ISM Implementer


This course has been designed by ISM experts to meet with the criteria of the IMO Guidelines contained in Latest ISM code edition, but it has also been developed with much practical knowledge of both the shipping industry and the legal issues that surround the roles and responsibilities of the DPA and company/vessel personnel in order the trainee to be able to implement ISM Code properly within a shipping company.


The aim of the course is to provide knowledge, understanding and proficiency necessary to understand ISM code, to provide training for ISM Implementers so that they can implement properly ISM Code


Become proficient as ISM Implementer by participating this 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 circulars and guidance provided in the Latest ISM Code edition.
  • Deliver the training necessary for the implementation, application and maintenance of a company’s Safety Management Code.


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will be able to:

  • Have an extended knowledge and understanding of 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 of DPA, as well as other potential difficulties
  • Understand the responsibilities coming from MSC-MEPC.7/Circ.8 for the Operational Implementation of ISM Code by Companies.
  • Understand the responsibilities coming from MSC.428(98) for the Cyber Risks Management by Companies
  • Can untertake 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 ISM Implementer that you are capable to undertake the necessary task and implement properly ISM Code.
  • 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
  • Understand the related requirements included STCW 2010 and MLC 2006 for better understanding of ISM effect


Who should attend?
  • Personnel involved in Safety Management Systems Implementation
  • DPAs & Assistant DPAs
  • Marine Consultants
  • Anyone who seeks to Implement ISM Code


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 to receive ISM Implementer certification we recommend to have: a) 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 b) 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 c) Other formal education combined with not less than three years practical senior level experience in ship management operations.


Relative Conventions, Codes and Standards: SOLAS 74 AS AMENDED CHAPTER IX- ISM Code 2018, STCW 2010, Marpol, MLC 2006


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


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


Course contents
ISM Implementer:

0. Introduction

  • What is ISM (before/now) / The ISM Code History
  • ISM in Solas
  • Other Conventions and ISM
1. General
  • 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 SMS
    • ISM & other Statutory Certificates

2. Safety and Enviromental Protection Policy

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

3. Company Responsibilities and Authoriy

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

4. Designated Person Ashore

  • 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?
  • DPA Appointment
  • What a DPA needs to become also Internal Auditor

5. Master's Responsibility and Authority

  • Master’s Responsibility & Authority Requirements
  • Master and SMS comments

6. Resourse 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

7. Shipboard Operations

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

8. Emergency Prepardness

  • 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

9. Reports and Analysis of Non - Conformities, Accidents and Hazardous Occurences

  • Reports & Analysis of NCs, Observations, Accidents and Hazardous Occurrences 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
  • Assessment of Risks and Non Conformities
  • Risk Categories
  • ALARP Triangle
  • Risk Management/Risk Control Measures

10. Maintenance of the Ship & Equipment

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

11. Documentation

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

12. Company Verification, Review & 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

13. Certification and Verification

  • Certification and Verification - Requirements
  • Comments on Requirements

14. Interim Certification

  • Interim Certification - Requirements
  • Comments on Requirements

15. Verification

  • Verification requirements
  • Verification by Administrations or Recognized Organizations (ROs)
  • Effective enforcement by Administrations with Verification
  • What Administrations should consider during verification
  • Objective Evidences from facts and Records
  • Tools for Verification/Certification
  • Certification and verification activities
  • Interim verification
  • Initial Verification
  • Annual verification of Document of Compliance
  • Intermediate verification of Safety Management Certificates
  • Renewal verification
  • Additional verification
  • Safety management audits
  • Application for audit
  • Preliminary review (Document review)
  • Preparing the audit
  • Executing the audit
  • 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
  • RO Arrangements
  • Responsibilities of the verification team & Lead Auditor
  • More Guidance for Certification / Verifications
  • Standards for Auditors
  • Standards of Competence for Auditors

16. Forms of Certificates

  • Forms & Certificates - Requirements
  • Sample Certificates
  • Sample Company Internal Audit Checklist
  • Sample Vessel Internal Audit Checklist

17. Cyber Security Implementation Plan

  • Incident Management
  • Emergency Preparation
  • Steps for cyber security plan preparation
  • Check your Cyber Security Status
  • Questions & Answers
  • Check your IT applicant
  • Proposed Procedural & Controls
  • Immediate Actions



Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISM Implementer
  • ISM Implementer Training Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of slides: 416


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 49
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)


  • CPD Points: 49
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.6


Assessment methods


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ISM Implementer Training





On 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

275,00 € each

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