About us

A company that specializes in hydrographic training and courses for the hydrographic survey, dredging and offshore construction industry since 2000. Courses and training developed by people who gained their experience in the field and taught by those same individuals. The heart of the company is that the skills its people possess can be traded or exchanged with others, thus improving their hydrographic knowledge and understanding.


Skilltrade can provide courses and training in three areas by combining theoretical with field experience material:

  1. Hydrographic Survey Category B course - Full Hydrographic Survey curriculum encompassing all basic and essential competencies of the Hydrographic Surveyor as defined by the  FIG/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC)  for a Category B Course. The course has been officially recognised as such on the 1st July 2008 and received continued recognition (in accordance with the Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors FIG/IHO/ICA S-5, Edition 11.1.0, December 2014) in 2016.
  2. Short courses in hydrography, land survey, positioning and mathematics, depth sensors, motion sensors, survey sensors, underwater acoustics, offshore construction and earth sciences. Furthermore we offer a Client Representative training. On request for a quotation these courses can be adjusted to specific training requirements and be given at any desired location.
  3. E-learning Modules

The flexibility of Skilltrade lies in the fact that we have achieved recognition of our Hydrographic Survey Category B Course with the practical and theoretical knowledge of our employees combined with their practical experiences. The different building blocks of almost all our courses are therefore based upon the document “Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors” issued by the FIG/IHO/ICA, which provides a sound and thorough insight of what is required.

We can provide the full Hydrography course or you can choose from the various available courses. The various existing modules provide a starting point for almost all company specific courses, allowing for specific requirements to be included. We evaluate participants at what level to start as a result of which we are able to tailor or combine the courses like building blocks. When people come to a stage where more management or project skills are required we are also able to provide that next level.

Should you desire additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.