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ISPS Internal Auditor for Ships

This course objective is to develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct a full audit of a Ship’s Security Plan & Assessment in the capacity of Internal Auditor dedicated for the ISPS Code. It will also give the confidence to effectively audit a ship’s security system in accordance with internationally recognized best practice techniques.


Become a certified ISPS Internal auditor for Ships and demonstrate your commitment towards continual improvement through our ISPS Internal Auditor for Ships course.


Aims & Objectives
  • Attract and retain customers by meeting their current and future needs
  • Identify the aims and benefits of an ISPS internal audit
  • Interpret ISPS requirements for audit application
  • Plan, conduct and follow-up auditing activities that add real value
  • Access the latest auditor techniques and identify appropriate use
  • Build stakeholder confidence by managing processes in line with the latest requirements


Learning Outcomes

A trainee successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Plan, conduct, report and follow up an ISPS internal audit on board ship
  • Identify the purpose and benefits of a security plan
  • Explain the role and the responsibilities of the Internal Auditor
  • Expand the audit principles in relation to ISPS code and the verification for certification.


Who should attend?
  • People involved in the internal audit process
  • People who wish to become competent ISPS Internal Auditors
  • Management Representatives
  • Quality managers
  • Directors
  • Consultants
  • Designated Persons Ashore (DPAs) and assistan DPAs
  • CSOs/SSOs
  • Port Facility Security Officers


Prerequisite skills & knowledge: Basic knowledge of ISO standards, ISPS code


Relative Conventions, Codes and Standards: ISO 19011:2011 - Guidelines for auditing management systems, ISPS code


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Accredited Training Centre


PART A: Internal Auditor
  • What is an Audit?
  • Why Audit
  • Tips to trained internal auditor
Safety Management System Audit
  • Types of Audits
  • Principles of auditing
  • Scheduled and unscheduled Audits
  • What to Audit – Technical Audit
  • Steps involved in internal audit
  • Scope of audit
  • Frequency of audit
  • Internal Audit process
Auditing tips & techniques
  • The Auditor’s Six Friends
  • Question Technique
  • Questioning Technique
  • Types of Questions in interviews
  • Competence of the person managing the audit programme
Auditor’s performance
  • Auditor’s Quality
  • The Auditors conduct
  • Auditor’s Code Conduct
  • Auditor Characteristics
  • Auditor's personal behaviour
  • Selecting the audit team members
  • Auditee’s conduct
Case Studies
  • Internal audit example


  • The definitions used in SOLAS XI-2 & ISPS Code Part A & B
  • ISPS Code's Functional Requirements
  • ISPS Code, Part A Requirements – Basics
  • Responsibility of Contracting Governments
  • Declaration of Security (DOS)
  • Company Obligations
  • Ship Security Levels
  • Ship Security Assessment (SSA)
  • Ship Security Plan (SSP)
  • Ship Security Plan (SSP) – Protective Measures
  • PSC – Clear Grounds
  • Records
  • Verification and Certification for Ships
  • Setting the security level
  • Control and compliance measures
  • Obligations of the Company
  • On-scene Security Survey
  • Organization & performance of ship security duties
  • SSP examples for “Access Control”
  • ISPS Code Requirements
  • Activities not covered by the Code
  • Drills and exercises
Guide to Maritime Security & the ISPS Code 2012 edition – Useful tables
  • Cross-reference of Government & Industry Responsibilities
  • IMO Guidance material on Maritime Security Measures, 1986-2011
  • Useful Tables / Table a
  • Useful Tables / Table b
  • Useful Tables / Table c
  • Useful Tables / Table d
  • Useful Tables / Table e
  • Useful Tables / Table f
  • Useful Tables / Table g
  • Basic points of On-scene security survey
  • Identification of vulnerability
  • Vessel Security
International conventions and E.U. legislation
  • EU Legislation
Security Risk Assessment Techniques related to Ship Operations
  • Generic Risk Diagram
  • Basic Risk Concept
  • Basic Risk Concept (Risk-Consequence)
  • Basic Concept (Probability)
  • Security Assessment – Steps
  • Security Assessment Mitigation Table
  • Ship security assessments including On-scene
  • Ship Security Assessment (SSA)
  • Security Surveys
  • On-Scene Security Surveys
  • Ship Security Assessments
Training, Drills & Exercises on board
Contingency Plan and Reporting of Security Incident
  • Contingency Plan
  • Reporting of Security Incident
Kinds of Ship Security Verification and validity of ISSC
  • Kinds of verification
  • Duration and Validity of certificate


Exam & Certification
  • Exam on ISPS Internal Auditor for Ships
  • “ISPS Internal Auditor for Ships” Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • No. of slides: 204


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 24
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 24
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 0.8


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on ISPS Internal Auditor for Ships





Upon successful completion of the course assessment, participants will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Success’.


Accreditation by EOPPEP

LiberoAssurance has been accredited as a Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 by the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP).

EOPPEP is the statutory body for the development and implementation of the Hellenic Qualifications Framework (NQF) in correspondence with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). EOPPEP is the National Coordination Point for EQF in Greece (NCP).


Approved courses by the Central Greece University of Applied Sciences

LiberoAssurance in cooperation with the Central Greece University of Applied Sciences offers approved courses. All participants have the option to receive double certification from the University and LiberoAssurance Training Centre.

The University of Applied Sciences of Central Greece and LiberoGroup have agreed to develop a research project the purpose of which is education, lifelong learning and specialisation of persons, to facilitate their induction in the labour market using e-learning and traditional methods of training. The ultimate aim of this cooperation is the development of a post-graduate programme in collaboration with other Academic Institutions and Ministries.


Accreditation by IAS and E.S.Y.D

LiberoAssurance has been accredited by the Hellenic Accreditation System (E.SY.D) which has been appointed as the National Accreditation Body of Greece.

LiberoAssurance has been accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States.




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