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Proficiency for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Online Course

STCW Proficiency for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (PDSD) provides the required knowledge, understanding and proficiency to crew & staff, who have the responsibility of fulfilling designated security duties on board to increase the security and safety. The course is approved by the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Course overview

Course Title

Proficiency for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (PDSD) Online Course

Course code





8-10 hours


Full description

STCW Proficiency for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (PDSD), MCA approved course aims to give those undertaking designated security duties on board ship 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.

The course has 5 separate outcomes and you will have to submit short pieces of coursework as well as sitting an examination in order to gain a pass. You are required to submit identification documentation (Seamans card) at enrolment.

Course content

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • ISPS Code Overview
  • Security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, assets and operations
  • Understanding the capabilities and limitations of security plans, equipment and systems and how to manage them
  • Relevant International Codes & Conventions
  • The Ship Security Plan
  • Security Contingency & Response
  • Handling of Stowaways & Refugees

You can review the course as many times as you need before you take the exam.

Please note you will not receive your certificate until your credentials have been verified (usually within 24 hours during the working week). Once your credentials have been verified your certificate will be sent electronically to you immediately and a hard copy dispatched usually within 5-10 working days.

Who should take this course?

Seafarers and security personnel who are on ISPS compliant vessels, who have been assigned designated duties under the Ship’s Security Plan (SSP)


Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Reg VI/6 para 4 to 6 Section A-VI/6, para 6-8

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