Prerequisites: None

Certificate validity: There is no expiration date for this qualification

Certification: Upon successful completion you will be awarded a certificate in Proficiency in Designated security Duties

Duration: 8 Hours
Cost:£170.00 (Please note all prices include vat @20%)
Location: South West Maritime Academy, Cromhall  Quarry, Cromhall, South Gloucestershire, GL12 8AA

STCW Basic Safety Training

What is the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties  (PDSD) Course?

The Proficiency in Designated Security Duties is aimed to cover all the essential details, practices and regulations required by a crew member undertaking a designated security duty whilst onboard a vessel.

The one day course covers all the basics, such as why security on a vessel is so important, the roles and responsibilities of those onboard in different security roles, what risks, threats and vulnerabilities there are to a ship, and the extents and limitations of security practices.

Our PDSD course at South West Maritime Academy is set out by the STCW and  Manila amendments 2010 that contain new requirements regarding security training. this course supersedes the Proficiency in Security Awareness

In fact these regulations came into force 1 January 2014 yet many crew members are still not compliant and therefore render the vessel open to being detained by port state control. Training must be undertaken by all seafarers and security personnel who have designated duties under the Ships Security Plan (SSP), as set out by STCW A-VI16-2.

Furthermore all of our training is carried out by instructors with the highest level of maritime security experience so when you come to us for maritime security training of any kind you can be sure you are getting the best in the industry.


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Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

Course Content

Maintain the conditions set out in a Ship Security Plan (SSP)
Recognise security risk and threats
Undertake regular security inspections
Properly use security equipment and systems
ISPS Code Overview
Relevant Codes, International Conventions & Recommendations
The Ship Security Plan
Ship Security Levels
Ship Security Assessment
Performance of Security Duties
Security Contingencies & Responses
Bomb & IED Threats Explained
Stowaways and Refugees
Maritime Piracy

Do I need to complete security training to work at sea?

Yes. As part of the Manilla amendments 2010 all seafarers are required to complete security training. The level of training depends on their specific role.

Which course do I need to complete?

(PSA) Proficiency in Security Awareness: Must be undertaken by ALL above not holding a
Designated Security duty on board. This includes Stewards, galley staff, entertainment staff, Pilots, etc.

(PDSD) Proficiency in Designated Security Duties: Must be undertaken by any crew who have designated duties under the Ship Security Plan. Gangway watches, stowaway searches, baggage searches, etc..

Contact us

Please contact us if you require any further information about this course or wish to book on behalf of a company:
Telephone: 01454 260130

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday  – Friday: 08.30 – 17.00

Please be aware that online bookings will be confirmed with course joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment will be received by email.

There is a wide range of local accommodation, some of which are within walking distance of the training centre to suit everyone’s budget. For a list of local accommodation please click here.

3 reviews for Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Course (PDSD)

  1. Lewis Sims

    Professional and friendly service.

  2. Morgan Malwah

    Brilliant again. Thank you

  3. Will Handley

    Excellent course, very helpful at getting a place at short notice.

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