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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 Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 - Accredited by Greek Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs                       Accreditation No. 2101338


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’.



   100% Online course
   CPD Accredited eCertificate – Global acceptance
   Downloadable course material
   E-learning Mobile App
   Enrolment: 3 months
   Flexible schedule
   Language: English


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170,00 €


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