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Company & Ship Security Officer (Model Course 3.20 & 3.19)

This training course equips participants with an extensive understanding of the ISPS Code and its requirements based on model course 3.20 & 3.19. Upon successful completion, the trainees will be able to acquire qualification as Company Security Officer (CSO) and Ship Security Officer (SSO).


Built your knowledge, understanding and proficiency as required by STCW 2010 and the ISPS Code to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities as Company Security Officer (CSO) or Ship Security Officer (SSO).


The course also provides certified Security Knowledge for the crew responsible for the security and safety of your ships and is a helpful tool for shipping companies to ensure compliance with ISPS Code.


Company Security Officer (CSO) is in accordance with the standard of competence as outlined in the Guidelines on Training and Certification for Company Security Officers issued as Annex of MSC/Circ.1154 and the IMO Model Course 3.20.


Ship Security Officer (SSO) is in accordance with the Mandatory Minimum Requirements for the Issue of Certificates of Proficiency for Ship Security Officers, set out in section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW 78, as amended and the IMO Model Course 3.19.


Aims & Objectives
  • Assist current and future CSOs/SSOs, to develop effective and practical skills in order to carry out their tasks effectively
  • Help companies apply the ISPS Code and achieve compliance


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants will:

  • Achieve ISPS understanding according to IMO model courses 3.19-3.20
  • Develop, implement, maintain and supervise Ship Security Plans
  • Identify of threats and vulnerabilities and assessment of security risks
  • Be aware of methods for inspection and monitoring of security measures on board ships
  • Carry out the operation, testing and calibration of security equipment and systems
  • Enhance security awareness and vigilance of company staff (ship and shore)
  • Grasp through analysis other International conventions like SUA etc.
  • Learn the main requirements of US (i.e. 33CFR as amended)
  • Know all the Basics from the Guide to Maritime Security & the ISPS Code 2012 edition
  • Use practical case studies and exercises to learn possible measures for compliance with the maritime security requirements as laid down in the ISPS Code.


Who should attend?
  • Personnel involved in maritime security matters coming from shipping companies
  • Designated Person Ashore
  • Company Security Officer
  • Quality Manager
  • Operation Manager
  • Superintendents
  • Internal Auditors
  • Masters
  • Officers and crew involved in security issues on board.
Relative conventions: Solas Ch XI – 2, ISM, MLC and STCW


Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
  • Basic understanding of Solas Ch XI – 2, ISM, MLC and STCW is needed.
  • Participants aiming for a certificate of proficiency as ship security officer shall have approved seagoing service of not less than 12 months or appropriate seagoing service and knowledge of ship operations (STCW 78, as amended, Reg. VI/5).


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: ISPS (CSO-SSO) & International Conventions

The ISPS Code's Background
  • History
  • Progress
The application of SOLAS Ch. XI-2
  • New provisions of SOLAS Ch. XI-2
  • Application of SOLAS Ch. XI-2
  • SOLAS Ch. XI-2, Contents
The ISPS Code's Purpose and Objective
  • Purpose
  • Objectives
The definitions used in SOLAS XI-2 and ISPS Code Part A and B
  • General
  • Safety and Security
  • SOLAS Ch.XI-2 Reg.1 – Definitions
  • ISPS Part A, Sec.2 – Definitions
  • Basic Tools
The ISPS Code's Functional Requirements
  • Implications for the ship
The ISPS Code's Detailed Requirements
  • ISPS Code, Part A Requirements
  • ISPS Code, Part B Requirements
  • Compliance and Use of Check-Lists
  • Solas Reg XI-2/9 Control & Compliance
  • Guide to Maritime Security ISPS edition 2012-Useful Tables
  • Cross-reference of Government & Industry Responsibilities
  • IMO Guidance material on Maritime Security Measures, 1986-2011
  • Useful Tables
  • Revision of SUA Convention
The basic US legislation and regulations
  • Maritime Transportation Security Laws
  • Navigation & Vessel Inspection
  • Basic Points of the Guidelines for Ship Security
  • Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level
  • Basic Points of on Scene Security Survey
  • Identification of Vulnerability
  • 33CFR
  • Basic points of 33 CFR
International conventions and E.U. legislation
  • Marine transport – PSC, surveys
  • ISM
  • Safety of passengers
  • Seafarers
  • Marine equipment
  • Liabilities and insurances
  • Structural / Technical requirements
  • Internal market / cabotage


