PAM Professional Training Course – ONLINE

PAM Professional Training Course – ONLINE


Passive Acoustic Monitor Operator Course

Passive acoustics are useful for augmenting visual surveys and assessing temporal and spatial changes in the density and behavior of some marine animals. Passive acoustics can provide important details about the acoustic environment of cetaceans and how they respond to anthropogenic noise.

Before starting this course, a Marine Mammal Observer Certificate is essential, we recommended that you have the following basic mathematical knowledge to help you understand some of the theory, this will allow you to travel through the course with ease:

• Calculus
• Elementary statistics
• Trigonometry
• Sine and Cosine graphs
• Algebra




Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) uses hydrophone technology to listen for underwater sounds, using a hydrophone and an acoustic processing system. This allows you to listen to marine mammals that produce a wide range of sounds from low frequency moans, sperm whales, to high frequency echolocation clicks of harbour porpoises.The PAM systems and training assist in prevent the marine mammals from being harmed by offshore activities such as seismic surveys and construction/decommissioning projects.


What will I learn?

  • History of sound
  • Sound in Water
  • Marine Mammals and effects of sounds
  • Anthropogenic Noise in the Sea
  • Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Marine Mammals
  • Local and regional Mitigation Guidelines
  • PAM and the Role of the Operator
  • Marine Mammal sounds and Identification
  • PAM Hardware systems and Operations
  • PAM Software choices
  • Set up and Deployment of PAM Systems
  • Spectrogram set up and reading
  • Techniques and methods
  • Real-time Mitigation and Reporting
  • Troubleshooting

This course requires approximately 2 – 4 hours of study per day/week, but can vary depending on the student and the requirement for certification. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours and 56 Minutes.

If you pass this course you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement.


This course will aid Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) who are seeking to expand their skill set, and be top of the ladder in acquiring a job.