Upcoming Courses & Events
Once you receive your PSO certification, it does not currently expire. You will receive various marine mammal and sea turtle identification guides, which will be yours to keep as part of the course cost. Seeing the animals in photos is one thing, but seeing the animals themselves is completely different when you are learning to be a PSO. Our class trips to view the animals themselves ensure that you are better prepared to identify the animals at sea, adding great value to the certification. To register and pay online for any available courses, please click the registration button below.
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Can you spot the humpback whale underwater in the photo above, and the whale "footprint?" Compare the underwater features visible to the full body of the humpback to the right. PSOs often see no more than glimpses of parts of the animals. In the PSO Certification course, students learn how to search for cues such as these, and how to identify animals with key characteristics.
The PSO Certification Course
In this this two-day course, students learn the measures that are required to reduce impacts to protected species during seismic surveys on the first day of class. The second day will cover animal identification, followed by exams on animal identification and on the regulations discussed in class. While lodging is not included, the following materials are supplied and included in the nonrefundable $750 course fee (competitive student/recent graduate, group, military/veteran and nonprofit discounts available).
• Various regulatory documents, including BOEM NTLs 2016-G02, 2016-G01
• Large whale identification charts showing blows, surface profiles, and flukes
• Sea turtle reference chart showing head shape, scute numbers, etc.
• Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World
• Sea Turtles of the Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico, a Folding Guide by B. & D. Witherington
• Career guidance on applying for PSO positions
Marine Protected Species Consulting is based in Houston, Texas. The training course may also be offered at various locations throughout the country or internationally. Please contact Angela Bostwick at ABostwick@PSOCertifications.com or 832.523.2402 with any questions. Student/recent college graduate, group, and military/veteran discounts are available.
Protected Species Observer Training
September 28-29, 2019
The course meets in Galveston, TX just south of Houston and will include a private tour of the TAMUG Sea Life Facility, a marine research and sea turtle rehabilitation facility. This course will also include a private vessel trip, which will provide opportunity to practice the monitoring and identification methods we discuss in class. We'll discuss the measures required to reduce impacts on protected species, some tricks of the trade in locating and identifying marine mammals and sea turtles, identifying characteristics of the different protected species, and life offshore.
Protected Species Observer Training
Pacific Northwest: Newport, Oregon
October 5-6, 2019
The course meets in Newport, Oregon and will include admission to the Oregon Coast Aquarium (where the course will take place), and a vessel trip, which will provide opportunity to practice the monitoring and identification methods we discuss in class. As with all our vessel trips, cameras and binoculars will be provided for use onboard the vessel, however, you are also welcome to use your own, if you have them. We'll also have a special guest speaker from NMFS talk to the class about life as an observer, and the different types of observer jobs out there!