Certified resource for

Marine Mammal Observers

Approved by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Intelligent Ocean Ltd.

Intelligent Ocean aims to ensure that personnel involved in marine mammal mitigation during offshore operations have access to high quality training and continued informative support. In operation since 2009, Intelligent Ocean offers affordable professional courses and to date we have issued over 3000 certificates to academic students, freelance consultants and employed staff.  Our training incorporates the latest developments in the field of marine mammal mitigation and our consultancy services are based on a strong scientific foundation. Our knowledge is based on over 20 years of hands-on experience with offshore industry operations, marine mammal mitigation, consultation with regulatory bodies and a background in marine mammal research and naturalist guiding.

Intelligent Ocean’s UK Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) Training Course is approved by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

Intelligent Ocean’s Protected Species Observer (PSO) Training Course for the U.S. Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico is approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). 

Intelligent Ocean’s Passive Acoustic Monitoring and PAMGUARD Software Training Course is recognised as an accredited continuing professional development (CPD) course by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).


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We will be delighted to answer any questions you have regarding our courses. However you may find the answer below:

When are the next courses scheduled for?

Our courses are instant access courses which means you can start as soon as you register and pay via the online booking system on the website. No need to wait.
If you are a company and wish your employees to take a training course with us, we can enrol each person as soon as we have their details.

How long do the courses take to complete? Do I have to do it all in one sitting?

Intelligent Ocean offers eLearning courses which require you to login, read the course material, watch videos and answer multiple choice assessments. This means that the courses take as long as you wish them to take. Some people like to study for one or two hours a day over many days, while others will sit and work all day on the course. The JNCC MMO course and the PAM course can be completed in 2 days each. The PSO course is a much more intensive course covering many mitigation roles and for a beginner would take 4 or 5 days to complete.

Do I receive a certificate at the end of the course?

You will receive a certificate at the end of the course if you have read all the material, watched the videos and passed the multiple-choice assessments with a pass mark of 85% or more. For PAM training we require you to undertake an additional exercise of configuring PAMGUARD software which will be assessed by us before issuing a certificate.

What if I don’t pass first time?

If you don’t pass the assessments first time you can study the material again and re-do the assessment as many times as you like until you pass.

How long do I have access to the course material?

Intelligent Ocean offers unique courses in that once you have completed your course you can have continual online access to the training material. We continually update the material if regulations change, or there are updates to the PAM software and you can be assured that you will be kept up-to-date as a working professional. For continual access we need to have your permission to keep your account active due to privacy policy laws so we may contact you from time to time to ask you whether you want to keep your course access active. You will have 3 years access from the date that you enrol on the course. After this time, you will have the option to renew for another 3 years for a small fee and have continued access.

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 Privacy Policy

Intelligent Ocean's privacy policy regarding personal data held in order to provide training services can be downloaded at the link below. By purchasing our training services you agree to this policy.

Intelligent Ocean's Privacy Policy can be downloaded here.

Access to Courses

We will endeavour to allow uninterrupted access to your eLearning material, but access to the courses may be suspended, restricted or terminated at any time. We reserve the right to change, modify, substitute or remove without notice any information in the material from time to time.

You will have access to the courses you have purchased for 12 months from the date of purchase. You will be able to have further access after the 12 months on payment of a renewal fee.


Trainees must be able to speak, read and write fluently in English.

Intellectual Property/Copyright

The copyright in the material contained in the courses, together with the design, text and graphics and all software compilation belong to INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD. All rights are reserved. None of this material may be reproduced or redistributed without INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD's written permission. You may, however, download or print a single copy for your own non-commercial viewing.

If you download the course material from our site, all the material and data are deemed to be licensed to you by INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD, for your personal, non-commercial use only. INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD does not transfer either the title or the intellectual property rights of the course and INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD retains full and complete title to the courses as well as all the intellectual property rights therein. You may not sell, redistribute or reproduce or convert any of the material. INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD owns all trademarks and logos and you may not copy or use them in any manner.

Exclusions of Liability

INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD will use reasonable endeavours to ensure that the data in the courses is accurate and to correct any errors or omissions as soon as practicable after being notified of them. To the extent permitted by applicable law, we disclaim all warranties and representations (whether express or implied) as to the accuracy of any information contained in the courses. We do not guarantee that the material will be fault free and do not accept liability for any errors or omissions.

We do not give any warranty that the website is free from viruses or anything else, which may have a harmful effect on any technology. INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD makes no representation whatsoever regarding the content of any other websites, which you may access from the courses. A link to a non-INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD website does not mean that INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content or use of such websites.


Once you have booked onto an eLearning course you have up to 14 days from the purchase date to cancel your booking and receive a full refund provided that the eLearning has not been accessed. After the 14 days, or if the eLearning has been accessed you will not be entitled to any refund, nor will you be able to transfer your eLearning to another person or onto another eLearning course.


You should register for online purchasing after clicking the 'buy now' link. You will use your email address and password to gain access to your courses.

Your login details are the methods used by us to identify you and so are very important. Any information regarding someone using your password details should be advised to the INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD office immediately.

PAM ELearning Course

For PAM training each trainee will be required to use a PC computer. Please note that MAC computers tablets and mobile phones are not  suitable for the PAM course. The course material and practical exercises will assume that you have a PC and the commands will be written for PCs using windows.

Certificates and Registration (if applicable)

On completion of a course, a certificate will be issued. If the course is an accredited course the trainee's contact details will be sent to the accrediting body (if applicable) to register that they have completed the training as this is required for their databases.  Trainee details will not be used for any other purpose.

Identity and Misuse

INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD holds no responsibility for misuse of identity when registering for our eLearning courses. The name given on registration will be the name on the certificate of completion and it is assumed that the person, whose identity this is, has completed the training course.  Any employer who purchases these courses for their staff will hold the responsibility for ensuring that there is no breach of identity.

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Modifications to Terms and Conditions

We may modify these terms and conditions at any time by publishing the modified terms and conditions on the website.

Updates by Regulators

INTELLIGENT OCEAN LTD cannot be held responsible for any government regulator upgrading training requirements in the future which will result in personnel having to attend further training to upgrade their current certificate.