Company/Ship Security Officer (CSO/SSO)

Training course providing qualification as Company Security Officer (CSO) and Ship Security Officer (SSO).

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Training for qualification as Company Security Officer (CSO) and Ship Security Officer (SSO)

Entrance regulations

Maritime security knowledge.
Participants aiming for a certificate of proficiency as ship security officer shall have approved seagoing service of not less than 12 months or appropriate seagoing service and knowledge of ship operations (STCW 78, as amended, Reg. VI/5).

Who should attend:
Personnel involved in security matters coming from shipping companies (Designated Person (ashore), Company Security Officer, Quality Manager, Operation Manager, nautical- and technical Superintendent and Officer, Internal Auditor, Master, Ship Security Officer) and Maritime Administrations/Agencies, ship chartering, insurance and security companies

Duration: 3 days

The course provides participants with the knowledge, understanding and proficiencies as required by STCW 78, as amended and the ISPS Code to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities as Company Security Officer (CSO) or Ship Security Officer (SSO). Practical case studies, exercises and videos are used to illustrate possible measures to comply with the maritime security requirements as laid down in the ISPS Code. Achievement of competencies is assessed by means of a final test.

  • Company Security Officer (CSO) in accordance with the standard of competence as outlined in the Guidelines on Training and Certification for Company Security Officers issued as Annex of MSC/Circ.1154 and the IMO Model Course 3.20;
  • Ship Security Officer (SSO) in accordance with the Mandatory Minimum Requirements for the Issue of Certificates of Proficiency for Ship Security Officers, set out in section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW 78, as amended and the IMO Model Course 3.19.

Note: Our course is accepted by relevant flag states but not by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). For MCA approved SSO or CSO training, please contact your closest Maritime Academy office. The Training Certificate is recognized by major flag States as precondition for the issuance of a Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) as Ship Security Officer.

The course focuses on:

  • Development, implementation, maintenance and supervision of Ship Security Plans
  • Identification of threats and vulnerabilities and assessment of security risks
  • Methods for Inspection and Monitoring of security measures on board ships
  • Operation, testing and calibration of security equipment and systems
  • Enhancing security awareness and vigilance of company staff (ship and shore)

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