PDSD - Syllabus
 

MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Course Syllabus:

Training in Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) must be undertaken by all seafarers and security personnel who are engaged onboard ship, who have been assigned designated duties under the Ship’s Security Plan (SSP).

Course Duration:

8 hours with additional video footage.

Course Assessment:

The course includes Learner Reflection Exercise and Final Course Assessment. 

Course Learning Outcomes:

There are five Learning Outcomes to this training.

  1. The learner knows why ship security is important and knows the roles and responsibilities of the organisations and individuals involved.

  2. The learner knows what constitutes security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations.

  3. The learner knows the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems.

  4. The learner knows how to maintain the measures in a ship security plan and related requirements.

  5. The learner is able to maintain the effectiveness of security arrangements, procedures and equipment at the three security levels, taking into account their limitations.

On Completion of the Training:

The learner will possess sufficient knowledge to:

  1. State the procedures used to ensure continuing effectiveness of the ship security plan at Security Levels 1, 2 and 3.

  2. Conduct physical searches and non-intrusive inspections.

  3. Identify factors affecting crowd management and describe appropriate crowd control techniques.

  4. Explain the importance of pre-planning and participating in drills of emergency procedures affecting the security of the ship and/or port facility including:

    • The need for all personnel to be aware of and adhere to pre-planned emergency procedures in the event of an emergency situation; 

    • Establishing and maintaining effective communications.

Please Note: Maritime Security Operatives (MSO's)
Those persons conducting personal close protection and/or ship protection duties (MSO) on ISPS-compliant ships, do not need to hold an SSO qualification unless they are the designated SSO on the vessel in which they are serving. However, as they will be carrying out ship’s security duties they will have to hold an MCA Approved or recognized Certificate of Proficiency in Designated Security Duties. This is a legal requirement enforced by the UK DOT Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Course Subjects:

This is one of the most informative online PDSD Courses available, boasting an impressive amount of subject matter meeting with the requirements under the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).

  • The Development of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

  • Understand the relevant international conventions, codes and recommendations relating to Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of relevant bodies and organisations.

  • The roles and responsibilities of Contracting Governments, Designated Authorities, and Recognised Security Organisations.

  • The Security Roles & Responsibilities of Crew and Port Security Personnel.

  • Measures and Procedures for Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels.

  • Recognition of weapons, dangerous substances and devices.

  • Recognition of persons who may pose a threat to the security of the ship.

  • Identifying techniques used to circumvent security measures.

  • The handling of Sensitive Security-Related Information (SSRI) and Communications.

  • Identifying security threats including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.

  • Security methods, equipment & systems.

  • Security monitoring, monitoring equipment & systems.

  • The Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).

  • The Ship Security Plan (SSP).

  • The provisions for maintaining security.

  • Criteria for setting Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels under the ISPS Code.

  • Actions to prevent weapons, dangerous substances and devices being brought on board.

  • Guidance and measure for Anti-Piracy and Anti-Armed Robbery.

  • Responses to Emergency Situations including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.

  • Physical Searches & Non-Intrusive Inspections.

  • Crowd Management & Control Requirements.

  • Emergency Drills & Exercises.

Course Certification:

This course is fully approved by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) as meeting the requirements laid down in: Regulation VI/6, paragraph 4 and Section A-VI/6, paragraphs 6 to 8 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended and incorporates Proficiency in Security Awareness laid down in Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code and has also met the additional criteria specified in the STCW Convention and Code, applicable to the issue of this certificate.

Learners will receive a scanned copy of the official course certificate upon successful completion of the course, and they can request a hardcopy certificate to be posted to their home address for a small administration and postage charge.

 
PSA - Syllabus

MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course Syllabus:

Course Duration:

Approximately 4 hours with additional video footage.

Course Assessment:

Multi-Choice Question Final Assessment 

Course Learning Outcomes:

There are three Learning Outcomes to the training:

  1. The learner is aware of the importance of ship security and the roles of those involved in its provision.

  2. The learner is aware of the requirements and measures to maintain ship security.

  3. The learner is able to recognise and report a security threat. 

On completion of the training, the learner will possess sufficient knowledge to:

  1. Contribute to the enhancement of maritime security on their ship through heightened awareness.

  2. Be able to recognise and report security threats.

  3. Understand the need for, and methods of, maintaining a heightened degree of security awareness and vigilance. threat. 

Course Subjects:

  • A subject-rich course meeting with the requirements of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).

  • A working knowledge of Maritime Security Terms and Definitions, including those that relate to Maritime Piracy and Armed Robbery against Shipping.

  • An understanding of International Maritime Security Policy.

  • An understanding of the Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels and their impact on security measures and procedures aboard ship and in port facilities.

  • How to report a security incident.