Part B: ISPS details

Security Risk Assessment Techniques related to Ship Operations
  • Basic Concept
  • Security Assessment Course
Ship Security Assessments including On-Scene Security Surveys
  • On-scene survey
  • Ship Security Assessment
Developing and Updating Ship Security Plans
  • General
  • Instruction for Drafting Ship Security Plan (SSP)
  • General Policy related to Security Measures
  • Other Items related to Security
Duties and Responsibility of CSO/SSO, and Training
  • Company Security Officer(CSO)
  • Ship Security Officer(SCO)
  • Training, Drill and Exercises on Ship Security
Contingency Plan and Reporting of Security Incident
  • Contingency Plan
  • Reporting of Security Incident
Security Administration and Protective Measures
  • Security administration
  • Protective Measures
Handling of Information and Communication related to Security
  • Identification of information and communication related to security
  • Handling of security information and communication
Kinds of Ship Security Verification and validity of ISSC
  • Kinds of Verification
  • Duration and Validity of Certificate
The flag Administration’s role related to the ISPS Code
  • Flag Administration’s Role
  • Port State’s Role related to Ship Security
  • Port State’s Role related to Port Facility
  • Coastal State’s Role

Part C: Security threats– ISPS Assessment

Current security threats and patterns
  • Definition
  • Kinds of Security Threats
  • Types of terrorism and Example of maritime terrorism
Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices
  • Classification of Weapons and Dangerous substances
  • Introduction of Explosives
  • Types of bomb and recognition
  • Identifying and Responding against Explosives
  • Detection and Searching of Weapons and Explosives
The crowd management and control techniques
  • The crowd management in passenger ship
  • Passenger guide in emergency situations
  • Muster List
Characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
  • Persons who are likely to threaten security
  • Characteristics and behavioral patterns of terrorists
  • Reason behind terrorism and characteristics of modern terrorism
  • Characteristics of Modern Terrorism
  • Terror Groups
  • Terrorist Organization List of U.S. Department of State
Techniques used to circumvent security measures
  • Techniques used to circumvent
  • Countermeasures
Security and surveillance equipment and systems and their operational limitations
  • Ship’s Security Equipment & Systems
  • Port’s Security Equipment & Systems
Security threats associated with the ship/port interface
  • Cargo Handling
  • Ship’s Stores
  • Stowaways
  • Sabotage
  ISPS Assessment & Plans
  • IMO requirements for security assessments and plans
  • Some Key Challenges
  • Maritime Risk Assessment Model
  • Security Assessment Principles
  • AS/NZS 4360:1999 – Sample Risk Management Standard
  • Steps in the 4360 Risk Assessment Process
  • Port Facility Security Assessments
  • Ship Security Assessments
  • Security Assessment Reports
  • Tailor Security Plan Coverage
  • Common Characteristics Port Facilities & Ships
  • IMO / ISPS Security Levels
  • Who Requires Security Plans
  • Relevant Skills and Experience
New Weapons Against Ships / Comments on OCIMF (1st Edition 2019)
  • Relevant Skills and Experience
  • Some Definitons (sourse OCIMF Study)
  • General Comments
  • Model Vessel
  • Conclusions - Proposals


Exam & Certification

  • Exam on ISPS Company and Ship Security Officer
  • "ISPS Company and Ship Security Officer Training" Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides: 412


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 48
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrolment duration: 90 days (starting from date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 48
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.6


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam – ISPS & International Conventions for Company/Ship Security Officer (CSO/SSO)





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

Those participants who choose not to submit the assessment will be issued with a ‘Certificate of Attendance’.






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200,00 €


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