This is the foundation course for the student to become a fully trained Marine Mammal Observer.
You will be taken though every aspect of the job and all the skills involved in becoming a fully trained MMO.
Confidence as an MMO comes from the knowledge that you are well prepared in your topic and the resources you’ll use to to work in a demanding environment. Confidence is also understanding that an effective MMO is someone who presents in a professional manner, is effective at communicating and has developed an awareness of the skills involved to be accurate and precise in all aspects of the job.
In this course we would like to share with you our combined experience in the Marine Mammal and regulations sector working with collective skills. Our focus will be on the legal and more practical aspects of MMO working and we would like to draw on some of the skills and knowledge we have gained through our respective careers to offer you some practical techniques, approaches, hints and suggestions that you may be able to apply to your own skill set. Whether you are an experienced marine biologist, an MMO or just starting out this course aims to develop the skills that you already have and help you become a more confident and accomplished MMO.
What will I learn?
- Effects of Sound
- Law and Guidelines
- Physiology of Marine Mammals
- Behaviours of marine mammals
- Monitoring methods and techniques
- Species identification
- Reporting systems
- Test on Species identification
- Test Video
- Offshore requirements
- Practical and what next
This course requires approximately 4 – 6 hours of study per day/week, but can vary depending on the student, language competency, priority of acquiring certification. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 5 hours 30 minutes, this does not include reading time and assessment. You are required to use the JNCC Deck forms only while taking this course.
If you take this course only you will receive a Certificate of Achievement. To be JNCC certified you will be required to take the JNCC regional module and the Pre-mobilization and practical module. A total of three modules to complete the full JNCC certification.
Where could this lead me?
If you’re wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.
- Offshore MMO
- Fisheries MMO
- Onshore MMO
- Marine Parks Ranger
- Environmental projects
- Tour Guiding
Ongoing skills for your resume are always at the forefront, every potential employer is looking to see how devoted you are to your work and keeping on top of your skill set.
There are facilitators available to assist with any areas you are having difficulties in.
NOTE: We can not give you the answers to any of the assessment questions, all the answers are in the lessons and that means reviewing the extra reading material without this you will not have all the answers.
The certificate will be issued at completion of the course so please ensure you have completed ALL your OWN personal details in full and correctly. Your Certificate will be issued once you have uploaded a passport sized photo.