MPS Announces Registration Open for Upcoming VSO/CSO/FSO and PFSO Courses

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Maritime Protective Services, Inc. (MPS) announces that it now taking registrations for its upcoming MTSA/ISPS Code courses for maritime security officers. US Government approved combined courses for Vessel Security Officers, Company Security Officers, and Facility Officers will be held in Boca Raton, Florida, at the beginning of April and June. UK Government approved Port Facility Security Officer courses are being offered in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, toward the end of each month between February and June.

One of the best courses I have attended in over 39 years of federal service!

Maritime Protective Services, Inc. (MPS) announced today that it is accepting registrations for its upcoming Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)/International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code training courses for certification as Security Officers in the maritime transportation industry. MPS' Combined Vessel/Company/Facility Security Officer (VSO/CSO/FSO) Course, which has been approved by the US Maritime Administration and the US Coast Guard, will be offered in Boca Raton, Florida, April 6-9 and June 8-11, 2010. The Company's Port Facility Security Officer Course, which has been approved by the Transportation Security Directorate of the UK Department for Transport, is being given in Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom, February 23-25, March 23-25, April 27-29, May 18-20, and June 22-24 of this year.

Both courses are based on model courses promulgated by the International Maritime Organization, the specialized agency of the United Nations for the shipping industry, and fully meet the training requirements established in the MTSA implementing regulations, or the ISPS Code, for supervisory personnel who will serve as Security Officers. They offer a blend of up-to-date threat information, effective security practices, accurate regulatory provisions, and risk-based assessment techniques, delivered through a balance of lectures, multimedia presentations, interactive activities, group exercises, and knowledge assessment. The US Combined Course also includes detailed training on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) regulations.

In regard to previously conducted classes, John Bennett, President of Maritime Protective Services, said "despite the heavy component of detailed regulations, we have had excellent feedback from our students, including comments such as 'one of the best courses I have attended in over 39 years of federal service' and 'well presented, educational and informative, and, as a bonus it was enjoyable!'"

Those who successfully complete the courses will receive a a US or UK Government approved certificate and will be awarded Continuing Education Units by the Florida Institute of Technology. The VSO portion of the Combined Course offered in the US meets the standards certification of proficiency for Ship Security Officer as set forth in the International Convention for Standards on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers of 1978.

About Maritime Protective Services, Inc.: MPS specializes in MTSA/ISPS Code training, US and international maritime security regulatory compliance consulting and customized Offshore Asset Protection Programs. The Company's MTSA and ISPS Code training courses for Maritime Security Officers have been approved and certified by agencies of the US and UK governments and, uniquely, earn attendees Continuing Education Units through its strategic alliance with Florida Institute of Technology, a university recognized worldwide for its leadership and innovation in technical education. MPS earned the coveted designation of Recognized Security Organization (RSO) under the ISPS Code from three countries (Greece, Malta, and Nigeria). MPS has been audited by Bureau Veritas, a leading classification society in the maritime industry, and has been approved and registered as a Maritime Security Consultant for the ISPS Code. Its consulting services include Maritime Security Assessments and Security Plans, Audits, Security Plan Reviews, and development and supervision of Maritime Security Drills and Exercises.

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