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Incident Investigation Analysis & Reporting

Course Overview

This course is intended for all ships' officers responsible for investigating, analysing and reporting on incidents which occur on board their ships. The course is designed for individual self-study Those who work through the programme will:

  • Understand what an incident is and know how to apply a systematic, approach to investigation, analysis and reporting.
  • Be able to recognise and collect the different types of evidence — verbal and written, fact and opinion needed for incident investigation.
  • In particular, understand how to prepare and conduct effective interviews to collect evidence.
  • Be able to organise the evidence they collect efficiently.
  • Be capable of analysing the information they collect, so that they identify not only the immediate causes of an incident but also the underlying causes which made the incident more likely to occur.
  • Be able to write clear, accurate, informative reports on incidents which arise on their ships and recognise how to take and follow-up the necessary action to prevent similar incidents in future.

Course Contents

The course contains:

  • 7 Modules each with a test
  • Final Test
  • An assignment
  • Resource files to assist your understanding of the course

The 7 Modules are:

  • Module 1 - Setting the scene
  • Module 2 - Beginning the investigation
  • Module 3 - Planning the investigation: Collecting and preserving evidence
  • Module 4 - Interviewing witnesses: the principles
  • Module 5 - Conducting the interview
  • Module 6 - Organising and analysing the evidence
  • Module 7 - Writing the report and Taking Action

The seven Modules cover a systematic, step by step approach. For this reason we strongly recommend you work your way through them in numerical order, particularly if you are relatively new to this subject. However, it is possible to access the Modules in any order you choose. You will find this feature helpful if, for example, what you need is a recap on how to use interviews to collect evidence.

Taking a module test will indicate that you have completed the module and you can check your progress through the course by clicking the 'Resource files' button and choosing 'Progress'.

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.


Candidates working towards the accredited Advanced course certificate will also need to complete a set of assignments 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 and be completed offline.


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

Standard Level Certification

At this level, assessment is based on the Final Test.

Advanced Level Certification

At this level the candidate must include authenticated hard copies of the assignment.


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