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Online STCW ISPS Security Awareness (Cargo, Ferries & Offshore) Course

With security being as important as it has ever been within the Maritime Sector, it is important that companies provide all crew with the minimum level of security training, as required under the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. For crewmembers who do not possess Designated Security Duties on board Ship, the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course is a mandatory requirement that provides crew with an understanding of security, why it is important, what Codes, Protocols, Conventions, and International Initiatives are in effect. This course is, as suggested in its title an awareness-only course and tailored for the Commercial Cargo & Ferry Sectors.

  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approved
  • Internationally Recognised under STCW ISPS
  • Comprehensive Course Notes Downloads
  • Fully Online and Interactive Training Materials
  • Learning Confirmation & Official Final Assessment
  • Cost & Time-Efficient Means of Delivery of Training
  • Fast Turnaround on Official Course Certifications
  • Flexible Learning at Your Own Pace and Convenience
  • Tailored for the Commercial Cargo & Offshore Sectors

About the Online PSA Course (for Commercial Cargo Vessels & Ferries)

This fully online STCW ISPS Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course for the Commercial Cargo & Ferry Sectors provides the necessary Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) as detailed under the Learning Outcomes set by the Merchant Navy Training Board for ship’s crew who do not possess Designated Security Duties. The fully online course is the mandatory, minimum security training requirement for any vessel that falls under the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

For more details about this online course, please view the tabs below this description. The course is required to inform crew and staff of the relevant codes, conventions and protocols in existence and their responsibilities to maintain a sense of awareness regarding the safety and security of the vessel. It is important to note that the course is not designed to instruct crew and staff in the performance and provision of security-related duties, referred to as Designated Security Duties.

Please Note: We also provide the (STCW ISPS) PSA Course for the following Sectors:

  • Proficiency in Security Awareness for Cruise Ship Crew & Staff
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness for Superyacht Crew & Staff

Regulations Addressed

VIRSEC's Security Awareness Course has been developed with the following considerations:

  • The MNTB Security Courses Criteria [1st Edition]
  • Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code [2010]
  • IMO Model Course 3.27 [2012 Edition]
  • The International Ship and Port Facility Code 2004, as amended [STCW Table A-VI/6-1]

Target Audience

To provide those onboard ship who do not have a designated security duty 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. NB: security awareness training must be undertaken by all seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on ships which are required to comply with the ISPS Code.

Awarding Body

This online PSA Course is fully approved and certified under the UK Department for Transport Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and meets with Regulation VI/6, paragraph 1, and Section A-VI/6, paragraphs 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended.

Course Learning Outcomes

The Online (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) meets with the following Learning Outcomes as set out by the Merchant Navy Training Board.

  1. Be aware of the importance of ship security and the roles of those involved in its provision.
  2. Be aware of the requirements and measures to maintain ship security.
  3. Be able to recognise and report a security threat.

Course Duration

The course duration is approximately 4 hours. Learners may enter and exit the course as often as they require. Your licence allows you access to the course for up to 6 months to complete [if required] or upon successful completion of the course.

Security Awareness 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.

Official MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency in Security Awareness Certification

The online PSA Course is fully Approved by the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is internationally recognised and accepted.  It includes the 2010 Manila Amendments and conforms to 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.

Secure PDF Certificate

Upon successful completion of the online course, verification of Learner ID, and associated official Assessment, Learners will receive an electronic version of the official course certificate (in secure PDF format). Certificates are usually sent out within 24 hours of confirmation of your results, or the next working day.

Hardcopy, Embossed Stamped Certificate

Learners may also request a hardcopy certificate to be posted to their home address for a small administration and postage charge.

Yes, the fully online Proficiency in Security Awareness or PSA Course, is fully Approved under the UK Department for Transport, Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). The course complies with the requirements placed upon it by the STCW Convention & Code, the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and meets with the Knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency 9kup0 requirements laid out by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).

Yes, this course is fully compliant with the Standards of Training, Certification & Watchkeeping (STCW). Any country that is signed up to the ISPS Code and STCW Convention should accept our certification. We have to date provided our courses into 130 countries worldwide.

