ISM & Designated Person Ashore Refresh Training

This course has been designed to refresh the knowledge of the participant on the following areas:


  • ISM & DPA part is designed in accordance with the criteria of the IMO Guidelines contained in Circular MSC – MEPC.7 Circ. 6 and latest edition 2018 of ISM Code while it has also been developed based on practical knowledge of both the shipping industry and the legal issues that surround the role of the DPA.
  • Cyber Security part provides connection of ISM – ISPS in relation to risks that may arise from Cyber Security threats.

Update your knowledge and proficiency with the latest guidelines, applicable codes, standards, procedures by participating in ISM & DPA including Cyber Security refresh course offered by LiberoAssurance.


Aims & Objectives
  • Update for the new key requirements and benefits of the ISM including Cyber Security new requirements
  • Deliver updated training necessary for the application and maintenance of a company’s Safety Management System


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will:

  • Have an extended knowledge and understanding of the latest amendments of ISM including Cyber Security aspects
  • Define the resulting requirements for the company’s Safety Management System
  • Provide documentary evidence to the trainee that the trainee is capable to continue undertaking the necessary duties in relation to ISM.


Who should attend?
  • Personnel involved in Safety/Security/Crew Management Systems
  • Operation, Technical, Quality & Crew Managers
  • DPAs/CSOs/SSOs and assistants
  • Deck & Engine officers


Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
Experience in shipping and ship operations and good knowledge of the ISM Code.
Relative conventions: SOLAS 74 AS AMENDED CHAPTER IX- ISM Code, ISPS Code, STCW 2010, MLC 2006


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 – Accredited by Univab
Part A: ISM & DPA Refresh
    • What is ISM (before/now) / The ISM Code History
    • ISM in Solas
    • Role of IMO-ILO
  • Definitions
  • Objectives
    • Comments for the 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 Environmental Protection Policy
  • Policy and Management relation
3. Company Responsibilities and Authority
  • What Responsibility / What Authority?
  • How the Company should comply with the Code
4. Designated Person(s)
  • Who is DPA?
  • What DPA verifies and monitors
  • What the Company should provide to DPA
  • DPA Qualifications
  • DPA Training
  • DPA Experience
5. Master’s Responsibility and Authority
  • Master and SMS
6. 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?
  • ISM & MLC 2006
7. Shipboard Operations
  • Plans & Procedures Preparation
8. 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
9. 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
10. Emergency Preparedness
  • Maintenance planning - Areas to be included
  • Maintenance planning – Examples
  • Maintenance planning -Key Issues
  • Maintenance planning & reports
  • Maintenance planning & Critical Equipment
11. Documentation
  • Records & Verification
  • What Company should provide
12. Company’s Verification Review & 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?
13. 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 should be
  • 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
14. Certification & Verification
  • 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
15. EU & IMO Useful Regulations tables
  • EU Regulations
  • Latest from IMO


Part B: Cyber Security
1. Introduction to Maritime Cyber Security
  • What is Maritime Cyber Security?
  • IT and OT systems
  • IMO related Resolutions, Circulars and Guidelines
  • Industry Guidance on Maritime Cyber Security
2. Cyber Security Risks
  • ISM/ISPS – Identified Risks
    • Company risk assessments procedure
    • Third party risk assessments
    • Risks related to Ship-Port interface
    • Recent cyber security regulations
  • Assessment of Identified Cyber Risks
    • Identify threats
    • Identify Vulnerabilities
    • Risk Calculation
    • Risk Mitigation (corrective/preventive measures)
    • Steps for cyber security plan preparation
    • Check your Cyber Security Status
Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISM including Cyber Security Refresh training
  • “ISM & DPA Refresh training” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of pages: 294


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours:35
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)


  • CPD Points:35
  • ECTS/ECVET Points:1.2


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on ISM including Cyber Security Refresh 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

170,00 € each

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