ISM Awareness

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. 


The aim of the course is to provide all basic knowledge, understanding and proficiency necessary to understand ISM code so that they can fully understand their responsibilities and their roles for compliance with the ISM Code. 


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


Aims & Objectives
  • Provide the key requirements and benefits of the ISM Code
  • Offer 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 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?
  • Personnel involved in Safety Management Systems
  • Superintendents
  • Quality Managers
  • Assistant DPAs
  • Deck & Engine officers

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

Prerequisite skills & knowledge:

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

Available in-house/distant learning? Yes

Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1


ISM & DPA training
  • What is ISM (before/now) / The ISM Code History
  • ISM in SOLAS
  • Other Conventions and ISM


  • Definitions
  • Objectives
  • Application
    • Mandatory application of ISM Code
    • Mandatory application of ISM to be ensured
  • Functional Requirements for a Safety Management System (SMS)
    • What the SMS prepared by the Companies should include
    • Assessing compliance with the requirements of the ISM Code
    • Assessing compliance for the Administration
    • Mandatory requirements and the SMS
    • ISM & other Statutory Certificates

Safety and environmental protection policy

  • Safety and Environmental Protection Policy - Requirements
  • Policy and Management relation
  • Sample Policy

Company responsibilities and authority

  • Company Responsibilities and Authority requirements
  • What Responsibility / What Authority?
  • How the Company should comply with the Code

Designated person(s)

  • General for DPA
  • Who is DPA?
  • What DPA verifies and monitors
  • What the Company should provide to DPA
  • DPA Qualifications
  • DPA Training
  • DPA Experience
  • Does DPA needs to be insured?

Master's responsibility and authority

  • Master's Responsibility and Authority Requirements
  • Master and SMS comments

Resources and personnel

  • Resources and Personnel requirements
  • Qualifications, Training & Experience for Crew and Persons Ashore
  • Working Language in SMS
  • ISM Chapter 6 & STCW
  • STCW Compliance
  • New STCW requirement for Engine/Bridge
  • What is “Company” for STCW?
  • What is “Company” for ISM?
  • Responsibilities overview ISM & STCW
  • ISM & MLC 2006
  • MLC 2006 surveys and ISM
  • ISM - STCW - MLC comparison

Shipboard operations

  • Shipboard Operation - requirements
  • Plans & Procedures Preparation
  • Sample Content for SMM manual

Emergency preparedness

  • Emergency Preparedness requirements
  • 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

  • Reports & Analysis of NCs, Observations, Accidents and Hazardous Occurences requirements
  • Reporting & Analysing of NCs, Observations, Accidents and Hazardous Occurrences
  • Result of Evaluation Report
  • Major Non Conformities (MNC)
  • MNC and DoC
  • MNC and SMC
  • How/What to Report a NC
  • What to include in a Conformity Report
  • Assessments of Risks and Non Conformities
  • Risk Categories
  • ALARP Triangle
  • Risk management / Risk Control Measures

Maintenance of the ship and equipment

  • Maintenance of the Ship and Equipment requirements
  • Maintenance planning – Areas to be included
  • Maintenance planning – Examples
  • Maintenance planning – Key Issues
  • Maintenance planning & reports
  • Maintenance planning & Critical Equipment


  • Documentation requirements
  • Records & Verification
  • What Company should provided

Company verification, review and evaluation

  • Company Verification, Review & Evaluation requirements
  • 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?
  • Company & Ship's SMS Comparison
  • Persons Responsible for Audits

Certification and Periodical Verification

  • Certification and Verification - Requirements
  • Comments on Requirements

Interim Certification

  • Interim Certification - Requirements
  • Comments on Requirements


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISM Awareness Training

    “ISM Awareness Training” Certificate


Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of slides: 202

  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations

Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 24
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 24
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 0.8


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on ISM Awareness Training





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

175,00 € each

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