JNCC MMO Classroom Course

Please note that Intelligent Ocean is offering this JNCC MMO course as an eLearning distance course.

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Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) Mitigation Training

£150 per person – now as an eLearning Distance Course

JNCC Approved Trainer: Alison Gill BSc, MSc

Course Dates:

Intelligent Ocean has suspended all classroom courses due to the Coronavirus Crisis and offer eLearning instead.
The information below is just for future reference when classroom courses return.

Course Details

This Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) registered course is required for you to work as a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) in UK Continental Shelf waters during offshore projects such as seismic surveys, pile-driving for offshore wind farms and decommissioning projects involving the use of explosives.

* Please note that you only need to attend a one day training course to receive a JNCC MMO certificate as approved by the JNCC.
Persons likely to win contracts working as MMOs are those which have additional biological or environmental qualifications and/or have experience of working at sea. To work as an MMO in some areas of the UK where marine mammals are more abundant you will be required to have experience of working with marine mammals whether this is formally as a researcher or through voluntary work.
Although we do not vet people attending our courses we would expect that persons wishing to work as MMOs to already have this experience or will endeavour to do so after this course. Alternatively you may be personnel from the offshore industry sector who may like to attend a one day course in order to gain more knowledge of marine mammal observation during offshore operations.

Course Content

The course contents are as follows:
  • Introduction to the biology and sensory world of marine mammals.
  • Potential impacts of man-made noise on marine mammals.
  • Discussion on the basis for current legislation in place for the UK to protect marine mammals during industry operations and the organisations involved.
  • Industry operations that have the potential to cause injury or disturbance, outlining the operational procedures of each one.
  • An in-depth explanation of the mitigation measures proposed for each project.
  • MMO mitigation data forms and report compilation.
  • Marine mammal identification – how to visually spot and identify animals in the field.
  • Marine mammal survey techniques and range estimation.
  • Introduction to passive acoustic monitoring.
  • Life onboard vessels or platforms as an MMO – expected conduct of working with industry personnel.
  • Employment opportunities for MMOs. Expected qualifications and experience.
  • Interactive course assessments with a pass mark of at least 85% required.


Course Location:

Globe Hotel

Classes will be held in the town of Kings Lynn in Norfolk at the Globe Hotel.

The Globe Hotel is on the corner of Tuesday Market Place in the centre of town.  Address is: The Globe Hotel, King Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. PE30 1EZ.

Click  here for Globe Hotel Website

Click here for a map of the Globe Hotel’s location.


Kings Lynn  has several hotels and guest houses. Please note there are no hostels in Kings Lynn.

Please note that the Globe Hotel (which is a common choice of accommodation for our trainees) has a disco in its bar every Friday and Saturday night. If the courses coincide with the need to book accommodation on these nights please do consider if this noise will be unsuitable for you.


Kings Lynn is on the train line from London Kings Cross Station with a regular hourly service. There is also a good train service from London Stansted Airport (with just one change).

Car Parking

Please note there are no car parking facilities at the Globe Hotel. There are several public car parks in the town within walking distance.

Please click here for a map of car parks in Kings Lynn town centre. The long stay car parks are the cheapest.  For tariffs of these car parks – follow this link to the Kings Lynn’s Council Website.

Please note the cost of these vary and that some have restricted times you can stay.  The car park outside the Globe Hotel (number 1 on map) for example is very expensive and has restricted times.

Please factor in enough travel time to find an appropriate car park elsewhere.

A private car park we recommend is shown on the car park map with a red cross. This car park, whose entrance is on Church Street, always has spaces and is reasonably priced for a whole day. Alternatively we suggest the long stay car parks A, D, E or F (see map).

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Intelligent Ocean's Marine Mammal Observer Training Courses are 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)