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Vessel & Facility Personnel With Security Duties (VFPSD) | SMS | Lafayette, LA

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  • Prerequisites
    This course is intended for seafarers employed or engaged onboard a vessel as part of the ship’s complement with designated security duties.
  • Student Min/Max 1/24
  • Availability Select a day and time to determine how many seats remain.

Course Information

  • Additional Schedule Details
    Enrollment: All students must produce the following prior to the onset of training - Valid (photographic) government identification. Registration begins at 7 AM.  The course ends at 4 PM CST.

    Attendance Requirements: Daily attendance and 100% participation in each module is required to obtain this certification.

    Location: Only offered at our Lafayette location.
  • Course duration 8 Hours
  • Course Summary

    Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties is a one-day course fully approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to meet all international and domestic requirements for VPDSD training in accordance with Section A-VI/6 and Table A-VI/6 of STCW Code 2010 as amended, the Marine Transportation Security Act of 2002, and Chap XI-2 of SOLAS 74. This course is intended for seafarers employed or engaged onboard a vessel as part of the ship’s complement with designated security duties. This course is API Accredited.

  • Target Audience
    offshore & onshore employees
  • Theory Learning Objectives
    The Vessel/Facility Personnel with Security Duties (VFPSD) course is an instructor-led course and will cover the following:

    -    Knowledge of current security threats and patterns
    -    Recognition and detection of dangerous substances and devices
    -    Recognition of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
    -    Techniques used to circumvent security measures
    -    Crowd management and control techniques
    -    Security-related communications
    -    Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans
    -    Operation of security equipment and systems
    -    Testing, calibration, and maintenance of security equipment and systems, both ashore and at sea
    -    Inspection, control, and monitoring techniques
    -    Relevant provisions of the Vessel/Facility Security Plan (FSP)
    -    Methods of physical screening of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and vessel stores
    -    The meaning and the consequential requirements of the different MARSEC Levels
    -    Familiarity with all relevant aspects of the TWIC program and how to carry them out

  • Practical Learning Objectives None
  • Certification Details

    Written Exam: A minimum written test score of 70% is required to pass. Students that fail the test will undergo remediation and are allowed one retest. A second failure requires repeating the course before they may retest again.

  • Validity Period Every 5 years.
  • Accreditation or Standard
    • Allowed USCG
        • Cancellation Policy Cancellation fees apply if cancelled within 7 days of the course start date . The amount retained will equal 100 percent of the transaction. Any refund requests after this period are to be requested from the trainer. If approved by the trainer, remittance of refunds will be handled by the trainer outside of our site.For more details read our Refund Policy

        Site Information

        • Training Environment
          • Allowed Classroom
        • Services and Amenities
          • Allowed ADA Accessiblity
          • Allowed Restrooms
          • Allowed Emailed Certificates
          • Allowed Printed Course Materials
          • Location
            2916 North University Avenue, Lafayette, LA, USA

          Other Notes

          • Items to Bring
            Please bring a government-issued ID.
          • Health and Safety Considerations
            *Safety First: Safety Management Systems (SMS) regards your safety first and suggests the following: Candidates that are concerned with participating in practical exercises due to current or pre-existing medical conditions should consult their primary care provider prior to the onset of the training program as to the nature and extent of the training.

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          Protecting lives and changing cultures since 2003

          Our goal is to ensure that everyone in the energy industry has a safe work environment and the knowledge to perform their duties safely. 

          We know your workers are more than the tasks they perform; they are people with homes, families, and stories. Just as you desire to see each of your employees return home to their families safely, SMS aspires to provide a variety of safety services that help ensure that’s possible. Our responsibility to safety in the energy industry is attained by working together and promoting a safety culture.

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          $250 Per Student

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