MCA Approved STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness ONLINE course

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Course fee: £95.00 (ex VAT)


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About The Course

The STCW Convention and Code as amended by the Manila amendments (2010) contains new requirements regarding security training. Anyone working on board, or frequenting a ship to which the ISPS Code applies must possess at a minimum, the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) certification. This fully Online PSA Course provides the learner with the relevant Knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency (KUP). The course lasts approximately four (4) hours.

Course Approving Body

The fully Online (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course is fully approved by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and certified under our Strategic Partner, Executive Security & Training Services Limited (ESTS International), a fully MCA Approved Course Provider.

Course Subjects

  • 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.

MNTB Requirements

Courses also provide an understanding of the three Maritime Security Levels in relations to the ISPS Code. The Proficiency in Security Awareness Course is the minimum security training requirement for crew members, or anyone working on, or frequenting vessels regularly. Under the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB), the three key course Learning Outcomes of this course are:

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

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

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

Learner Verification

When signing up to take this online PSA Course, learners will be required to submit evidence of their identification via an online form at the beginning of the course. You will also be required to submit a scanned upload of your official identification (current in-date passport / seaman’s book / drivers licence / certificate of competency / or other official identification). These requirements are in-line with the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency, and the information is also used for your certificate. Please ensure that you have read our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

Course Certificate

The course is approved by the United Kingdom Department for Transport (DfT) Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) under Regulation VI/6, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/6, paragraphs 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended. Course certificate scans will be delivered via email to the email address you have provided to us on successful completion of the course. If you also require a hard copy of the certificate, please contact for prices for associated postal costs.

Course Demo

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