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ISPS - MLC - ISM Internal Auditor

This course objective is to develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct a full audit of an organization's Management System in the capacity of Internal Auditor dedicated for the ISPS, MLC and ISM Code. It will also give the confidence to effectively audit a Management system in accordance with internationally recognized best practice techniques.


Become a certified ISPS - MLC - ISM Internal auditor and demonstrate your commitment towards continual improvement through our ISPS - MLC - ISM Internal Auditor course.


Aims & Objectives
  • Attract and retain customers by meeting their current and future needs
  • Identify the aims and benefits of an ISM audit
  • Interpret ISPS - MLC - ISM requirements for audit application
  • Plan, conduct and follow-up auditing activities that add real value
  • Access the latest auditor techniques and identify appropriate use
  • Build stakeholder confidence by managing processes in line with the latest requirements


Learning Outcomes

A trainee successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an ISPS - MLC - ISM audit
  • Identify the purpose and benefits of a management system
  • Explain the role and the responsibilities of the Internal Auditor
  • Expand the audit principles in relation to ISPS - MLC - ISM code and the verification for certification.

Who should attend?
  • People involved in the internal audit process having already experience in the field at least 4 years
  • People who wish to become competent ISPS - MLC - ISM Internal Auditors
  • Management Representatives
  • Quality managers
  • Directors
  • Consultants
  • Designated Persons Ashore (DPAs), CSOs, MLC auditors and assistant of same
Relative conventions:
  • ISO 19011:2011 - Guidelines for auditing management systems
  • ISPS / ISM code and MLC 2006


Prerequisite skills & knowledge: Basic Knowledge of ISO standards, ISPS, MLC and ISM requirements and management systems and auditing process


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 (accredited by EOPPEP)


Part A: ISPS Code Audit, Certification & Verification (1)
  • The definitions used in SOLAS XI-2 & ISPS Code Part A & B
  • ISPS Code's Functional Requirements
  • ISPS Code, Part A Requirements – Basics
  • Responsibility of Contracting Governments - Sec.4
  • Declaration of Security (DOS) - Sec.5
  • Company Obligations - Sec.6
  • Ship Security Levels - Sec.7
  • Ship Security Assessment (SSA) - Sec.8
  • Ship Security Plan (SSP) - Sec.9
  • Ship Security Plan (SSP) – Protective Measures
  • PSC – Clear Grounds Section 9.8.1
  • Records - Sec.10
  • Verification and Certification for Ships - Sec.19
ISPS Code, Part B Requirements
  • Setting the security level (Para. 1.8)
  • Control and compliance measures (Para 4.33)
  • Obligations of the Company (Para 6)
  • On-scene Security Survey (Para 8.14)
  • Organization & performance of ship security duties (Para 9.8)
  • SSP examples for “Access Control” (Para 9.9)
  • ISPS Code, Part Requirements
  • Activities not covered by the Code (Para 9.51)
  • Drills and exercises (Para 13.5~13.8)
Guide to Maritime Security & the ISPS Code 2012 edition – Useful tables
  • Comments on the requirements
  • IMO Guidance material on Maritime Security Measures, 1986-2011
  • Useful Tables / Table a
  • Useful Tables / Table b
  • Useful Tables / Table c
  • Useful Tables / Table d
  • Useful Tables / Table e
  • Useful Tables / Table f
  • Useful Tables / Table g
  • Basic points of On-scene security survey
  • Identification of vulnerability
  • Vessel Security


Part B: ISPS Code Audit, Certification & Verification (2)
International conventions and E.U. legislation
  • International conventions and E.U. legislation
  • E.U. legislation
Security Risk Assessment Techniques related to Ship Operations
  • Generic Risk Diagram
  • Basic Risk Concept
  • Basic Risk Concept (Risk-Consequence)
  • Basic Concept (Probability)
  • Security Assessment – Steps
  • Security Assessment Mitigation Table
  • Ship security assessments including On-scene Security Surveys
  • On-Scene Security Surveys
  • Ship Security Assessments
Training, Drills & Exercises on board
Contingency Plan and Reporting of Security Incident
  • Contingency Plan
  • Reporting of Security Incident
Kinds of Ship Security Verification and validity of ISSC
  • Kinds of verification
  • Duration and Validity of certificate
Security and surveillance equipment and systems and their operational limitations
  • Ship’s Security Equipment & Systems
  • Ship’s Security – Locks & Locking
  • Ship’s Security – Seals
  • Ship’s Security – Deck Protection
  • Ship’s Security – Screening
Security threats associated with the ship/port interface
  • Cargo Handling
  • Ship’s Stores/Stowaways/Sabotage
More ISPS issues
  • ISPS Assessment & Plans
  • IMO requirements for security assessments and plans
  • Some Key Challenges
  • Generic Maritime Risk Assessment Model
  • Generic Maritime Risk Register (Guide 2014 Edition)
  • Security Assessment Principles
  • Ship Security Assessments Principles
  • Ship Security Assessments
  • IMO / ISPS Security Levels
  • Conclusion


