Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties(DSD) – Online Course

Port Security Duties Official

Possibly the most informative, fully-online Port Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties courses, following the IMO model course and available anywhere. This course covers all the required subjects as instructed by the IMO and is key to ensuring that those persons performing the role of the Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties fully understand their duties and responsibilities.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 10 Hours

Difficulty: Intermediate


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SALE 225.00$ CAD + Applicable taxes
6 months of access

This course is for:

To give the essential education and training to get certified as a Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties and meet the requirements set out in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

Approved Training Courses:

Virtual Maritime Academy is recognized as an institution approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Our course is globally accepted.


Under the International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) Code qualification


No Pre-Requisites

It is assumed that persons attending this course are:

  • Employed by a port facility operator; and/or
  • Port/Marine Facility Security Officer assistant;
  • Port Facility Personnel with designated security duties involved in the Port Facility Security Plan

Course participants are expected to have a basic understanding of port operations in order to be able to advise and implement the security concept mandated by SOLA S chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code.

Regulations, Code, Convention Addressed:

The International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) Code, the IMDG Code, the IMO/ILO Code of Practice on Security in Ports, and guidance contained in IMO MSC.1/Circ. 1341.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Maintaining the conditions set out in a PFSP;
  2. Recognition of security threats;
  3. Inspection, control, and monitoring activities;
  4. Ensure that security equipment and systems are properly operated, tested, and calibrated; and
  5. Proper usage of security equipment and systems, if any.

Course Structure:

The course is fully online and consists of:

  • 9 chapters and the final assessment & course feedback.
  • Confirmation questions after each chapter.
  • Course Manual.
  • A Final Course Assessment.


There are multi-choice questions to complete at the end of each chapter and a final assessment. 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) with a webcam and an ok internet speed for your Final Assessment.  If for any reason you do not pass with a mark of at least 70% of your Final Assessment there is a fee a 75$ CAD+ applicable taxes to re-attempt the Final Assessment.


Approximately 10 hours.

You can enter and exit this course as often as you require. This course is a do it at your own pace.


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

Student Verification Requirements:

The student is required to complete a simple online verification form that links from the course, where they will submit a scan of an official photo ID such as a passport, CoC, or similar. This is a requirement under Transport Canada. 

Training Certification:

The online Port/Marine Facility Personnel with Designated Security Duties Course is internationally accepted.  It includes the 2010 Manila Amendments and conforms to Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the ISPS Code, the IMDG Code, the IMO/ILO Code of Practice on Security in Ports, and guidance contained in IMO MSC.1/Circ.1341.


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

Online Course Subjects:

A course meeting all the requirements.

  • Historical Perspective
  • Current Security threats and patterns
  • Maritime Security Policy
  • Security Responsibilities
  • Security Equipment
  • Port Facility Security Plan
  • Threat Identification
  • Security Levels
  • Drills and exercises
  • Ship Security Actions
  • Contingency plan
  • Security Administration
  • Security Training
  • And the list can continue……..

Get your PORT-DSD Certificate Today!

SALE 225.00$ CAD + Applicable taxes
6 months of access

Course Progress



  • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • About the DSD Course
    • Final Assessment Information
    • Certification Process
    • Course Notes
    • Course Notices
    • Student ID Verification
    • Student ID Form
    • Let’s Begin!
  • Chapter 1
    • History
    • Current Security Threats & Operations
  • Chapter 2
    • Conventions & codes
    • Government
    • Definitions
    • SSRI
  • Chapter 3
    • Contracting Governments
    • The RSO
    • The Company
    • The Ship
    • The Port Facility
    • The SSO
    • The CSO
    • The PFSO
    • Ship’s security
    • Port Personnel
    • Other Personnel
    • The Ship Master
  • Chapter 4
    • Assessment tools 
    • On-scene security surveys
    • The PFSP
  • Chapter 5
    • Actions required
    • Access Control Video 1
    • Access Control Video 2
    • Stowaways
    • IMDG Code
    • Declaration of Security (DoS)
    • Reporting incidents
  • Chapter 6
    • Security Equipment
    • Limitations & Maintenance
  • Chapter 7
    • Detection
    • Detection Video 1
    • Detection Video 2
    • Detection Video 3
    • Searches
    • Searches Videos 1
    • Searches Video 2
    • Searches Video 3
    • Recognitions
    • Crowd Management
    • Cyber Security
  • Chapter 8
    • Emergencies & Drills
  • Chapter 9
    • Documents & Records
  • Final Assessment
    • Final Check
    • Final Assessment
    • Student Feedback
    • What’s Next?
  • Certificate
    • Certificate
    • Thank You!