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Must be undertaken by seafarers engaged on ships which are required to comply with the provisions of the ISPS Code, which have designated security duties as a Ship Security Officer.


On acquiring an STCW certificate of proficiency in Ship security duties, a seafarer will be able to understand The principles and responsibilities of national and international requirements of a Ship Security Officer.

The Ship Security Officer would have acquired the skills to:

  • maintain ship security plans;
  • appreciate security levels;
  • develop and maintain measures for the control of access to the ship;
  • conduct ship security and risk assessments; and
  • implement effective search and security mechanism


This learning opportunity is designed for the training of all seafarers’ onboard ships to which the ISPS code applies must carry the SSO certificate. This course is mandatory for ships’ personnel responsible for ship security, and onboard security trainings.


Module One: Introduction
Module Two: Maintain and supervise the implementation of a Ship Security Plan
Module Three: Assess security risk, threats and vulnerability
Module Four: Undertake regular inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security Measures are implemented and maintained
Module Five: Ensure that security equipment and systems are properly in operation, tested, calibrated and operated
Module Six: Encourage security awareness and vigilance
Module Seven: Anti-piracy best management practices (BMP4)


Medically fit for sea.

Ship Security Officer (ISPS Code)

Course Duration: 3 Days
Course Certification: Certificate of Completion
Assessment: Written assessment & Practical evaluation
Validity: Not Applicable
Completion Exit Level: The competent learner will be able to perform the role of a Ship Security Officer onboard.
STCW Reference: A/2.1.6, A/12.1 and A/12.2
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