Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) offers Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)-accredited training courses for Marine Mammal Observers (MMO). JNCC-certified MMOs comply with UK regulations to minimise the risk of injury and disturbance to marine mammals from piling, geophysical surveys, and explosives. In addition, OSC offers Protected Species Observer (PSO) training for work in USA waters.
OSC is also certified to run New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC)-accredited training courses for MMO and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM). DOC-accreditation is consistent with standards in the ‘2013 code of conduct for minimising acoustic disturbance to marine mammals from seismic survey operations’ (the Code). The knowledge, skills and experience derived from the PAM element of the DOC-approved course is also applicable worldwide, rendering trained PAM-course graduates the ability to work as PAM Operators internationally.
The JNCC guidelines and New Zealand Code are regarded widely as international best practice, particularly concerning the establishment of observer training and performance standards. OSC’s JNCC-approved MMO course includes lectures, discussion, and practical elements in an intensive one-day training course. OSC’s MMO & PAM courses involve responsive personal (including one-to-one) tuition throughout, hands-on experience with state-of-the-art PAM equipment during classroom theory and practical sessions, and field practice aboard a survey vessel at sea (weather dependent).
OSC’s course instructors are highly experienced practiced MMOs and PAM Operators. OSC’s ‘Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook’ supplements the manual for the course.
Please note that these are not simply ‘attend-and-pass courses’. In accordance with JNCC and DOC’s requirements, successful candidates must pass an exam, although we will provide further reassessment procedures for those initially scoring less than the pass rate.
OSC’s next JNCC-approved MMO training course is planned for 25 January 2022 in Dunbar, Scotland, UK, for £220 per person (requires 5+ course attendees). This cost includes provision of a copy of the ‘Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook‘ for each participant.
A PSO course is planned for the morning of 26 January 2022 in Dunbar, for £100 per person (requires 5+ course attendees and MMO course is prerequisite).
PAM training is planned for 26-28 January 2022 in Dunbar, for £450 per person. This course will involve practical components on use of PAM systems that will either be held between OSC’s warehouse facilities and vessel Orca (weather dependent and requires 8+ course attendees).
Courses are intended to be held in person (face-to-face), and all participants will be required to provide proof of negative lateral flow test within the previous 48 hours, and ideally COVID-19 vaccination status prior to attending.
All courses are capped at a maximum of 10 participants. Prices are exclusive of VAT, which is charged at the current rate. We offer courses at a reduced rate of £700 should participants attend all three (MMO, PSO, and PAM).
Potential candidates and/or firms unable to attend/send delegates to these courses are welcome to suggest alternative venues and dates anywhere in the world, which will be organised if sufficient interest is generated. Please email email@example.com with suggestions.
‘For me, the training was really informative. Although I’m a marine scientist, I’ve never actually worked with marine mammals and running through the JNCC guidelines was very helpful to understand the MMO role, which gave me a better understanding of what to expect onboard and how to operate as an MMO offshore. I also just want to say that Sophie was an amazing instructor and delivered all the information in a clear and concise manner. Thank you so much, I learned a lot and feel ready and confident to act as an MMO on vessels.’ – Patrícia
‘Sophie was a great instructor and delivered all the information in a clear and professional manner. Thanks so much for a great course!’ – Harriet
‘There was a lot of information packed into the course, and I really enjoyed the day. I found some parts to be more of a recap, as I have previously covered them (e.g. marine mammal classification), however I’m sure these parts would be really useful for a wider audience, and ensure that people wouldn’t need any prerequisites to attend. I found that running through the JNCC guidelines, and also the various operations types, was most useful, as this helped to put the MMO role into context, and gave me a better understanding of what I will actually be doing on a day-to-day basis offshore. Sophie a great instructor, very clear and thorough explanations!’ – Katie
If you are already a certified MMO/PAM operator and would like to work with OSC, or have worked with us previously, please create an account here to provide us with your contact details and offshore documents. Please ensure you keep your documents and contact details up to date. If you have questions, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.