Do you want to expand your knowledge of the marine environment? Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of United States regulations that apply to marine protected species?

RPS is a leading provider of protected species training courses. We are excited to offer some of our most popular courses in online format. More details on each course below.

In our Offshore Protected Species Observer course, you will learn, among other topics, about:
■ Offshore energy operations
■ How to identify protected species
■ How sound effects the marine environment
■ Associated regulations that apply to offshore energy operations, and
■ Protected species monitoring, mitigation, data collection and reporting requirements

Click the following link to read more about the role including interviews from current PSOs:

Our Gulf of Mexico Expanded Rice’s Whale Area course explains the latest operational recommendations and protocols for offshore energy project lessees and operators in relation to the endangered Rice’s whale.

Both courses will increase your professional skillset and value for potential employers – or help you improve your current team’s environmental knowledge. Learn at your own pace, from anywhere, with engaging, interactive learning content.

Each course provides you with a certificate upon successful completion. The Protected Species Observer certificate is an accredited PSO training certificate for the United States offshore marine environment, helping to prepare you for this important position. Let’s get started!

Work on the course anytime and anywhere, progressing at a speed comfortable for you! Your progress is saved so you can resume the course where you last left off each time you sign in. The course is filled with interactive games and quizzes to keep your interest high, and help you retain the material. Engaging and fun content combined with self-paced learning makes for a positive learning experience, and an effective training course that produces proficient PSOs!

To further ensure convenience, you can complete your coursework on any device. Save your progress when you log out and continue later on the same device or a different device.

Why travel to far away places when you can get certified from the comfort of your own home? This online course saves you time and money, and eliminates the hassle of other expensive and hard to schedule courses!
RPS has been at the forefront of providing Protected Species Observing (PSO) services in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Atlantic for many years. Our in-house training and certification program has been part of the foundation of our success.
We are pleased to present the first BOEM/NMFS-compliant online PSO course for the Gulf of Mexico and U.S Atlantic. Successful completion of the course will result in your certification as a PSO.
This training program pulls together the expertise, advice, and lessons learned of our instructors, biologists, and other professionals who have overcome some of the complex hurdles that have shaped the PSO program into what it is today.
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Ready for a career in Marine Biology?
Get certified as a Protected Species Observer today!
Expand your knowledge of the marine environment
Increase your professional skill set and value to prospective employers
Work in an exciting and diverse environment where you can observe marine life
Want to learn about marine environmental issues?
Learn about sound in the marine environment and associated regulatory requirements
Increase your understanding of monitoring and mitigation procedures on geophysical surveys
Proactively prevent incidents of potential non-compliance
Improve understanding of regulations and HSE performance
Already a PSO and want to be the best of the best?
Never stop striving to learn more!
Improve your knowledge and performance as a PSO
Refresh and sharpen your skills
Improve your data collection and reporting techniques
Looking for Professional Development?
Educate your project management team
Increase the efficacy of project mangers with improved knowledge of regulatory requirements
Enhance your offshore environmental training program
Are you ready to become a certified Protected Species Observer?
Then get started right here!
Sign up for our online Protected Species Observer (PSO) course today!
The certification never expires!