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About this course

This course is suitable for seafarers who are about to serve, or are already serving, as either safety representatives or safety officers. It provides theoretical and practical training to allow you to undertake the duties of a shipboard safety officer, as detailed by the MCA. 

The course addresses both accident prevention and accident investigation. 

This training is intended to meet the requirements set out in The Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations and the Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seafarers (CoSWP). 

What you'll learn

On completion of the course you should have the knowledge to: 

  • understand the duties of the SSO, 
  • have considered the legal framework for safety, 
  • understand the relationship between the ISM code, safety management on board ship, 
  • have an overview of the ISM code, 
  • have considered the causes of accidents, 
  • understand the process and limitations of risk assessment, 
  • have considered the accident investigation process, 
  • understand the importance of appropriate interviewing technique, and 
  • have considered factors influencing the effectiveness of safety committee meetings. 

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Solent University from week commencing 6 July 2020.

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

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  • Prerequisites

    You must have served at sea for at least 12 months and be at least 18 years old.

Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to
+44 (0)23 8201 3074

Contact us

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course.

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday