Human Element in Shipping & Competencies Matrix

The STCW, MLC 2006 Conventions and other relative to Human Element IMO circulars have as “target” the Human Element on board. In addition ISM and ISPS codes, provide some additional training and qualification requirements for some key personnel ashore like Designated Persons and Company Security Officers.


Expand your knowledge on the Human Element in Shipping and Implement the proposed “Competencies Matrix” on board and ashore.


As per IMO definition human element is a complex issue that affects maritime safety, security and marine environmental protection and is published by the relevant Resolution A.947(23): Human Element Vision, Principles and Goals for the organisation including Vision and Goals. Training and qualified personnel are very important factors for the safe and secure management and operation of ships, while the competencies of each person involved, need to be continuously evaluated and analysed. This course describes the main Human Element issues for the persons onboard and ashore that must be considered so that trainees can be able, using the gained input, to implement the last part of the course which is the “Competencies Matrix”.


Aims & Objectives
  • To significantly enhance maritime safety and the quality of the marine environment by addressing human element issues to improve performance
  • To be able to decide the methods used and requirements for the selection of the personnel on board and ashore
  • To have in place a structured approach for the proper consideration of human element issues for use in the development of regulations and guidelines by all committees and sub-committees
  • To conduct a comprehensive review of selected existing IMO instruments from the human element perspective
  • To promote and communicate, through human element principles, a maritime safety culture and heightened marine environment awareness
  • To provide a framework to encourage the development of non-regulatory solutions and their assessment based upon human element principles
  • To have in place a system to discover and to disseminate to maritime interests studies, research and other relevant information on the human element, including findings from marine and non-marine incident investigations
  • To provide material to educate seafarers so as to increase their knowledge and awareness of the impact of human element issues on safe ship operations, to help them do the right thing


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will be able to:

  • Implement a system for your company for proper use the human element
  • Evaluate the competencies of your personnel onboard and ashore


Who should attend?
  • Crew Managers
  • Operation Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Designated Persons
  • Crew Department assistants including crew (officers and seafarers)
  • Responsible for training personnel and officers
  • Personnel involved in matters of recruitment of qualified and competent personnel


Prerequisite skills & knowledge: Basic knowledge on STCW 2010, ISM, ISPS, MLC 2006


Relative Conventions and Codes: STCW 2010, MLC 2006, Marpol and , ISM, ISPS codes


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 - Accredited by Univab



Human Element In Shipping & Competencies Matrix Part 1
Human Resources in Shipping
  • Human Resources In Shipping
  • Requirements of Seafarers
  • Human Factors
  • The Human Element and Errors
  • Maritime Ergonomics
  • Safety Culture and Safety Culture Maturity Models
  • Safety Culture Levels
  • Just Culture Steps
  • Do’s and Dont’s
Human behavior in the Maritime Industry
  • Human Behavior in the Maritime Industry – Overview
  • Events and Causal Factors (ECF)
  • Perception of the Individual, Risks, Decisions, Mistakes
  • Fatigue & Stress
  • Learn and Develop
  • Communication & Communication Template
Human Element & Regulations
  • IMO and the Human Element
  • International Measures Related to the Human Element
  • Training, Certification, Capacity Building
  • Addressing the human element through regulation


Human Element In Shipping & Competencies Matrix Part 2
High Level Considerations
  • Human Resources Considerations
  • Personnel, Manning, Training
  • General Considerations
  • Habitability, Maneuverability, Workability
  • Maintainability, Controllability, Survivability
  • Occupational Health and Safety - System
  • Considerations Summing up
Competence, Usability, Actions
  • Competence Definition
  • Usability Definition
  • What to do
Human Centered System
  • A Human – Centered Approach
  • Benefits
  • Principles & Stages
  • Use of Product & User requirements
  • Development Solutions/Proposals/Evaluation
  • Teamwork
  • Recruitment – Selection – Retention
  • Management & Human Element Policy
Best Practice and Human Element Gap Analysis
  • Best Practice
  • Management Commitment to the Human Element
  • Key Performance Indicators Guidance
  • Continuous Improvement Cycle
  • Human Element Capability Profile
Competencies Matrix for involved personnel
  • Regulation, Administration & Management
  • Design, Build, Maintain
  • Maritime education and training (MET)
  • Finance, Insurance, Chartering & Brokering
  • Health, Safety, Security, Environmental, Quality (HSSEQ)
  • HR Director, HR Manager, Personnel Officer
  • Operations
  • Surveyors & Inspectors
  • Technical


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on Competencies & Human Element in Shipping
  • “Competencies & Human Element in Shipping” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of slides: 211


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 25
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 25
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 0.8


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on Competencies & Human Element in Shipping





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



   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English

170,00 € each

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