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Transport Canada Approved Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties (Port DSD) Certification Online by VMA


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Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties (Port DSD) are individuals who have been specifically assigned Security responsibilities at a port facility. They have responsibilities respecting the security of a marine facility and must have, by training or job experience, the knowledge that is relevant to the facility in the areas that relate to their responsibilities are trained to identify potential security threats and take action to prevent them from becoming a risk to the facility or its users.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has established training requirements for port facility personnel with designated security duties under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The Security Awareness Training for Port Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties training (IMO Model Course 3.24) is necessary to ensure that the personnel responsible for the security of the port facilities are competent and knowledgeable about their roles and responsibilities. Port facility personnel with designated security duties should receive this training at the earliest opportunity and at least every five years thereafter to ensure that their knowledge and skills remain up to date.

The Virtual Maritime Academy (VMA) Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties(DSD) Online Course covers all the required subjects as instructed by the IMO and is key to ensuring that those persons performing the role of the Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties fully understand their duties and responsibilities

This Online Port DSD course is approved by Transport Canada and internationally recognized as it complies with the international regulations on Maritime Security mandated by IMO.

Port DSD Certification Online

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Port DSD Certification

  • The online Transport Canada Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties (Port DSD) course gives the essential education and training to get certified as a Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties and meet the requirements set out in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS ) Code.
  • The course lasts for approximately 10 hours
  • The course is fully online and there is no requirement to attend the assessments in a classroom.
  • The learners are required to submit their official Photo ID which is required by Transport Canada.
  • Upon successful completion of the online course, a hard copy will be mailed without any charges.
  • Acceptance: This is an internationally recognized course. All IMO whitelisted countries accept Transport Canada Approved Courses. For further information, please check with your employer.
  • Important: This course is for port personnel

Port DSD Course Content

  • Historical Perspective
  • Current Security threats and patterns
  • Maritime Security Policy
  • Security Responsibilities
  • Security Equipment
  • Port Facility Security Plan
  • Threat Identification
  • Security Levels
  • Drills and exercises
  • Ship Security Actions
  • Contingency plan
  • Security Administration
  • Security Training


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LAST UPDATED ON Jul 11, 2023