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MCA Approved Mandatory STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) Course Online for Seafarers by VIRSEC


The purpose of the STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) online course is to equip personnel who do not have assigned Security responsibilities with the necessary knowledge to bolster ship security. It is mandatory for all seafarers, irrespective of their position or department, to possess an STCW security awareness certificate, even if they are not assigned specific duties onboard.

The course is mandatory as per STCW & ISPS regulations for personnel who work aboard ships, including stewards, cruise ship staff, entertainers, and others. Its purpose is to educate and familiarize crew and staff with applicable codes, conventions, and protocols, emphasizing their responsibility to prioritize the safety and security of the vessel and maintain security vigilance onboard.

The PSA Course is compliant to the guidelines stated in the MNTB Security Courses Criteria, regulation VI/6 and section A-VI/6 of the STCW 2010 convention and code, and the International Ship and Port Facility Code (ISPS Code) with the latest amendments.

Specialized online courses in PSA are available for crew and staff working in commercial vessels, ferries, superyachts, cruise ships, and associated industries.

Online STCW PSA Training

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PSA Certification

  • Course: The MCA Approved IMO Model Course 3.27, known as Proficiency in Security Awareness, is a fully online course catering to crew members who do not hold any Designated Security Duties aboard Ship. This course is specifically tailored for individuals working in the commercial Cargo vessels, ferries, superyachts, cruise ships, and related industries.
  • Mode of Study & Assessments: All tests and assessments are conducted seamlessly through an entirely online platform.
  • Course Access: 6 months
  • Course Approval: MCA UK
  • Compliance: STCW regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6
  • Acceptance: MCA UK and any country that is signed up to the ISPS Code and STCW Convention should accept the certification.
  • Duration: Approximately 4 hours
  • Online Assessment: After each of the three learning outcomes, a brief evaluation will be conducted. To progress to the next learning outcome, you are required to attain a minimum score of 70% in each assessment. In case of failure, you have the option to retake the assessment immediately or at any time within a six-month period.
  • Documentation: To complete the process, kindly provide a scan of a recognized form of identification, such as your passport, driving license, or any other officially issued photo ID.
  • Invigilation During Assessment: Not required
  • Certification: After successfully finishing the online course, verifying their Learner ID, and passing the assessment, learners will be issued an electronic edition of the course certificate in a secure PDF format. This certificate will be sent via email. A printed copy can also be obtained upon request.
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PSA Course Content

  • 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 recognize security threats, including Maritime Piracy and Armed Robbery against Shipping.
  • Plus more

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PSA Security Awareness (Commercial Shipping & Offshore) Course Online join now virsec - This mandatory course is tailored for all crew and staff from the commercial cargo, ferry and related sectors


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LAST UPDATED ON Jul 11, 2023