Vessel Personnel Without Security Responsibilities (VPWOSR) – Online Course


This course is intended to provide the knowledge required to enable personnel without designated security duties in connection with a Ship Security Plan (SSP) to enhance ship security in accordance with the requirements of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the ISPS Code, and section A-VI/6-1 of the STCW Code, as amended.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 5.5 Hours

Difficulty: Beginner


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SALE Original price was: 300.00$.Current price is: 175.00$. 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 without 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:

Regulation VI/6, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/6, paragraph 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended.


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/6-1.

Course Objectives:

  • The meaning and the consequential requirements of the different security levels;
  • Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans;
  • Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances, and devices;
  • Recognition, on a non-discriminatory basis, of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security; and
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures.

Course Structure:

The VPWSOR course consists of:

  • 5 chapters.
  • Confirmation questions after each chapter
  • Course Manual, and
  • 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 5.5 hours.

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


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

Student Verification Requirements:

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

Training Certification:

The online VPWOSR Course is fully approved by Transport Canada and is internationally recognized.  It includes the Manila Amendments and incorporates the VPWSOR course lay down in Regulation VI/5, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended, as laid down in Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code.


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

Course Subjects:

A course meeting all the requirements.

  • Maritime Security Policy
  • Maritime Security Definitions
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
  • Security levels
  • Security Responsibilities
  • The IMO, ISPS, STCW, and SOLAS Explanation
  • Security-Related Information, SSRI
  • What is a Ship Security Officer
  • How to report Security Related incidents
  • Threat Identification, Recognition & Response
  • Ship Security Actions
  • Emergency Preparedness, Drills & Exercises.
  • Download the Official Course Syllabus HERE

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SALE Original price was: 300.00$.Current price is: 175.00$. CAD + Applicable taxes
6 months of access

Course Progress



  • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • Virtual Maritime Academy Introduction
    • About the VPWOSR Course
    • Final Assessment Information
    • Certification Process
    • Course Notes
    • Course Notices
    • Student ID Verification
    • Student ID Form
    • Let’s Begin!
  • Course Introduction
    • About the VPWOSR Course 
  • Maritime Security Policy
    • Objectives
    • A Brief Introduction to the ISPS Code
    • ISPS Video
    • Threats to Maritime Transportation
    • Relevant Codes, Conventions & Regulations
    • Relevant Codes, Cont
    • Definitions
    • SSRI
  • Security Responsibilities
    • Objectives
    • Roles & Responsibilities
    • Security Video
    • The Designated Security Duties Requirement
    • The Maritime Security Measures
    • The Ship Security Plan (SSP)
  • Threat Identification & Recognition
    • Objectives
    • Recognition of Dangerous Items
    • Recognition of Persons Likely to Pose a Threat
    • Access Control Video
    • Methods of Circumventing Security
    • Cyber Security Video
    • Stowaway Video
  • Ship Security Actions
    • Objectives
    • The Maritime Security Levels
  • Emergency Preparedness
    • Objectives
    • Counter-Piracy Measures
    • Emergency & Contingency Plans
    • Maritime Piracy 
    • Security Drills & Exercises
    • Drill Video 1
    • Drill Video 2
    • Security Drill Video
  • Final Assessment
    • Final Check
    • Final Assessment
    • Final Assessment Request
    • What’s Next?
    • Student Feedback
  • Certificate
    • Certificate
    • Thank You!