MCA Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (PSSR) (STCW)

What is special about this course?

This full day course is a pre-requisite for entry to the Merchant Navy. A certificate is issued by the college on behalf of the Maritime Coastal Agency (MCA)following MCA required standards of training and syllabus.

The course covers basic induction training in safety procedures, accident prevention and familiarises new seafarers with employment and working conditions aboard a ship.

Students develop knowledge, understanding and practical competence in areas critical to marine safety.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

  • Complying with emergency procedures
  • Take precautions to prevent pollution of the marine environment
  • Observe safe working practices
  • Understand orders and be understood in relation to shipboard duties
  • Contribute to effective human relationships on board ship
  • Types of emergency which may occur, contingency plans for responses to emergencies
  • Action to take on discovering a potential emergency
  • Emergency signals, actions and specific duties allocated to crew members in the muster list
  • Muster stations; correct use of personal safety equipment
  • Value of training and drills
  • Knowledge of escape routes and internal communication and alarm systems
  • Effect of operational or accidental pollution of the marine environment
  • Basic environmental protection procedures
  • Importance of adhering to safe working practices at all times
  • Safely and protective devices available to protect against potential hazards aboard ship
  • Precautions to be taken prior to entering enclosed spaces
  • Familiarisation with international measure concerning accident prevention and occupational health
  • Importance of maintaining good human working relationships aboard ship
  • Social responsibilities; employment conditions; individual rights and obligations
  • Dangers of drug and alcohol abuse

How will I study my course?

    A mixture of class room based work and practical demonstrations.

    How long will my course last?

    1 Days

    1 day: 9am 5pm

    This course can be scheduled in any of our 10 college centres. Call for information and to express your interest.

    Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

    Start date

    Call your local college centre for up to date information.

    How much will my course cost?

    £100.00 MCA certificate.

    What funding can I apply for?

    If you already have a Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account (ILA) then you can enrol on a course until 30 June 2017 as long as the course commences no later than 30 September 2017.

    From October 2017, the scheme is being refreshed. For more information on how to apply for a new Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland, go to:

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    As a pre-requisite for entry to the Merchant Navy, this certificate will improve your employment options in the marine industries.

    Is there more information available online?

    You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

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