Level 3 Port Agent

Course Overview

This occupation is found in the shipping industry and located in ports around the country. These ports range considerably in size, from major import/export centres through too much smaller and more remote ports. Port agents work for commercial companies, that may be based in a port or off site.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to represent the vessel operations/owners to facilitate the efficient arrival, working, and departure of their vessels in a port. They do this by supporting vessel progress during a voyage (anywhere in the world) and by ensuring the vessel captain has the help and assistance they need. This support can be very wide-ranging, from making sure the vessles have the right permissions, and the correct crew complement, through to having enough provisions onboard.


Course Length 18 (plus up to 4 months for End Point Assessment)
Levy Funding Maximum £13,000 - Non-levy employer contribution (5%)
Apprentice Requirements

Apprentices without Level 2 English and mathematics will need to achieve this level prior to taking end-point assessment.


Apprenticeship Standard Port Agent Level 3


Career Options and Progression

A port agent can work in a variety of roles within liner and tramp ship and port agents. They may progress onto a career in ship regulation or a range of maritime professional services. Apprentices can undertake further study with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers or higher level diplomas with Lloyds Maritime Academy. Apprentices can progress onto Port Marine Operations Officer L4.