Vessel Personnel With Security Responsibilities (VPWSR)(PDSD) Online Course

VPWSR/PDSD Online Course

Also know as Proficiency In Designated Security Duties (PDSD), this comprehensive online course meticulously offers specialized training to individuals who have been bestowed with the responsibility of executing distinct security duties on board ships. Thorough studies and research findings substantiate the claim that crew members, when furnished with superior-quality training, exhibit augmented proficiency and capability, not just in navigating through high-stress environments, but also in effectively handling and resolving security-related incidents. This proficiency becomes particularly apparent during scenarios that necessitate a robust security response, thereby affirming the imperative nature and invaluable contribution of high-caliber training in ensuring the safe and secure operation of maritime activities.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 15 Hours

Difficulty: Intermediate


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SALE Original price was: 600.00$.Current price is: 400.00$. CAD + Applicable taxes
6 months of access

Approved Training Courses:

Virtual Maritime Academy is a Transport Canada Recognized Institution. This course is fully approved and certified under Transport Canada. Transport Canada training certificate is internationally recognized and accepted under STCW around the world, including MCA, USCG, AMSA just to name a few….

This course is for:

Crew members with designated security duties on board ship and requirements set in the STCW, and SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

Course Qualification:

STCW Reg VI/6. paragraph 4 and Section A-VI/6, paragraphs 6 to 8 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended, incorporates Proficiency in Security Awareness laid down in STCW Reg. VI/6, paragraph 1 Section A.VI/6, paragraph 4.


A CDN Number from Transport Canada.*

*For Transport Canada Certification.

Regulations, Code, Convention Addressed:

The International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) Code, STCW Table A-VI/6-2.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Knowledge of current security threats and patterns;
  2. Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances, and devices;
  3. Recognition, on a non-discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioural patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security;
  4. Techniques used to circumvent security measures;
  5. Crowd management and control techniques;
  6. Security-related communications;
  7. Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans;
  8. Operation of security equipment and systems;
  9. Testing, calibration, and at-sea maintenance of security equipment and systems;
  10. Inspection, control, and monitoring techniques; and
  11. Methods of physically searching persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and ship stores.

Course Structure:

The VPWSR course consists of:

  • 8 Chapters;
  • Confirmation questions after each chapter;
  • Course Manual, and
  • A Final Course Assessment.


There are multi-choice questions and a final assessment to complete at the end of each chapter. The passing mark is 70%. The Final Assessment is fully online, and no need to attend any classroom. A Proctor will be assigned to you to monitor you during your Final Assessment. You will need a computer(not a tablet, but a Chromebook will work) with a webcam, a microphone and an ok internet speed for your Final Assessment.  If for any reason, you do not pass with a mark of at least 70% your Final Assessment, there is a fee of 75$ CAD+ applicable taxes to re-attempt the Final Assessment.


Approximately 15 hours.

You can enter and exit this course as often as you need.


The course is 100% online, and there is no requirement to attend a test in a classroom.

Student Verification Requirements:

Every student is required to submit his official photo ID before starting the course. This is a requirement under Transport Canada.

Training Certification:

Transport Canada fully approves this VPWSR course, and is internationally recognized.  It includes the Manila Amendments and incorporates the VPWSOR course laid down in Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code and meets the additional criteria specified in the STCW Convention and Code.


A hard copy will be posted to your address free of charge.

Course Subjects:

A course meeting with all the requirements.

    • Maritime Security Policy
    • Security Responsibilities
    • Ship Security Assessment
    • Security Equipment
    • Threat Identification, Recognition & Response
    • Ship Security Actions
    • Emergency Preparedness, Drills, and Exercises
    • Security Administration
    • And many other topics…
    • Download the Official Course Syllabus HERE.

Get your VPWSR Certificate Today

SALE Original price was: 600.00$.Current price is: 400.00$. CAD + Applicable taxes
6 months of access

Course Progress



  • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • About the VPWSR Course
    • Final Assessment Information
    • Certification Process
    • Course Notices
    • Student ID Verification
    • Student ID Form
    • Course Notes
    • Let’s Begin!
  • Course Introduction
    • Introduction
    • Current Security Threats & Operations
  • Chapter 1
    • Codes & Conventions 
    • Codes & Conventions(Cont.)
    • Governments
    • Definitions
    • SSRI
  • Chapter 2
    • Roles & Responsibilities
    • Roles & Responsibilities(Cont.)
  • Chapter 3
    • Risk Assessement
    • On-Scene Inspection
    • The SSP
  • Chapter 4
    • Security Equipment
    • Security Monitoring
    • Testing & Calibration
  • Chapter 5
    • Recognition of Weapons
    • Searches & Inspections
    • Persons Likely to Pose a Threat
    • Methods to Circumvent Security
    • Crowd Management
  • Chapter 6
    • Security Levels
    • Maintaining Security
    • Maintaining Security(Cont.)
    • Declaration of Security DoS
    • Reporting
    • SSP Effectiveness
  • Chapter 7
    • The BMP & UKMTO
    • Drill & Procedures
  • Chapter 8
    • Record Keeping & Certificate
  • Final Assessment
    • Final Check
    • Final Assessment
    • Final Assessment Request
    • Student Feedback
    • What’s Next?
  • Certificate
    • Your Certificate