Protected Species Observer Training
(U.S. Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico)
Instant Access eLearning Course – Cost £200
Trainer: Alison Gill BSc, MSc
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If you are an employer and wish to sign up your staff for this course, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and invoicing details.
PLEASE NOTE WE OFFER REFRESHER COURSES TO THOSE PERSONS WHO WISH TO UPDATE THEIR CURRENT PSO CERTIFICATE.
PSO REFRESHER COURSES COST GBP £100
EMAIL US FOR DETAILS SUPPORT@INTELLIGENTOCEAN.COM
Intelligent Ocean has been approved as a suitable trainer by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Management (BSEE). This course is required for you to work as a Protected Species Observer in the U.S. Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
The course programming is designed to work best on laptop and desktop computers. While you can view this course on mobile phones and tablets, we cannot guarantee that the formatting will work on these devices.
You will have 3 years access to your course with the option to renew after this for a small fee if you wish to keep this as a useful resource for future work. We will be updating course content when amendments to regulations are made and will also add new relevant information. This is not just a course but a tool for your continuing professional development.
The PSO course contents are as follows:
- Introduction to the biology and sensory world of protected species.
- Impacts of man-made noise, vessel strike, dredging, explosives, military sonar and fishing gear entanglement on protected species.
- Discussion on the basis for current legislation in place for the U.S. to protect marine species during industry, research and military operations and the organizations involved.
- Industry and military operations that have the potential to cause injury or disturbance, outlining the operational procedures of each one.
- How to source regulatory documentation.
- Feature section on the plight of North Atlantic right whales and the mitigation to protect this species.
- An in-depth explanation of mitigation principles and example mitigation measures for a range of project types (geophysical surveys, piling, explosives (introduction to the PROP program) and vessel strike avoidance).
- In-depth section on dredging operations and the role of the PSO for monitoring and collection of specific data and tissue sampling (aim as a pre-runner course to further specialised training).
- Protected species survey techniques and range estimation.
- Information books and Identification sheets.
- How to gain experience for observation of protected species.
- Detailed section on protected species identification with photographs and videos.
- Life onboard vessels or platforms as an PSO – expected conduct of working with industry personnel.
- Course assessments with a pass mark of at least 85% required.
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