ISPS Ships Security Officer (SSO)

What is a Ship Security Officer?

In the maritime world, safety and security are paramount. The SSO is a person appointed by the company and the ship’s master for ensuring the security of the ship.

About the course

The three-day International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Ships Security Officer course combines the theoretical and practical training required to carry out duties on board vessels as a ship’s security officer (SSO) and complies with international maritime security standards.

Holding this certificate can enable you to earn as much as £750 per month over and above your standard salary.

Who is the Ships Security Officer course for?

Our fully approved MCA course is specifically designed for crew who may encounter ship security or ship safety problem as they transit high-risk areas, adverse conditions and hostile environments.

During the three day intensive programme, our instructors provide the essential skills and qualifications to:

  • Maintain and supervise the implementation of a ship’s security plan
  • Assess security risk, threat and vulnerability
  • Undertake regular inspections of the vessel to ensure appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained
  • Coordinate the security measures for handling cargo
  • Monitor security equipment ensuring it is operated, tested, calibrated and maintained.

On completion, qualified ship security officers have the knowledge and expertise to deal with situations that pose security threats to vessels and its crew while at sea.

Particular focus is given to what to do when entering high-risk areas, adverse conditions or hostile environments.

This course will also cover specific threats including piracy, terrorism and other such occurrences.


12 months sea service or as the discretion of the MCA – appropriate sea service (minimum three months) and knowledge of ships operations to enable them to achieve the objectives of training.


ISPS Ship Security Officer (SSO) – ISPS Code and STCW 78 Reg.VI/5 STCW Code Section A-VI/5.

Dates and pricing

Course From To Non-res All-inc
ISPS Ship Security Officer 16/09/2024 18/09/2024 £610 £670

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