PAM eLearning

 Passive Acoustic Monitoring and PAMGUARD Software Training – Instant Access eLearning Course – Cost £150

Trainer: Alison Gill BSc, MSc

This course is recognised as an accredited continuing professional development (CPD) course by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

The course involves downloading PAM software and configuration. This PAM software will not work on any tablet or mobile phone. PAMGUARD has historically been developed for use on PC computers and the windows operating system. Therefore, the course instructions have been written for the use of a PC computer or laptop.  MAC users – we note that some people have been able to use the PAMGUARD software on their MAC computers by using additional software to allow windows programs to run on MACs. Also, PAMGUARD released a version of their software for MAC computers in August 2023 and some students have successfully used this version following the course instructions we have provided for PC computers. Please note we currently offer no support for the use of MAC computers. We suggest that you contact PAMGUARD direct for advice as to whether the new MAC version of PAMGUARD will work with your MAC computer. You can contact them on

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 eLearning Course – £150

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Course Details

This course is designed to introduce the technique of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) to Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs), researchers or any other interested parties. It also includes an exercise in configuring the industry standard PAM software – PAMGUARD.

Simply log in, read, learn and complete course assessments at your own pace. Simple design, easy to navigate pages (see example pages below). Assessments can be retaken if you don’t achieve the pass mark first time. Just restudy the course content. You set the pace of your learning.
You will have continued access to this course content for 3 years. After this time, you will have the option to renew for another 3 years for a small fee and have continued access. We will be updating the course content when regulations change and adding additional relevant material. This will be a good resource for any working professional.

This introduction is aimed at the complete beginner and will form a basic understanding in Passive Acoustic Monitoring. There is a multiple-choice assessment in the course and an exercise configuring the industry standard software PAMGUARD. On satisfactory completion a certificate will be issued.
This is a theory course and you work through the material at your own pace. You will be required to email us your PAMGUARD configuration for assessment before a certificate is issued.
Please note that to work offshore as a PAM operator additional field experience operating PAM equipment may be required. We can help you with advice to locate suitable projects.

The course contents are as follows:

  • Basic Theory of Acoustics

  • The Principle of Using Spectrograms to Visualise Sound

  • Marine Mammal Vocalisations with Example Spectrogram Videos

  • Other Ocean Noise with Example Spectrogram Videos

  • PAM Equipment Components

  • PAM Assembly and Safe Deployment

  • PAM Equipment Types (examples of existing systems)

  • PAM Software for Real Time Monitoring

  • Practical Session to Configure PAMGUARD Software


Example pages from the eLearning course

* Please note that persons likely to win contracts working as MMOs and PAM Operators are those who have additional biological or environmental qualifications and/or have experience of working at sea. To work as an MMO or PAM Operator 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, previous employment or through voluntary work.
We would expect that persons wishing to work as MMOs or PAM Operators 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 complete an eLearning course in order to gain more knowledge of marine mammal observation or PAM during offshore operations.

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

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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.

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