The goal of the online learning program is to provide a web-supported avenue to deliver education, training and familiarization products on an on-demand, global level.
The IAMSP operates three levels of instruction:
- Educational offerings focus on developing an understanding of the concepts underlying issues;
- Training offerings focus on the specific steps to be taken in performing tasks; and
- Familiarization offerings focus on informing individuals so that they are aware of certain issues.
The IAMSP also offers several courses that are confirmed through various kinds of testing:
Performance-based testing: for situations where the candidate must demonstrate that he or she can undertake a task or activity that requires both a knowledge of the processes to be followed and an understanding of the knowledge base to be applied. This is confirmed using an assignment that mirrors a real-world application.
Confirmation-based testing: for situations where the candidate must demonstrate that he or she possesses a knowledge of a certain domain or body of knowledge. In this case, the testing is conducted through questions derived from the presented information and for which the candidate must provide a correct response. This testing is generally done through the online testing tools to support a consistent and rigorous confirmation process.
Reinforcement-based testing that asks questions that remind the candidate of knowledge or information presented in the material.
The training levels are aligned based on what a candidate would need to demonstrate--awareness, having the knowledge or being able to apply the knowledge. Combined with the IAMSP learning management system's records, this gives our successful candidates the ability to provide the verification often needed for hiring and staffing processes.
Enhanced Learning Model: IAMSP recognizes the challenges that people face when adopting new material. The short-term interaction between candidates and educators offers limited opportunities for the course to be truly relevant to the candidates' own situations. Through the Association's ePortal, candidates pursuing training through the IAMSP have the opportunity not only to maintain contact with instructors and other candidates for a period of one year after their course (renewable), they are also kept up-to-date with any additional references, working tools or changes in material. This means that the investment in training and its lifespan is kept fresh, a better value than traditional training models.
The IAMSP model also offers a candidate-first approach to the learning experience: While some systems will have the candidate simply sit in front of the computer to absorb material, the IAMSP approach offers candidates the opportunity to interact with instructors and candidates in a manner that best adapts to the candidate's situation. This includes:
- Candidates can download presentations directly to their own media, meaning that they can be accessed by the candidate without incurring significant bandwidth costs (for those at sea or in remote areas)
- Candidates can post into the course-dedicated forum at any time for situations where direct contact with persons is not possible. This asynchronous system means that there is no need for the candidate to try to make arrangements or adjustments to their schedules
- Candidates can benefit from Wiki and similar forms of information databanks that provide research and reference materials in many of the courses
- Candidates can benefit from the ability to arrange, on an as available basis, webinars with the Association at no additional costs for those times when direct interaction with the instructor is beneficial or for more complex situations.
An efficient model: IAMSP recognizes that certification has three distinct challenges for candidates and their organizations or employers. The first is that it must be highly credible and internationally recognized to be of significant value. The IAMSP structure recognizes this and supports its members further pursuing certification with internationally-recognized professional associations. The second element is cost. Certification can be out of reach for many persons due to economic factors. The IAMSP structure is designed to assist its members in overcoming this cost without losing sight of the first goal. Finally, there is the time involved in the effort. IAMSP certification, one of the most demanding regimes, allows candidates to benefit under two regimes--meaning that the costs and time spent are of benefit under two mutually-supporting regimes and a more efficient use of precious time and resources.
Quality Assurance and Relevance: The IAMSP offers a unique opportunity for its business leaders and successful candidates. Using the ISO 17024 Requirements for Bodies Operating the Certification of Persons as a structure, business leaders can help guide the direction of the certification through a volunteer certification committee that operates under the direct authority of the President of the Association. Those members with technical knowledge have the ability to participate in the technical committee under the Chief Learning Officer. This ensures that the certification, and other courses under this regime, remain relevant and accurate.
Some of the courses currently available include the following:
Certified Maritime Security Professional (CMSP) This is the formal IAMSP certification for those seeking IAMSP endorsement of their knowledge within the Asset Protection and Security domains (maritime).
The certification consists of the five following elements:
- Security Management
- Physical Security
- Information Systems Security
- Applying Security in the Marine Domain
- Values and Ethics (Legal, Human Rights, Use of Force)
Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Preparation / Security Management (CPP Preparation course)
This course is intended to assist members in preparing for the ASIS International Certified Protection Professional (CPP) course, a security management certification recognized worldwide. The IAMSP accepts this body of knowledge as meeting the Security Management (Element 1) of the CMPS when combined with the Marine Domain Awareness Course.
Physical Security Professional (PSP) Preparation (PSP Preparation course)
This course is intended to assist members in preparing for the ASIS International Physical Security Professional course, a physical security certification recognized worldwide. The IAMSP accepts this body of knowledge as meeting the physical security (Element 2) of the CMPS when combined with the Marine Domain Awareness Course.
Computer and Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Preparation course
This course is intended to assist members in preparing for the (ISC)2 Computer and Information System Security Professional course, an information systems security certification recognized worldwide. The IAMSP accepts this body of knowledge as meeting the information systems (Element 3) of the CMPS when combined with the Marine Domain Awareness Course.
Marine Domain Applications Application of Security within the Marine Environment / Element 4 CMSP
This course builds upon the first three elements, focussing on issues arising in the application of the security doctrine within specific marine environments.
The course structure draws heavily upon the requirements outlined in the IMO model courses (IMO 3.19 through IMO 3.21 and IMO 3.23) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
Values and Ethics Element 5 CMSP.
This course provides the foundation for professional conduct within the IAMSP and is based upon four main modules:
- The Duty of Care
- Human rights
- Legal elements
- Use of Force
Each of these courses has undergone both a critical review and has been reviewed by competent legal practitioners in the domain (they are not intended as legal advice).
For a complete list of courses and specific information (including costs), please download the syllabus in pdf format that can be found here.
For media outlets a brochure can be downloaded here.
A copy of the IAMSP Certification Program can be found here
For specific information on training and certification courses please contact dstone(at)iamsponline.org and certification(at)iamsponline.org