UK MMO refresher course

The refresher course is currently being updated to reflect the recent revision to JNCC guidelines.

The Marine Mammal Observer's Refresher Course is a distance learning course intended for experienced MMOs working in UK waters, with the aim of refreshing their knowledge. It is intended to remind MMOs of the key responsibilities of their role and to highlight any recent changes in practice. Feedback to candidates on their performance in some aspects of the job is provided through completion of course exercises. Post-training support is available to all refresher course candidates. At the present time there is no requirement to do a refresher course, but for those MMOs who feel they would benefit from one this is the only refresher course currently available.

Who can do the course?

Refresher course content

What do delegates receive?

Refresher course costs etc.

Who can do the course?

As the refresher course is aimed at experienced MMOs there are some requirements that should be met by candidates wishing to take this course.  Candidates should have attended an appropriate JNCC MMO induction training course prior to taking a refresher course and ideally should have attended their most recent training course within the last four years.  Candidates should also have gained some experience as an MMO.

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Refresher course content

The MMO refresher course covers the following syllabus.  This course is done by correspondence.  There are three elements to the refresher course: a presentation, practical exercises and post-training support. Between these three elements the following topics are covered:

  • current legislation protecting marine mammals in UK waters
  • current JNCC guidelines
  • the role of the MMO
  • skills of the MMO - identification, distance estimation, bearings to sightings, recording behaviours, maintaining awareness of operations, recording position, recording weather
  • use of the JNCC Marine mammal recording forms
  • demonstration of the recording forms
  • examples of recording forms to be completed by candidates
  • examples of situations that may occur  - candidates have to describe an appropriate course of action to ensure compliance with the guidelines
  • a selection of pictures of marine mammals for candidates to describe the main features of and attempt to identify
  • opportunity for questions
  • offer of further support by review of report(s) (optional)

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What do delegates receive?

  • The refresher course on CD
  • Course exercises on CD
  • A course certificate on successful completion of the course exercises
  • Post-training support available

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Refresher course costs etc.

The MMO refresher course is a correspondence course that can be done at your convenience. Trainees receive a CD containing the presentation element of the course and electronic copies of course handouts and other resources. You will need a computer to run the presentation; the presentation uses Microsoft Powerpoint, but will also run on computers that do not have Powerpoint installed.  The course contains practical exercises to be returned on completion.  Candidates for the refresher course will be regarded as having completed the course once the practical exercises have been completed to an acceptable standard and returned. The cost of the refresher course is 50 per pack (packs cannot be transferred between persons). 

The refresher course is currently unavailable while it is being updated. Please Contact us if you wish to be informed when it becomes available.

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