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.


    Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

    Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

    If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

    If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

    If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.


    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.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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