ISPS STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD)(VPWSR)

$337.50 CAD

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Designated Security Duties
Training School:
Virtual Maritime Academy
online course
2 days

Quoted price (ex. TPS/TVQ) is valid only with the following discount code: STCWDIRECT

This fully online course provides the relevant training to those who have been entrusted with fulfilling designated security duties on board ship 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.

Approved Training Courses:

Virtual Maritime Academy is a Transport Canada Recognized Institution. This course is fully approved and certified under Transport Canada. Transport Canada training certificate is internationally recognized and accepted under STCW around the world including MCA, USCG, AMSA just to name a few….


To give those undertaking designated security duties on board ship the essential education and training meet 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.

Course Qualification:

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.


There is no intake restriction, although some seagoing 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, Code, Convention Addressed:

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

Learning Objectives:

  • The learner knows why ship security is important and knows the roles and responsibilities of the organizations and individuals involved.
  • The learner knows what constitutes a security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations.
  • The learner knows the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment, and systems.
  • The learner knows how to maintain the measures in a ship security plan and related requirements.
  • The learner is able to maintain the effectiveness of security arrangements, procedures, and equipment at the three security levels, taking into account their limitations.

Course Structure:

The PDSD course consists of:

  • 5 Chapter representing the introduction, the three learning outcomes, and the final assessment & course feedback.
  • Confirmation questions after each module.
  • Downloadable Course Manual.
  • A Final Official Course Assessment.


There are multi-choice on-screen learning confirmation questions to complete at the end of each section and a final randomized test. This test pass mark is 70%. The Final Assessment is fully online and no need to attend any classroom. A Proctor will be assigned to you to monitor your during your Final Assessment. If for any reason you do not pass with a mark of at least 70% your Final Assessment there is a fee a 50$ CAD+ applicable taxes to re-attempt the Final Assessment.


The course lasts for approximately 11.25 hours depending on the learner’s abilities and reading speed. However, you can enter and exit this course as often as you require.

Mode of Delivery:

This course is delivered using an interactive Learning Management System (LMS). Students follow easy on-screen instructions to progress through the course. The program contains text, still photographs, video clips, and animations. The course is delivered 100% online with absolutely no requirement to attend a test center.

Online Verification Requirements:

The student is required to complete a simple online verification form which links from the course, where they will submit a scan of an official photo ID such as a passport, CoC or similar. This is a requirement under Transport Canada.

Official PDSD Training Certification:

The online PDSD course is fully approved by Transport Canada and is internationally recognized and accepted. It includes the 2010 Manila Amendments and conforms to 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.


A hardcopy, embossed version of the training certificate will be posted to your address free of charge. All PDSD Course chapters must be successfully completed, paperwork received, and the assessment passed to receive your Official Transport Canada Training Certificate.

Course Subjects:

A subject-rich course meeting with the requirements.

  • 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.
  • 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 organizations.
  • 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.
  • Criteria for setting Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels under the ISPS Code.
  • Actions to prevent weapons, dangerous substances and devices being brought on board.
  • Emergency Drills & Exercises.
  • 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.
  • The Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).
  • The Ship Security Plan (SSP).
  • The provisions for maintaining security.

Quoted price (ex. TPS/TVQ) is valid only with the following discount code: STCWDIRECT

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