- 40 online course hours
- Dates: May 20 – 27
- Hours: Varied
- Fee: $200 (non-refundable)
MCERC Distance Learning Protected Species Observer (PSO) Course
Protected Species Observers (PSO) are required for industry and research where the potential to disrupt the activities of marine species must be mitigated. This course will prepare people with a background in a related science to perform the skills needed to be a qualified PSO.
The content of this program has been reviewed by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management & deemed compliant under BOEM NTL 2016-G02.
Prerequisites: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in marine biology, ecology, zoology, wildlife and fisheries, or other related science. If you are enrolled in a college or university in one of the related sciences, and would like to participate in this course, you will be awarded a course participation certificate indicating the course is complete upon graduation. You MUST have a reliable computer with a camera and a microphone (most smart phones work well!) to be able to “sit in” on classroom time and upload the assignments. Reliable internet is required.
The program fee for this session is $200.00 USD and is nonrefundable. Enrollment is open until two days before the class begins. This allows costs the program fees to remain low and available to many who wish to have this career training. Thank you for understanding!
Successful participants will:
1. Attend all classroom sessions live and with a video camera placing them in the interactive format.
2. Complete all assignments on time.
3. Learn the policy and law related to PSO work on land, vessels, and offshore platforms. This includes an understanding of mitigation during wind farm installations, seismic activities, construction, and research activities.
4. Understand the lifestyle and dynamics of being a PSO in populated and isolated locations and on board vessels.
5. Acquire the skills necessary to identify protected species of marine megafauna in their natural environment.
6. Become proficient at identifying behaviors of protected species important to predicting the potential for interacting with anthropogenic activities and identify behaviors consistent with the effects of disturbances.
7. Receive a certificate of indicating certification by MCERC for this upon successful completion of all assignments, including quizzes and a final exam.
8. Complete the photography release form on the Home Page of the Education Hub.
9. Plan to enjoy yourself! We are relaxed and create a learning environment that is safe and supportive. This is where we grow by sharing information and participating in discussion. Your input is a valuable part of this program and we will do our best to create space that you feel comfortable asking the instructors and your peers questions ahead of deploying to your first PSO assignment!
Enrollment in this course indicates that you understand this is an independent study program. There will be assignments which are a part of the curriculum and must be submitted to be considered complete.
A Student Contract is required for all MCERC programs. A copy of this contract is available for review on the Home Page in the block. Please take the time to read it carefully before proceeding to registration.