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Obtaining PSO certification is not a guarantee of finding work as a PSO.   All materials in the MPSC training course and website are protected under copyright, and may not be reproduced without prior written consent from the company.
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.  The following materials are supplied and included in the nonrefundable course fee for online courses. 

• Various regulatory documents
• Large whale identification charts showing blows, surface profiles, and flukes
• Sea turtle reference chart showing head shape, scute numbers, etc.
• Career guidance on applying for PSO positions

Students should also obtain suitable marine mammal and sea turtle reference guides.  The following guides are recommended.

• Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World 
• Sea Turtles of the Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico, a Folding Guide by B. & D. Witherington 
Please contact Angela Bostwick at ABostwick@PSOCertifications.com or 832.523.2402 with any questions.
Online PSO Certification Course 
December 4-5, 2021
This course examines the regulations required to reduce impacts to marine mammals, sea turtles, and other protected species. We will also discuss how to locate and identify protected species at sea using diagnostic traits and behaviors for the animals.  As we'll discuss in class, unbiased data collection and ethical reporting requirements are also important components to effectively working as a PSO.  The course discussion on life at sea as a PSO will also provide you with knowledge from experienced observers on how best to pack, live, and work offshore in various settings ranging from small to large vessels.  To register interest for this course, or to be notified of other upcoming courses, please contact us by clicking the registration button below.