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Shipyard Competent Person

Initial Course | In-Person 


All classes will run from 8AM to 5PM and will include a 1 hour break for lunch

Shipyard Competent Person Initial Course

January 15-17

May 28-30

October 8-10

Monday -Wednesday



Shipyard Competent Person 8-Hour Refresher Course

April 3

May 8

June 3

July 17

August 7

September 11

October 30

December 4










13475 Atalantic Blvd. Unit8-M869

Jacksonville, Florida 32225

About This Course

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will have been provided the information necessary to: - Recognize and describe various hazards in shipyard environments, including fire and explosion risks, toxic materials, and confined space dangers. - Evaluate and measure hazards using appropriate instrumentation, understanding the operation, maintenance, and calibration of safety equipment. - Implement hazard prevention, control, and elimination strategies in accordance with OSHA's 29 CFR 1915 and NFPA 306 standards. - Effectively interact with NFPA-certified Marine Chemists and fulfill the responsibilities of a competent person. - Apply practical skills in ventilation, respiratory protection, ignition source control, and fire watch requirements. - Conduct thorough recordkeeping and issue certifications as per safety and regulatory standards. - Successfully complete a practical examination, demonstrating proficiency in shipyard safety practices.

Resources and Materials

All necessary books will be provided in the classroom.


The course content is organized into three days, each focusing on critical aspects of shipyard safety: Day 1: Recognition, evaluation, and control of hazards - Understanding relevant terms, fire and explosion theory, and relevant chemistry. - Familiarity with shipboard structures, locations, systems, and toxicity of materials. - Skills in interpreting safety data sheets (SDS) and exposure guidance standards. - Practical application in controlling ignition sources, ventilation, respiratory protection, and fire watch requirements. - Initial introduction into the use of gas detection instruments and equipment. Day 2: Regulations and Standards - Relevant OSHA, NFPA, NAVSEA Standard Items, SERMC Local Standard Items, USN and USCG Requirements. - Overview of relevant regulations, interaction with Marine Chemists, and standard safety designations. - Simulation exercises and review of recordkeeping and certifications. Day 3: Instrumentation, Sampling, and Final Exam - Hands-on exercises in instrument calibration, operation, and maintenance. - Theory and practical training on the use of safety instruments for confined space testing.


To ensure the highest standards of learning and compliance, the following policies apply to this course: - Attendance: Full participation in all three days of training is mandatory to qualify for the examination. - Examination: A comprehensive examination will be conducted at the end of the course to assess the participants' understanding and application of the course material. - Training Certificate: Shall be issued upon successful completion of the course and passing the final examination. - Payment: Certificates will be issued once we recieve payment for the course.

Get Registered

Gain critical skills and certification in shipyard safety with our comprehensive 24-hour course, designed in strict adherence to OSHA standards. Register now to secure your place in this vital training program and become a key player in ensuring safety and compliance in marine operations.

Course Description

This course is meticulously structured to cover all aspects required for a designated competent person in the shipyard industry. Over the span of 24 hours divided into three 8-hour days, participants will delve into hazard description and recognition, hazard evaluation and measurement, as well as hazard prevention, control, and elimination. The curriculum is designed to address the complexities of shipyard safety, including the theoretical and practical aspects of toxic materials, fire and explosion prevention, and safe working practices in confined spaces. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on exercises, this course ensures that participants are well-prepared to undertake their responsibilities effectively.


24 hours of total classroom time. This course will take place over three 8-Hour days in the classroom. The dates courses are held can be found at the bottom of this page.

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