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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.
The PSO Certification Course 
In this this two-day PSO Certification Course, students learn the measures that are required to reduce impacts to protected species during geological & geophysical 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, however, the examinations may be taken on the following day.  The following materials are supplied and included in the nonrefundable course fee for PSO Training. 

• 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

Attendees to PSO Training 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 
Online PSO Certification Course
February 17-18, 2024
This course examines the regulations required to reduce impacts to marine mammals, sea turtles, and other protected species.  The course will include a discussion on the types of industry operations requiring PSOs, and how PSOs survey for and identify protected species.  The course will also include discussion on the diagnostic traits and behaviors of key groups of animals, data collection, and the reporting required by regulatory agencies to document impacts.  

The PSO Training course discussion on life at sea and protected species field work includes advice from experienced observers on how to pack, live, and work in various settings.  This live discussion with experienced PSOs offers the opportunity to hear from those knowledgeable in the field about what it's really like to live and work as a protected species observer. These skills can be applied to a wide range of operations in settings such as vessels, platforms, or even certain shore-based work, such as pile driving or scientific research conducting protected species observations.  To register interest for the course, please use the button below.  We may also be contacted via email or telephone listed at the bottom of this page.