Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Course

Offered by Maritime Education Services, this course is a quintessential element of maintaining and encouraging a safe, secure environment on board.

Maritime Education Services is located in Phuket Island in the area of Southern Thailand. Our highly esteemed training facility is the only educational centre in Asia with MCA accreditation from the United Kingdom’s government. In addition to this, we are registered with the Thai Ministry of Education to provide training courses for seafarers in security theory and practice and myriad other essential training programs.

Enrol in our PDSD course today in order to receive your Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) approved certification in various security duties required of your on-board employment.

What Is PDSD?

PDSD stands for Proficiency in Designated Security Duties. It is a qualification that comes with completion of this intensive course, and is often a qualification required of personnel and employees who have security duties listed as a component in their job description on board most ships.

Measuring an employee’s proficiency in security awareness is an important aspect of maintaining safety on board any vessel. As this course is so important and is required by STCW code, it is incredibly fortunate that it is now possible to enrol in a Designated Security Duties Course online.

The importance of this training program and certification is due to the importance of constantly enhancing and maintaining safety on board any sea vessel for cargo, crew, and passengers. Properly training employees with security duties is essential in creating a safe on-board environment.

Who should take this course?

This informative, MCA approved PDSD course is primarily intended for seafarers who, as a result of their employed position, have designated duties under the current security plan of the vessel. A seafarer is described by the Maritime Labour Convention as any person who is employed on a ship in any capacity, or whose primary place of work in on board a ship.

This course is intended to give these employees the wealth of knowledge and contextual information, as well as practical application skills to properly maintain safety and security on board any ship during a possibly hazardous or compromising situation. This course is also intended for any seafarer or crew member seeking certain MCA certifications relating to security that are necessary to their employment.

Please be sure to peruse the below Certification section in order to see the certifications offered by this course.

Course Goals

This extensive PDSD course is designed to prepare all participants for any number of duties on board related to security. The highly trained professionals selected to administer this course have extensive training and years of applied experience, which they are able to draw from in order to be sure that each and every student of this course leaves with proficiency in security awareness.

Throughout the duration of this intensive course, all participants will first and foremost learn the very basics of security on board, including roles and responsibilities of the ship’s crew members. They will also learn what constitutes a threat or risk to the ship in the first place. They will also come away with an intricate knowledge of the equipment, technology, and security methods usually utilized on board, and how they work. 

In addition to this information and theory, participants learn extensively about the practical application and implementation of various security measures that may be required in a state of emergency. After this course, it is expected that participants will be able to effectively implement these security measures.

At the end of this course, upon completion, participants will have gathered a wealth of knowledge relating to security measures and procedures. They should also feel comfortable applying this new knowledge in the context of a real-life situation. This new pool of knowledge and practical skills includes the ability to perform non-intrusive inspections and physical searches and to appropriately manage crowds with myriad proven crowd control techniques.

They will also develop a working understanding of the procedures used to maintain the security plan of the ship at Security Levels one, two, and three. They will also finetune their abilities to conduct precautionary emergency procedure drills relating to ship security with emphasis on adherence to the plan as well as effective communication among all personnel and crew members on board the ship.


This course is approved by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is therefore compliant with their various standards relating to certification and training. Anyone who completes this course is therefore Maritime Coastguard Agency certified in Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA).

Upon completion, a graduate of the course will receive the appropriate International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) recognized PDSD certificate.

Participants who venture to complete this course are compliant with the requirements detailed in section A-VI (see paragraphs 6, 7, and 8) of the designated security duties STCW code. This section pertains to personnel who are employed or otherwise performing services onboard ships.

How to Sign Up

For any willing applicants, signing up for this intensive course has been made easy by our website. Simply fill out and submit an enquiry via a contact form on our website indicate that you would like to be signed up. Give us your name and surname, followed by the course that you would like to be enrolled in. In this case, you’ll want to enrol in the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) course. Please also include your email and phone number at the bottom as well as any comments or questions you may have in our helpful “comment” section.

After this simple form is filled out, you are good to go!

If you would rather speak to us verbally than fill out an online form, please feel free to call our office! Our helpful staff are always available to assist possible students in a variety of ways. Whether you are calling to be enrolled in a course you have selected, or you have a question about one of our many wonderful courses, our staff are always ready and available to help.

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