boating, cause and origin of fires, marine insurance policy interpretation, accident reconstruction, matters related to hull construction and the operation and repair of motors, and the like.

Certified Marine Investigators have demonstrated through rigorous examination their experience and training. In addition to their own area(s) of expertise, they bring a new dimension and insight into their respective fields of endeavor. From the beginning of a boat theft or boating accident and the filing of an insurance claim, the CMI will be positioned to provide a complete and thorough investigation and analysis. The CMI will be able to assist in gathering evidence, taking statements, write reports, provide testimony, and otherwise assist the marine industry.

The certification program shall be under the supervision and direction of the CMI Committee as directed by the Board of Directors and as stated herein. The Committee shall be responsible for overseeing the application process, preparation, proctoring and grading the examination, revocation and suspension of certifications, enforcing continuing professional education requirements, recertification, and such other matters as from time to time the Board of Directors may specify.