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New Master’s Degree / Certification Offered as Dual Award

The International Association of Maritime Security Professionals (IAMSP) and Coventry University are proud to announce that after almost one year of rigorous development, the Dual Award online Master’s Degree in Maritime Security will accept its first intake of students in December 2012. This dual award will allow the successful candidates to earn a fully accredited Master’s degree in the Maritime Security domain while also meeting the requirements associated with the Recognized Academic Fellow or Certified Academic Fellow being launched by IAMSP. This dual award program forms a clearly measurable and credible means of demonstrating both knowledge and experience for those who are undertaking, or seeking to undertake, senior positions in the Maritime Security domain.

This program combines both the educational excellence of the academic community while also benefitting from the contributions of industry leaders across the maritime security domain. As a result, those graduating from this challenging program will be at the cutting edge of global security strategies policies, as well as technological and operational issues that make the maritime security domain one of the most rewarding and challenging efforts in industry.

Allan McDougall, President of the IAMSP, sees this program as a unique and innovative opportunity for those practicing in the domain. With this program, it is possible for security practitioners to leverage their experience and operational understanding to great effect. Further to recognizing this experience as an avenue for entry, the participation of the security practitioners from within IAMSP reflects both a clear commitment on the part of the university to assist in the formation of this critical plank in establishing professional status as well as our Association’s commitment to take on the heavy lifting needed to bring real and tangible credibility to this industry.

 Capt (ret’d) Ioannis Chapsos, Research Fellow in Maritime Security at Coventry University and 1st Chair (Military) at the IAMSP, welcomes with enthusiasm the official cooperation between the two entities. This is the first agreement of this kind on a worldwide basis; it bridges the existing gap in Maritime Security studies, and reflects the required interaction between the academia and professional bodies which is critical and essential in the sensitive maritime domain.

This program challenges the motivated individual. It is broad and diverse, global in its scope and requires the candidate to explore issues and ideas. This level of effort, its unique symbiosis between the academic and practitioner communities, and its broad scope will position the successful candidates clearly at the forefront of this industry.

 

Further information can be found through the Coventry University website.

 

Second Tier Learning Platform Coming Online

    IAMSP is proud to announce the second phase of its eLearning and Distance Learning project with the establishment of the directed learning portal. While eLearning portal provides familiarization level training for those within the industry, the directed learning portal provides a forum where significantly advanced courses can be provided.

    Utilising internet-enabled technology, the platform will allow for courses that are run over several days to be coordinated and delivered around the world. These courses will include the ability to set a more detailed curriculum, integrate directed readings and research, facilitate discussions through video-conferencing, and conduct online testing. The platform is comparable to those used by community colleges and certain universities and their respective distance learning programs.

    Additionally, the system is being established to allow for the facilitated video-conferencing to be recorded, allowing for greater flexibility in recognition of those persons that may not be able to attend each and every session.

    Announcements for the first online-course offering will be made to Full, Associate, and Student members shortly. While this is currently available to members only at this time, we are currently working to expand this into the broader maritime security community.
    This is the second major gateway in our training and capacity-building project.

    The passing of this gateway provides another clear and visible commitment of the Association as the leader in the development of a truly professional maritime security community.

IAMSP Launches eLearning Platform

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    IAMSP is proud to announce the next phase of its capacity for its members and the maritime industry in general. As of 03 September 2011, codes for IAMSP full and associate members will be available upon request. These codes will give them access to the eLearning portal at no additional cost.
    As an international association with a global reach, this eLearning portal will assist IAMSP members around the world by leveraging the internet and modern technology. These programs have undergone critical review by persons considered competent or experts in the areas concerned.
    As a result, our members will be able to receive familiarization-level training on a range of topics without the disrupt of travel, time away away from work or additional costs.
    This eLearning portal will provide the first IAMSP certificate, focussing on the following elements:
  • The Duty of Care
  • The theory behind the Use of Force
  • An introduction to the structure of maritime legal issues
  • An introduction to the various Human Rights conventions applicable in the domain
  • How the above are integrated into management
    As noted in several requirements, training associated with these topics is becoming more prevalent and required by the Industry. IAMSP decided as part of its efforts to raise the standards of professionalism within the industry and its core values of providing return on investment to its members, to make these modules available as an integrated element of its full and associate memberships. Further, for those companies that had submitted to or successfully passed the vetting process, these courses will also be made available to those companies permanent employees.These courses will be made publicly availabe in the near future through an eCommerce portal.
    This series of courses was initiated based on IAMSP's commitment to professionalism within the industry. A core element of this professional conduct is adherence to the principles associated with the appropriate protection of Human Rights. As a result, these courses provide a strong basis from which the security practitioner can build a comprehensive understanding of the various elements that integrate with human rights issues.
    The eLearning Portal is available at www.elearning.iamsponline.org. Full and Associate members may request their access codes (needed for the free registration) from either the President (amcdougall (at) iamsponline.org) or Secretary-Treasurer (secretary (at) iamsponline.org).
    Each module is followed by a short quiz of randomly selected questions that, should an individual be successful in meeting the requirements to pass, will result in the individual being issued a certificate clearly that he had passed the course. This certificate will also be retained in the individual's electronic profile for the purposes of verification.
    This effort has been the result of a detailed research process and the work of several members of the IAMSP Executive and membership. This collaborative effort on behalf of the Association and the industry is a clear example of how IAMSP is unique in providing credible returns to its members and the industry in general.
      Those interested in joining IAMSP, a truly international, professionally-driven Association for the maritime industry, are invited to visit our webpage at www.iamsponline.org

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2nd Online Training Module Released

    IAMSP is pleased to announce the release of the second course in the Professional Standards Certificate. Course IAMSP-AWR-001-UOF concentrates on the Use of Force and has been vetted through contacts within the legal, civilian police and military forces as well as security practitioners operating across the Transportation Sector.
    As part of its leadership role in building capacity within the maritime security community, IAMSP offers this course (and its testing) to its full and associate members at no additional cost beyond their membership fees. This is part of the IAMSP's commitment to helping its members demonstrate that they meet the evolving requirements in ways that are clearly credible and auditable.

    For those interested in this training, we invite you to visit and browse through the website.

Trident Marine Security Operator Course Endorsed

IAMSP is pleased to announce that the Trident Training (Red Cell Limited) Marine Security Operator course has passed through the vetting and quality assurance checks to achieve endorsement by the Association. The checks that were conducted under the oversight of the President took the additional step of engaging a neutral third party for the purposes of review against the IMO Model Course 3.23 (Actions to be Taken to Prevent Piracy and Armed Robbery-2011 edition.

Additionally,the course was compared against many of the requirements associated with the recent draft of MSC 89 and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. These elements that were specifically noted were on issues associated with human rights and the use of force.

We will be providing a link to this course in the near future for those who are interested in pursuing it.

We are pleased to add this course to our growing list of training being reviewed. The procedures associated with the review process can be found published publicly on our website in order to ensure transparency.