Environmental Officer Training Course

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Environmental Officer Training Course

Code No: 864

Guided Learning Hours:



Today, shipping companies must operate within very complex environmental legislation. Increasingly, many recognize they need environmental expertise on board their vessels. This course provides the information necessary for the candidates to become the ship's Environmental Officer.

It provides a comprehensive and understandable guide to current international law and offers practical steps in maintaining and improving day-to-day environmental performance. Upon completion, the candidate will be able to advise on best practice and assist the Master and other members of the crew on environmental issues.

The course is designed for: Officers who would be required to carry out the duties of the Environmental Officer.

Course Pre-requisites:


Course Objectives:

To help the candidate to understand the environmental issues facing shipping companies. It will explain the laws that all qualifying vessels are subject. Finally, it will prepare the candidate to proactively undertake the role of Environmental Officer.

Course Outcomes:

As a result of undertaking this course, the candidate will:

  • be aware of the environmental problems facing the world and understand how global warming and climate change threatens our very survival
  • be familiar with how shipping contributes to world pollution. How that can be minimised and the role individual seafarers can play in creating a cleaner planet
  • be familiar with the legal framework for protecting the environment agreed by the IMO, MARPOL and other Conventions and the controls applied to the Merchant Marine
  • understand the consequences of not complying: and the real risk of heavy fines and imprisonment

It aims to ensure the candidate is trained within the current legislative framework.

Content Overview: The course consists of self contained modules of learning content, module tests and a final test.


The Course consists of:

  • ten modules
  • module tests and a final test
  • portfolio of assignments (optional)
  • reference materials

The course is designed for individual self-study.


The course has optional portfolio assignments.


There are two levels of certification:

  • Level 1: A course completion certificate which is obtained by passing a supervised final test, consisting of multiple choice questions
  • Level 2: (optional) A certificate of merit which is obtained by completing and submitting an assignment to a required standard

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Approved by:
Panama Maritime Authority, International Registries INC,
Accredited by:
Nautical Institute,