[STCW] Designated Security Duties Training Course (MCA Approved)
US $200.00

This course explores the role and responsibilities of personnel onboard ship with designated security duties. It introduces the ship security plan, examines ship security risks and threats and looks at the importance of regular security inspections. The proper and correct use of security equipment and systems is also covered. The aim of the course is to give personnel onboard ship with a designated security duty the requisite knowledge needed to meet the requirements of Chapter VI of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended by the 2010 Manila amendments.

This course comprises eLearning modules with a final onscreen assessment and a workbook containing questions/assignments. You must achieve 95% completion in all eLearning and score 75% or higher in all assessments and workbook assignments. Our course documentation list refers.  

Guided learning hours: 10-12hrs.

This course is approved by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Marshall Islands Registry and Liberian Ship Registry. 

On completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate of Proficiency.


There are no pre-requisites. To receive an MCA certificate, this course must be taken and authenticated onboard ship only.

Legislation & references

  • Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code (2010)
  • The International Ship and Port Facility Code (2004), as amended
  • IMO Model Course 3.26, 2012 Edition
  • MNTB Security Courses Criteria, 1st Edition

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you should:

  • Know why ship security is important and be aware of the roles and responsibilities of the organisations and individuals involved
  • Know what constitutes security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations
  • Know the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems
  • Know how to maintain the measures in a ship security plan and related requirements
  • Be able to maintain the effectiveness of security arrangements, procedures and equipment at the three security levels, taking into account their limitations

Please note that the final assessment of this course must be completed under the direct supervision of an Authenticating Person. This is the Master/Senior Officer onboard ship or senior official of a registered shipping company or maritime institution for courses allowed to be completed onshore. Our Course Procedure refers.