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STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness Training Course (PSA)

0.5 day course
Theory 180 minutes
Practical 40 minutes
Assessment 20 minutes

Breaks for refreshments are not included in this overall total

This MCA regulated Security Awareness course provides all seafarers, the education and training in personal survival techniques to meet the knowledge, understanding and proficiency (KUP) requirements.

It is one of five courses that together make up the STCW Basic Safety Training Course - an essential qualification for anyone wishing to work on commercial ships. 

The Proficiency in Security Awareness course will be delivered from a purpose-built classroom to support STCW instruction.

This course takes delegates through the standards of competence required in terms of security awareness on board a ship. These are:

  • Contribute to the enhancement of the maritime security through heightened awareness
  • Recognition of security threats
  • Understanding of the need for and methods of maintain security awareness and vigilance

By the end of the course delegates will:

  • Be aware of the importance of ship security and the roles of those involved in its provision.
  • Be aware of the requirements and measure to maintain ship security.
  • Be able to recognise and report and security threat

To view the full course timetable, click here.

All MRS Training & Rescue instructors that deliver this course are existing rescue operators who deliver specialist rescue training for awarding bodies and internally accredited courses.

All undertake, as a minimum, the Level 3 Approved Educational Training package (or equivalent) and the City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, to assess in both the work based and vocational arenas. 

Delegates will undertake a written assessment and achieve a minimum of 80%.

On successful completion of the course, delegates will receive a printed MRS Training & Rescue certificate.

The course is regulated by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is in line with the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping.

Those successfully completing the assessments will be issued with a certificate which currently has no revalidation period - however we would suggest not exceeding 5 years.


The instructor to candidate ratio for this course is 1:24.

If you book this course online, you can pay for the course by debit or credit card.

If you wish to pay via an invoice, please enquire about the course and our team will contact you to complete the booking.

Courses start at 9am and finish at about 1pm


No – PPE is not required for this classroom-based course.

Yes. Delegates must provide government issued photo identification on their day of training. This is a mandatory requirement and failure to provide this will prevent the delegate taking the training until verification can be made. 

Course materials and refreshments are provided.

The MRS Training & Rescue certificate will be provided to successful candidates at the end of the course.

Joining instructions are sent by email – which are usually received on the same day but always within 48 hours of booking.

Yes - subject to our terms and conditions.

Yes, free parking is available at all our UK training centres for course candidates.

A very enjoyable course. Trainers very friendly and knowledgeable.
Simon Wall, Marine Capability Solutions
Very good course. I have a few things which I can take back and pass on to others as well as improve onboard procedures.
Ryan Palmer
Interesting, informative, hands-on training. Very clear trainer.
Eleanor Darlington, National Oceanographic Centre (UKRI)
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The Benefits

  • We are a leading authority in confined space and at height technical rescue and we never rest in our goal to keep people safe.

  • We practice what we preach – our trainers are also operational rescue team members – so have real life stories to make the theory come alive.

  • We deliver best-in-class training so that anyone attending courses leaves capable of applying the knowledge to real-life situations.

  • Most of our courses are highly practical and feedback from delegates is excellent.

  • Nationwide service from our eight Training and Rescue Centres across the UK.

  • Are employed by us and trained to our own exacting standards.

  • Have real-life experience of working in high-risk environments and often share these with candidates.

  • Understand recognised learning styles and quickly adapt their delivery based on the needs of those being trained.

  • Ensure delegates are engaged by punctuating training with tests, quizzes and practical sessions.

  • Where possible, include information specific to delegates’ working practices so they leave ready to apply the learning in their day-to day roles.

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