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Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) – course

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) – course



Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) STCW A-VI/6- 2 Proficency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD). 

One day - £200 + VAT 


This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 1.5 days. The course dates are as follows;

7th - 8th September 2017

5th - 6th October 2017

2nd - 3rd November 2017

7th - 8th December 2017

About the course

Our Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) PDSD course follows the ISPS Code, which is a comprehensive set of maritime security measures to enhance the safety and security of ships and port facilities against criminal, terrorist, espionage, and piracy threats.

The ISPS Code 2004 update provides a standardised model of risk management that is internationally recognised. Designed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, it is implemented through XI-2 SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) convention.

The training and certification is in accordance with the learning objectives set out in Section A-VI paragraph 6-8 of the amended STCW Code, and includes: 

  • maintenance of the ship security plan
  • recognition of security threats and risks
  • the practice of regular security inspections
  • the use of security equipment and systems

For shipboard personnel with designated security duties nominated within the SSP (Ship Security Plan) engaged on ISPS Code compliant vessels. Any seafarer involved in the security of a vessel. The MCA Proficiency in Designated Security Duties certificate is an IMO-recognised qualification approved by Security Companies.

2-3 Nov


7-8 Dec


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