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Online STCW ISPS Security Awareness (PSA) 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 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.

  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approved
  • Internationally Recognised under STCW ISPS
  • Fully Online Training Course and Official Assessments
  • Cost & Time-Efficient Means of Delivery of Training
  • Fast Turnaround on Official Course Certifications
  • Flexible Learning at Your Own Pace and Convenience
  • Ability to Re-Visit Earlier Subjects on Courses
  • Consistent Quality Method for the Delivery of Training

About the Online PSA Course

This fully online STCW ISPS Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course provides the necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency 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 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.

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]

Awarding Body

The 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

  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 lasts for approximately 4 hours depending on the learner’s abilities and reading speed. However, you can enter and exit this course as often as you require.

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.

Official PSA Course Certification

The online Security Awareness (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.

Learners will receive an electronic copy of the official course certificate (in PDF format) 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.

Yes, many of our courses carry internationally-recognised and accepted certification such as the STCW ISPS Courses we offer. We have to date, sold our courses into 112 countries around the world.

There are no pre-requisites for anyone who wishes to attend this PSA course other than you are required to demonstrate a good understanding of the English Language which is a requirement of the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Yes, the online PSA Course is fully Approved under the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the official certificate contains the required wording: 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. This Certificate is issued under the authority of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, an executive agency of the Department for Transport.

As a requirement by the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), your course access is granted for a maximum period of 6 months (please note this will commence from the date of purchase, not from the first time you access it). You must ensure that you fully complete the course within this time period and we will not accept any responsibility for you not being to access the course once this time has expired. This access licence will expire upon 6 months, or successful completion of the course itself, whichever comes first.

The PSA Course is expected to take in the region of 3 to 5 hours pending your understanding of the subjects, and your reading / learning speed.

No, as with any of our courses, you may enter and exit the PSA Course at any time and then re-commence where you left off. However, for the official assessments which you must complete in one sitting or the assessment you are taking will reset if you exit before completing it.

No, we have included a set of very comprehensive and high-quality Course Notes. These are to assist you on the course and are for revision and reference use only. These Course Notes do not replace the requirement for you to spend the expected learning time on the course.

The PSA Courses include three official online assessments as per the requirement under the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Each assessment is made up of multiple choice and true or false answers. Questions within each assessment are randomised and taken from a larger bank of questions. You may take these assessments as many times as are required to pass the course.

Once you have successfully purchased your course, you are automatically sent two emails. One will be your Booking Confirmation email that details the course you have bought and your payment information (restricted) and personal details. The second email contains your uniquely coded login link. Sometimes this ends up in the customers spam or junk email folder, so if you do not receive this email, please check here first as you are most likely to find it. The email will come from VTC Training Wing, with the subject field containing the words ‘course enrolment’.

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    I would use VTC for any online training in the future. In this changing world and where online training is seen more and more I believe VTC is ahead of the game.

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Morgan A.

    Amazing course, would recommend to a friend! 5 stars!

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Stirbu M.

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

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Bernard R.

    Anyone looking for a great online course in security awareness, I highly recommend using Virtual Training Centre.

  • 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.

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Neil P.

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

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Adrian S. C.

    Very useful and agile. Very well explained and intuitive. Thank you so much!!!!!

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Ravi P.

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

  • PSA Testimonial Reference by: Lauren G.

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

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