All our courses have a six (6) month access licence applied to them. This licence commences the day the course is purchased, and not from the day you first access the course.

No, VIRSEC provides you with a comprehensive set of Course Notes that you can download at the start of each of the Learning Outcomes. You can also use these notes to research any answers when taking the Official Assessment at the end of the course.

On the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course, we have a short Assessment after each of the three Learning Outcomes. You must achieve a minimum score of 70% per Assessment to enable you to move onto the next Learning Outcome. Your overall score is an average of the three scores you achieve on the three Assessments.

If you fail an Assessment, you may retake it again straight away, or whenever you wish within the 6-month licence applicable to your course [licences commence the day the course is purchased, not the date they are accessed].

No, the course is 100% online and you are required to adhere to the strict requirements outlined in the course explanation as well as any requests made of you during the course such as completing and submitting your online Learner Verification.

Yes, you are required to submit an official form of ID such as a scan of your passport, driving licence, or other official photo ID. This is to ensure you are who you state yourself to be, and so we can use this ID to collect the relevant information that will populate your official course certificate. It is very easy to do and will only take you around five (5) minutes to do.

No, for the Security Awareness there is no requirement for an invigilator to be present. However, we do require [as covered] that you provide the correct information on the Online Learner Verification Form and submit the required form of photo ID. This is covered in detail on the course itself.

When you complete the course correctly and pass the Official Assessment, we will verify your time spent on the course, your submitted ID and your Official Assessment. Once we are satisfied, we will email you a secure PDF of your certificate that you must print off and sign. These PDFs are security encrypted to prevent any tampering with information placed on them, and so you must print them off to sign with as black pen.

Yes, under the relevant Agencies and Conventions, the Security Awareness is a 4-hour course. This excludes any video content we have included [for interest], viewing of any websites linked from the course or documents also linked from the course.

We are allowed a slight variation in timings due to individual reading speeds, but we will fail you if you exceed the allowed variance. Please note that the Course Notes are purely there for reference and revision, and any time spent reading these do not count towards your time spent on the course. This is also covered in the course itself, so make sure you spend the time necessary to study properly.

You can take a break from the course at any time of your choosing. We also recommend that you have regular breaks and often build reminders into our courses. It is strongly recommended that if you are going to take a significant break, we recommend that you log out. The system will remember your progress so you may continue from that point when you log back in.

If you complete the course in an unrealistic time (too quickly) we will have no alternative but to fail you. It is important that you treat this like you would any officially Approved course taught in a classroom environment. The fact that it is online is not reason to abuse the requirements. As stated in other FAQs, we do allow a slight variance in timings due to individual reading speeds.

No, we do not take into consideration your time served, nor your rank. This is an ISPS Course and there is a time set by the relevant Awarding body and Governing Bodies. If you abuse this, you will fail to meet the minimum requirements regardless of the score achieved in the Assessment(s).

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    This course was a great opportunity, I learnt a lot of new things about safety and security. I highly recommend this course! Many thanks!

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    The course outline is simplified and enables one to study and understand quickly. The assessment is also of great standard as it is based on material provided during the learning process. An excellent programme.

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    Excellent course with essential information. The presentation of topics is well designed. It is worth taking this course online. Overall excellent

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    This course was user friendly and easy to navigate. I also appreciated that I could take my time to complete it.

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Benjamin S.

    This was a no nonsense training session. What I enjoyed very much was the fact that I could study the material without interruptions from classmates etc. Start when it suited me and pushed as hard as I wanted. Information was presented in a professional but simple manner so anybody can easily complete this course and be satisfied that his money was well spent.

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    This was a great course, ticked all the right boxes. Highly recommended as a preferable way of doing this course.

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    There is a lot of useful information that will refresh our knowledge about how important it is to know all those security aspects that we might miss during the time we work on a ship. Thank you a lot to VTC.

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    In light of the security threats posed by terrorists, hijackers and smugglers, this course is very useful in mitigating the threats posed. I truly recommend it.

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    Clear information, well divided, was done with ease, no pressure or stress. Well done!

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