For prospective students interested in marine surveying, the State University of New York offers online certificates. The certificate specializations include Marine Hull Surveying, Marine Cargo Surveying, Yacht Damage Surveying, Heavy Weather Marine Surveying, Refrigerated Cargo Surveying and Hatch Covers and Ultrasonic Testing Surveying. The certificates take from four to eight weeks to complete. Course materials are provided and students use video, audio and software presentations along with group discussions as part of the course. Each certificate gives students 40 contact hours of training. These contact hours can be converted into Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for further education credits in certain institutions.