Part C: MLC 2006
MLC Application: Inspection & Certification
  • MLC Application: Inspection Only
  • MLC 2006 – What a Surveyor checks
MLC 2006 – Title 5 Compliance & Enforcement
  • Steps to Certification
  • Type of Certificates
  • Declaration of Maritime Labor Compliance (DMLC Part I & II)
  • MLC 2006 – Interim Certification
  • MLC 2006 – going to Initial Certification
  • MLC 2006 – DMLC Part II more info
  • MLC 2006 – Initial Inspection
  • MLC 2006 – Initial Inspection Scope
  • MLC 2006 – Intermediate Inspections
  • MLC 2006 – MLC 2006 – Renewal Inspections
  • MLC 2006 – Issuance Full Term Certificate
  • Conclusion on Certification Steps
Self Assessment
  • Self Assessment General Guidance
  • Self Assessment title 1- A1.1
  • Self Assessment title 1- A1.2
  • Self Assessment Title 1 – A1.3
  • Self Assessment Title 1 – A1.4
  • Self Assessment Title 2 – A2.1
  • Self Assessment Title 2 – A2.2
  • Self Assessment Title 2 – A2.3
  • Self Assessment Title 2 – A2.4
  • Self Assessment Title 2 – A2.5
  • Self Assessment Title 2 – A2.7
  • Self Assessment Title 3 – A3.1
  • Self Assessment Title 3 – A3.2
  • Self Assessment Title 4 – A4.1
  • Self Assessment Title 4 – A4.2
  • Self Assessment Title 4 – A4.3
  • Self Assessment Title 4 – A4.5
  • Self Assessment Title 5 – A5.1.1/A5.1.5
MLC 2006 & ISM Surveys


Part D: ISM Code Audit, Certification & Verification
Company verification, review and evaluation
  • Review of Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Internal Audits Intervals Key Issues
  • Internal Audit? at which extent?
  • Internal Audit Why?
  • Internal audit before an external audit
  • What about DPA and Audits?
Certification and verification
  • Requirements for SMC, DoC
  • Comments on the requirements
Interim certification
  • ISM Code Requirements
  • Comments on the requirements
  • Audit report
  • Corrective action follow-up
  • More Company responsibilities pertaining to safety management audits
  • Responsibilities of the Organization (or Flag) performing the ISM Code certification
  • Standards of Management for the Organization performing Certification
  • Qualification Arrangements
  • Certification Procedures & Instructions
  • Responsibilities of the verification team & Lead Auditor
  • More Guidance for Certification / Verifications
  • Standards for Auditors
  • Standards of Competence for Auditors
Forms of certificates
  • Document of Compliance
  • Safety Management Certificate
  • Interim Document of Compliance
  • Interim Safety Management Certificate


Part E: Internal Auditor
  • What is an Audit?
  • Why Audit?
  • Tips to trained internal auditor
Quality Management System Audit
  • Types of Audits
  • Principles of auditing
  • Scheduled and unscheduled Audits
  • What to Audit – Technical Audit
  • Steps involved in internal audit
  • Scope of audit
  • Frequency of audit
  • Internal Audit process
Auditing tips & techniques
  • The Auditor’s Six Friends
  • Question Technique
  • Questioning Technique
  • Types of Questions in interviews
  • Competence of the person managing the audit programme
Auditor’s performance
  • Auditor’s Quality
  • The Auditors conduct
  • Auditor’s Code Conduct
  • Auditor Characteristics
  • Auditor's personal behaviour
  • Selecting the audit team members
  • Auditee’s conduct
Case Studies
  • Internal audit example


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISPS - MLC - ISM Internal Auditor
  • ISPS - MLC - ISM Internal Auditor” Certificate


Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides: 391


  • Reading lists and resources available in the presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 46
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment Duration: 90 days (starting from the date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 46
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.5


Assessment methods


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Exam on ISPS - MLC - ISM Internal Auditor





On successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’


Accreditation by EOPPEP

LiberoAssurance has been accredited as a Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 by the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).

EOPPEP is the statutory body for the development and implementation of the Hellenic Qualifications Framework (NQF) in correspondence with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). EOPPEP is the National Coordination Point for EQF in Greece (NCP).


Approved courses by the Central Greece University of Applied Sciences

LiberoAssurance in cooperation with the Central Greece University of Applied Sciences offers approved courses. All participants have the option to receive double certification from the University and LiberoAssurance Training Centre.

The University of Applied Sciences of Central Greece and LiberoGroup have agreed to develop a research project the purpose of which is education, lifelong learning and specialisation of persons, to facilitate their induction in the labour market using e-learning and traditional methods of training. The ultimate aim of this cooperation is the development of a post-graduate programme in collaboration with other Academic Institutions and Ministries.


Accreditation by IAS and E.S.Y.D

LiberoAssurance has been accredited by the Hellenic Accreditation System (E.SY.D) which has been appointed as the National Accreditation Body of Greece.

LiberoAssurance has been accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States.





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