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Safety Officer Training Course

This course is intended for maritime officers who have to carry out the role of Safety Officer onboard. Its aims are to ensure that the user is trained within the current legislative framework and to provide a record of this training. The course can be used onboard ship or ashore and is designed for individual self-study.

Course Contents

The course contains 14 modules, test assessments, a set of project files, and a reference library. The modules are:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1 - Ism Code Outline
  • Module 2 - Ism Code Procedures And People
  • Module 3 - Ism Code Your Role As The Safety Officer
  • Module 4 - Ism Code The Safety Committee
  • Module 5 - Shipboard Familiarisation Under Stcw
  • Module 6 - Safety Training
  • Module 7 - Creating A Safety Culture
  • Module 8 - What Is Risk Assessment?
  • Module 9 - How To Apply Risk Assessment
  • Module 10 - Safety Inspections
  • Module 11 - Permit To Work Systems
  • Module 12 - Accident Investigation
  • Module 13 - Emergency Procedures 1(Solas)
  • Module 14 - Emergency Procedures 2(Drills)

Reference Library

The reference library lists other useful sources of information, such as relevant videos and helpful documents and websites.

Module and Final Test

The Modules are delivered by audio narration, video clips and interactive exercises. Each Module takes about 30 minutes to complete. At the end of each module there is a test to assess knowledge of the material within the module. There is also a final test comprising of a random sample of all module questions.

Additional Projects

Candidates working towards the accredited Advanced course certificate will also need to complete a set of twelve projects which require the user to apply the knowledge they have just acquired within the context of their ship's operations. These can be downloaded from the online course in Microsoft Word format and be completed offline. Once completed these should be returned by post to Videotel along with the rest of the candidate's portfolio. This maintains integrity of the course and retains the authenticity required for the Nautical Institute's accreditation.


A candidate who would like to gain a certificate must first enrol with Videotel. The candidate will need to submit all the necessary documentation and meet the minimum criteria in assessment.

Standard Level Certification

At this level, assessment is based on the Modular Test and the Final Test.
A certificate will be issued by Videotel for such work if it is of the required standard and the Final Test is authenticated*.

Advanced Level Certification

At this level the candidate must include authenticated hard copies of project work (see additional projects) on the modules. The portfolio of this work is to be submitted to Videotel and it will be assessed by approved Assessors. On meeting the required pass criteria, an accredited course certificate will be issued to the candidate.

Make sure that you contact Videotel at the outset to find out the enrolment and certification process by e-mail to courses@videotel.com


*For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at www.videotel.com