Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) - course

About the course

In January 2014, the IMO made it a legal requirement that all seafarers onboard ISPS Code compliant vessels undertake a Port Security Awareness course.

The training and certification is in accordance with the learning objectives set out in Section A-VI/6 of the amended STCW (Standards of Training and Certification of Watch-keepers) Code, and includes:

  • enhancing maritime security through heightening awareness
  • recognising and reacting to security threats
  • understanding the requirements and methods for maintaining security awareness.


Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA).

½ day - £150 + VAT


PSA is a four hour guided learning programme.  


Delivered on the University of Plymouth main campus.

Who should attend

Employees employed or engaged in any capacity on board a ship or in a port facility which is required to comply with the provisions of the ISPS code 2004 on the business of that ship as part of the ships complement, or as port staff without designated security duties.

Pre-course requirements

There is no pre-course requirement.


Assessment is continual throughout training.

Apply for this course

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To find out any further information, or to apply to one of our other CPD courses, please contact the Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy at