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International Safety Management Code and Designated Person Ashore

This course has been designed by ISM experts to meet with the criteria of the IMO Guidelines contained in Circular MSC – MEPC.7 Circ. 6 (19 October 2007), but it has also been developed with much practical knowledge of both the shipping industry and the legal issues that surround the role of the DPA.


Become proficient in ISM Code matters, guidelines, applicable codes, standards, procedures by participating in ISM & Designated Person Ashore course offered by LiberoAssurance.


The aim of the course is to provide knowledge, understanding and proficiency necessary to understand ISM code and also to provide training for all DPAs (and those preparing to become DPAs) so that they can fully understand their responsibilities and roles of this important position with respect to full compliance with the ISM Code.




Aims & Objectives
  • Identify the key requirements and benefits of the ISM Code
  • Gain the knowledge and skills required in accordance with the guidance and recommendation given by the IMO MSC-MEPC.7/circ.6
  • Deliver the training necessary for the application and maintenance of a company’s Safety Management Code.


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will:

  • Have an extended knowledge and understanding of the ISM Code
  • Understand the background and objectives of the Code
  • Gain knowledge on the applicable codes, guidelines and standards as appropriate and the relevant mandatory rules and regulations
  • Define the resulting requirements for the company’s SMS
  • Understand the responsibilities and authority of the DPA, possible legal exposure, as well as other potential difficulties
  • Take the duties of a DPA as defined in IMO MSC – MEPC.7 Circ. 6 provided you are qualified according to this circular
  • Provide documentary evidence as a DPA proving that you are capable to undertake the necessary duties.
  • Understand the assessment techniques of examining, questioning, evaluating and reporting
  • Have guidance for participation in a marine-related management system audit.
  • Have adequate knowledge of shipping and shipboard operations.
  • Apply the technical and operational aspects of their Safety Management System.
  • Carry out effective communications with shipboard staff and senior management.
  • Know the related requirements included STCW 2010 and MLC 2006 for better understanding of ISM effect.


Who should attend?
  • Shipping Companies
  • Personnel involved in Safety Management Systems
  • Superintendents
  • Quality Managers
  • DPAs
  • Assistant DPAs
  • Deck & Engine officers
  • Anyone who seeks a DPA position


Relative Conventions: SOLAS 74 AS AMENDED CHAPTER IX- ISM Code, STCW 2010, Marpol, MLC 2006


Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
1. Non DPAs trainees

Experience in shipping and ship operations and good knowledge of the ISM Code. Knowledge of MLC, STCW, and Marpol should also be very useful.

2. Persons intended for DPA certification
  1. Qualifications from a tertiary institution recognized by the Administration or by the recognized organization, within a relevant field of management, engineering or physical science, OR
  2. Qualifications and seagoing experience as a certified ship officer pursuant to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, OR
  3. Other formal education combined with not less than three years practical senior level experience in ship management operations.


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 - Accredited by Greek Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs      Accreditation No. 2101338


Part A: General
  • Definitions
  • Objectives
  • Application
  • Functional requirements for a safety management system (SMS)
Safety and environmental protection policy
  • Policy and Management relation
Company responsibilities and authority
  • What Responsibility / What Authority?
  • How the Company should comply with the Code
Part B: DPA – Personnel – Shipboard operations
Designated person(s)
  • Who is DPA?
  • What DPA verifies and monitors
  • What the Company should provide to DPA
  • DPA Qualifications
  • DPA Training
  • DPA Experience
Master's responsibility and authority
  • Master and SMS
Resources and personnel
  • Qualifications, Training & Experience for Crew and Persons Ashore
  • Working Language in SMS
  • ISM Chapter 6 & STCW
  • STCW Compliance
  • New STCW requirement for Engine Room
  • New STCW requirement for Bridge
  • What is “Company” for STCW?
Shipboard operations
  • Plans & Procedures Preparation
Part C: Emergency – Non-conformities – Maintenance
Emergency preparedness
  • Comments for Emergencies
  • Comments on Near misses
  • Hazardous Situations
  • Near miss Pros & Cons
  • Near miss and Companies
  • Defining near miss
  • General examples of a near-miss
  • Barriers to reporting near-misses
  • Barriers and management initiatives
  • Near miss investigation process
  • Identifying causal factors
  • Completing the investigation – Final Report Basic Elements
Reports and analysis of non-conformities, accidents and hazardous occurrences
  • Reporting & Analysing of NCs, Observations, Accidents and Hazardous Occurrences
  • Result of Evaluation Report
  • Major Non Conformities (MNC)
  • MNC and DoC
  • MNC and SMC
  • Assessments of Risks and Non Conformities
  • The Power of the Non-Conformity
  • Risk Categories
  • Risk management: Risk Control Measures
  • How/What to Report in a NC report
  • What to Include in a Conformity Report
Part D: Maintenance – Certification – Verification
Maintenance of the ship and equipment
  • Maintenance planning – Areas to be included
  • Maintenance planning – Examples
  • Maintenance planning – Key Issues
  • Maintenance planning & reports
  • Maintenance planning & Critical Equipment
  • Records & Verification
  • What Company should provided
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
  • Requirements for DoC
Interim certification
  • Interim DoC
  • Interm SMC
Part E: Verification details – Certificate examples
  • 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


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISM & DPA Training
  • “ISM & DPA Training” Certificate


Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of slides: 268


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 32
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 32
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.1


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on ISM & DPA Training





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




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