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About this course

This two-day course allows holders of a current MCA-approved ship's security officer certificate to achieve certification as a company security officer. 

The course is intended to meet the requirements set out in sections A/2.1.7 and A/II of the ISPS Code and corresponding guidance in Part B of the Code and relevant UK legislation. 

What you'll learn

The course builds on security knowledge of shipboard operations and the interface between ship, operating company and port facility. It discusses the company security organisation, the roles of the CSO, SSO and PFSO, general security requirements, security administration, ship security assessments, risk management, security threats and patterns with the consideration of persons likely to threaten security. 

The preparation of elements of a ship security plan, methods of physical searches and the beneficial use of security equipment and systems are addressed. The need for training and drills are covered including practical measures to achieve implementation. The importance for all personnel to be aware of and adhere to pre-planned emergency procedures is considered together with crowd management techniques. Security contingencies and appropriate responses are discussed and prepared. 


In order to undertake this two-day top-up course, you must have satisfactorily completed an MCA-approved ship security officer course (21-hour duration) within two years of commencing this course, and have experience as a ship security officer.

This course is delivered at our East Park Terrace campus in Southampton. 

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08.30 - 16.30 Friday