[MARMAM] Ocean Science Consulting NZ DOC-approved MMO & PAM training course

OSC NZ Course Coordinator courses at osc-nz.co.nz
Wed Feb 11 06:31:48 PST 2015

Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) is running a Marine Mammal 
Observer (MMO) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) training course, 
which has been approved by the New Zealand Department of Conservation 
(DOC), as being consistent with standards in the ‘2013 code of conduct 
for minimising acoustic disturbance to marine mammals from seismic 
survey operations’ (the Code). *The knowledge, skills and experience 
derived from the PAM element of the course is also applicable worldwide, 
rendering trained PAM course graduates the ability to work as PAM 
Operators internationally*. OSC’s DOC-approved course was the first 
combined MMO and PAM training available in the world for working in NZ 
waters. The first course ran successfully in May 2014, and will be 
available to candidates again in March 2015.

The Code is regarded widely as international best practice, particularly 
concerning the establishment of observer training and performance 
standards. To meet DOC’s requirements, OSC have developed the most 
comprehensive and intensive training course on the market today. There 
is a current shortage of trained MMO and PAM Operators for New Zealand 
waters, so successful graduates will therefore have a significant 
commercial advantage.

OSC’s high quality course involves responsive personal (including 
one-to-one) tuition throughout, hands-on experience with 
state-of-the-art PAM equipment during classroom theory and practical 
sessions, and field practice aboard a survey vessel at sea.

OSC is a technology-focused marine science R&D company with over a 
decade of experience in supplying commercial and scientific MMO and PAM 
services to the offshore and other marine-related industries worldwide 
(www.osc.co.uk). Based in Scotland, OSC also has a branch in New Zealand 
servicing the Asia-Pacific region (www.osc-nz.co.nz). Our course 
instructors are highly experienced and degree-level qualified 
scientists, practiced MMOs and PAM Operators, and authors of the 'Marine 
Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook’ 
(www.marinemammalobserverhandbook.co.uk), which forms the manual for the 

OSC’s knowledge and expertise is second-to-none, so this course is the 
obvious choice for anyone wishing to train and prepare as a competent 
MMO and PAM Operator to work in the field anywhere in the world (please 
note additional local qualifications and experience may be required).

The next course will be run in New Plymouth, New Zealand, for eight days 
from 23–30 March 2015.

All candidates must have their own equipment, including reticle 
binoculars, handheld GPS, ID guide, and a laptop preloaded with NZ data 
forms, software required for your GPS, and PAMGuard.

*To register for the course, please send your CV and a brief description 
of why you want to attend this course to courses at osc-nz.co.nz. The 
deadline for applications is 27 February 2015.*

Upon acceptance to the course, there are two payment methods available:

1) A non-refundable and one-off full-course payment of $4,650NZD per 
candidate can be paid immediately, or no later than three weeks before 
the course start date (i.e. on or before 2 February 2015); or,
2) A non-refundable deposit of $550NZD paid immediately, plus a further 
$4,650NZD paid in full after 2 February and before the course start date 
(i.e. a total payment of $5200NZD will apply for late registrations).

The deposit or full payment is required to secure your position. Course 
costs do not include accommodation or food, and candidates are required 
to make their own travel arrangements to and from New Plymouth. Once 
payment has been received, each candidate will receive an author-signed 
pre-release copy of the 'Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic 
Monitoring Handbook’, which must be read prior to attending the course.

Please note that this is not simply an ‘attend-and-pass course’. In 
accordance with DOC’s requirements, successful candidates must achieve 
‘results of 75% and above’, although we will provide further 
reassessment procedures for those initially scoring less than 75%. This 
high pass mark is a key selling point for successful candidates; 
furthermore, for candidates who preform exceptionally, OSC may have 
opportunities for employment and/or scientific research 

We look forward to seeing you on our course soon.

MMO & PAM Course Coordinator
PO Box 106767
Auckland City 1143
New Zealand
T: +64 9 927 7614
W: www.osc-nz.co.nz

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