[STCW] Ship Security Officer Training Course (MCA Approved)
US $450.00

When the ISPS Code was introduced in 2004, most ships were required to have a Security Officer. The training requires that the Ship’s Security Officer (SSO) will maintain an effective security system on board working in conjunction with the Company Security Officer (CSO). The purpose of this course is to give those seeking a certificate of proficiency as a Ship Security Officer 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.

By following this course candidates will gain knowledge of:
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of the Company and Ship Security Officers
  • The Responsibilities of Seafarers with Designated Security Duties
  • The Ship Security Assessment and Ship Security Plan
  • Reporting Procedures
  • Defensive and Protective Measures Including Searching People and Searching the Ship
  • Drills and Training
  • Anti-piracy Measures and Practices
  • Emergency Measures

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: 21 hrs.

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.


Candidates must have 12 months of approved sea service (in any capacity) onboard a ship subject to the ISPS Code OR hold a valid STCW Certificate of Competency (Deck or Engine). 

For an MCA certificate this course must be taken and authenticated onboard ship only.

Legislation & references

  • Regulation VI/5 and Section A-VI/5 of the STCW Convention and Code (2010)
  • Chapter XI-2 of the annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention 1978, as amended
  • The International Ship and Port Facility Code (2004), as amended
  • IMO Model Course 3.19, 2012 Edition
  • MNTB Security Courses Criteria, 2nd Edition

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, candidates will:

  • understand the importance of ship security and the roles and responsibilities of organisations and individuals involved in it.
  • know how to assess security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations.
  • understands the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems. 
  • know how to implement a ship security plan and related regulatory requirements.
  • know how to determine the effectiveness of current security arrangements, procedures and equipment.
  • understand how to promote security awareness and vigilance onboard ship.

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