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Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) (Model Course 3.21)


Aims & Objectives
  • Equip you with a thorough understanding of the ISPS Code
  • Present detailed information the best practices applied worldwide for port facility security requirements
  • Help participants become qualified as Port Facility Security Officers (PFSO)


Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will:

  • Know the key contents of ISPS Code, the related conventions, and legislation
  • Understand your main responsibilities as a PFSO
  • Grasp the main features of a Port Facility Security assessment
  • Discover requirements on security equipment and plan
  • Learn about security threats, emergency, drills and training
  • Be certified and able to take on the duties and responsibilities as defined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code


Who should attend?
  • Port Facilities Security Officers
  • PFSO assistants
Relative conventions: SOLAS Chapter XI-2  and ISPS  code


Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
  • Basic knowledge of port operations and basic security awareness on Port Facilities.
  • Familiarization with ISPS code is recommended
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



Port Facility Security Officer Model Course 3.21
  • Definition of Security
  • The ISPS Code's Purpose & Objective
  • Competences to be achieved
  • Tools to be used
  • Historical data
  • Existing Threats
  • Ship and port operations and conditions
  • Types of Modern port facilities
Maritime Security Policy
  • International  conventions and E.U. legislation
  • Other E.U Legislation
  • Initiations of IMO
  • SOLAS 74 Convention /Amendments
  • SOLAS 74-Chapter XI-2
  • SOLAS 74-Chapter XI-2-Reg.10
  • SOLAS 74-Chapter XI-2-Reg.11
  • SOLAS 74-Chapter XI-2-Reg.12
  • ISPS / Objectives
  • ISPS  - Contents Part Α & B / Definitions
  • EU legislation - Regulation 324/2008
  • EU legislation - Directive 2005/65/EC
  • Legal implications of action or non-action by security personnel
  • Handling sensitive security- related information and communication
ISPS Assessment & Plans
  • Contracting governments 
  • Recognized Security Organizations (RSO)
  • The Company
  • The Ship
  • The Port Facility
  • Ship Security Officer (SSO)
  • Company Security Officer (CSO)
  • Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)
  • Port Facility & Ship personnel with security duties
  • Other Port & Ship personnel
Port Facility Security Assessment
  • General requirements
  • PFSA Steps
  • Risk assessment methodology
  • Stage 1: Criticality of Infrastructure, Equipment and Operations
  • Criticality Evaluation Table
  • Stage 2: Threats
  • Stage 3: Vulnerability assessment criteria
  • On-scene security surveys
  • General Layout of Port Facility
  • Vulnerability - Consequence Matrix
  • Stage 4: Minigation Strategies
  • Risk Evaluation
  • Security Assessment documentation
Port Facility Security Plan
  • Purpose of the Port facility Security Plan (PFSP)
  • Contents of the Port Facility Security Plan
  • Security Organization
  • Security Level Ship/Port Facility
  • Access To Disabled Persons
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Development of the Port Facility Security Plan
  • Approval of  the Port Facility Security Plan
  • Implementation of  the Port Facility Security Plan
  • Maintenance and modification of  the Port Facility Security Plan
Security Equipment
  • Security equipment and systems
  • Security Fencing
  • Security Lighting
  • Automatic Surveillance Systems
  • Detection Devices
  • Access Control Equipment
  • Operation limitations of security equipment and systems
Threat Identification, Recognition and Response
  • Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices
  • Methods of physical searches and non-intrusive inspections
  • Implementing and coordinating searches
  • The crowd management and control techniques
  • Characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
  • Recognition of person posing potential security risks
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
Port Facility Security Actions
  • Actions required by different security levels
  • Maintaining security of the ship/port interface
  • Declaration of Security 
  • Declaration of Security and ISPS references
  • Implementation of security procedures
Emergency Preparedness, Drills And Exercises
  • Contingency planning
  • Security drills and exercises
  • Drills
  • Security Excercises
  • Security incident scenarios
  • Assessment of security drills and exercises
Security Administration
  • Documentation and records
  • Reporting security incidents
  • Monitoring and control
  • Security audits and inspections
  • Economic and Punitive Sanctions
  • Reporting Nonconformities
Security Training
  • Training requirements
  • Instructional techniques
ISPS Code 2012 Edition & useful tables
  • Cross-reference of Government & Industry Responsibilities
  • IMO Guidance material on Maritime Security Measures, 1986-2011
  • Useful Tables
Exam & Certification
  • Exam – ISPS Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)
  • ISPS Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) Certificate

Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides: 321
  • Reading lists & Resources: Available in the presentations
Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 38
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment Duration: 90 days (starting from the date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 38
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.3


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on  ISPS Port Facility Security Officer 





On 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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200,00 €


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