  • An understanding of security-related contingency plans.

  • How to recognise security threats, including Maritime Piracy and Armed Robbery against Shipping.

  • How to recognise weapons, dangerous substances and devices and an understanding of the damage they can cause.

  • The importance of information security with regards to Sensitive Security-Related Information (SSRI) and Communications.

  • An understanding of the importance of security related drills and exercises including those relating to Anti-Piracy and Anti -Armed Robbery.

Course Certification:

This course is fully approved by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) as meeting the requirements laid down in: Regulation VI/6, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/6, paragraphs 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended and has also met the additional criteria specified in the STCW Convention and Code, applicable to the issue of this certificate.

Learners will receive a scanned copy of the official course certificate upon successful completion of the course, and they can request a hardcopy certificate to be posted to their home address for a small administration and postage charge.

SSO - Syllabus
 

MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as Ship Security Officer Course

About the Online SSO Course:

When you purchase this first of its kind, fully online and MCA Approved Ship Security Officer course, you will receive three fully-loaded modules that make up the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course. 

This online SSO course has been written by MCA Certified Ship Security & Company Security Officers, and covers the six Learning Outcomes required under the knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency (KUP) of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in accordance with the ISPS Code.

Duration (Modules 1 to 3):

Approximately 21 hours depending on reading speed divided into the three modules. You can go in and out of the course as often as you like as the course will record where you last left off. However, you must complete the final assessment in one sitting or it will reset.

Who Should Attend?

Those Ship’s officers who have been, or are likely to be appointed as the Ship Security Officers under the ISPS Code should take this Fully Online, MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Ship Security Officer Course.

Course Assessment:

Candidates are assessed in Module 3 which consists of an online test made up of 60 randomised multi-choice or true or false answer questions and text matching exercises along with a short essay requirement. Candidates must achieve a pass mark of 70% to successfully pass this course.

Expertise in Maritime Security Training:

All courses are written by UK DfT MCA accredited trainers possessing the highest level of maritime security training and experience (former Royal Marines FPGRM, MCA Approved SSO and CSO) since 1992. Virtual Training Centre Trainers possess extensive experience in instructing on multiple types of vessels and understand the issues facing crews and other personnel when it comes to mitigating security risks. When you take one of our online MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) SSO Courses you can be sure you are getting the very best in the industry.

Mandatory Course Prerequisites:

A minimum of twelve months seagoing service on vessels over 80 gross tonnage or 24 meters is required to qualify for an STCW compliant Ship Security Officer Certificate. Any SSO Candidates without the required pre-course experience will receive an endorsed certificate of Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) which can be upgraded to an SSO qualification free of charge once evidence is obtained that the minimum sea going requirement has been reached.

NOTE: By purchasing this course, you are confirming that you possess the relevant experience and may be required to prove this before the relevant certificate is issued.

 
PDSD / Yachts - Syllabus

MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Course / Yachts Syllabus:

Course Description:

This 100% Online MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Course tailored for the Superyacht sector, provides the required knowledge, understanding and proficiency to the yacht's crew & staff who have been entrusted with fulfilling designated security duties on board the superyacht to increase the security and safety of the vessel whilst in port, or at sea. Studies have demonstrated that crewmembers with high-quality training are more proficient in both a stressful environment and during a security-related incident.

Awarding Body:

This online PDSD Course is fully approved and certified under the UK Department for Transport Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and meets with STCW Reg VI/6. paragraph 4 and Section A-VI/6, paragraphs 6 to 8 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended and incorporates Proficiency in Security Awareness laid down in STCW Reg. VI/6, paragraph 1 Section A.VI/6, paragraph 4.

Target Audience:

To give those undertaking designated security duties on board yachts with the essential education and training meeting the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out in the following STCW table, which supports Chapter XI-2 of the annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

Pre-Requisites:

There is no intake restriction, although some sea going experience would be an advantage before undertaking a designated security duties course, and neither is there a requirement for the learner to have completed security awareness training before being enrolled on a designated security duties training course.

Regulations Addressed:

The International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) Code, STCW Table A-VI/6-2.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Know why yacht security is important and knows the roles and responsibilities of the organisations and individuals involved.

  2. Know what constitutes security risk, threat and vulnerability to the yacht, its personnel and operations.

  3. Understand the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems.

  4. Know how to maintain the measures in a Ship Security Plan and related requirements.

  5. Maintain the effectiveness of security arrangements, procedures and equipment at the three security levels, considering their limitations.

Course Duration:

The course lasts for approximately 8 hours depending on the learner’s abilities and reading speed. However, you can enter and exit this course as often as you require.

Course Certification:

On completion of this course, learners will receive a Certificate of Completion from Virtual Training Centre Limited.