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Maritime professional development program

We offer a maritime professional development program for mid to senior level port State control (PSC) staff from counterpart maritime safety agencies.
Shipboard inspection training

The program aims to strengthen relationships between maritime safety agencies in our region and assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge between participants. The two-week program is held each year during October and will provide participants with opportunities to:

  • meet with technical experts to learn about Australia’s approach to PSC
  • meet with participants from other international maritime organisations
  • share comparative approaches on PSC and related issues.

Due to the continued coronavirus pandemic we are not providing our training course in 2020.

Why you should train with us

We are Australia’s national maritime safety agency. We have a long history of providing PSC training to the international maritime community, particularly in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions. Our program recognises the importance of developing skills and sharing experiences to strengthen regional efforts to promote ship and seafarer safety, and protect the marine environment.

Read more about who we are.

Program structure


PSC classroom training

  • Activities of Tokyo/Indian Ocean MOU on PSC
  • Background and legal basis of PSC
  • PSC guidelines for:
    • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs)
    • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
    • Load lines
    • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
    • International safety management (ISM) code
    • Standards of training, certification and watchkeeping (STCW)
    • Maritime Labour Convention (MLC)
Participants will spend the week at an AMSA regional office to accompany AMSA surveyors on a range of ship inspections and related functions.


There is no cost for participating in the program, however participating agencies need to cover all related costs including:

  • travel to and from Australia
  • domestic travel within Australia
  • accommodation and meals.


Email for further details about the Maritime Professional Development Program, including registration.

Last updated: 21 March 2023