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

The seminar covers the necessary knowledge to enable the trainee to undertake the duties and responsibilities of Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO), according to the requirements of the relevant international legislation.


By the end of this course, participants will be able to perform duties of a Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) or Assistant PFSO, as defined in section A/2.1.8 and section A/17.1 of the ISPS Code.


Our PFSO course is prepared according to the requirements included in the IMO model course 3.21 for Port Facility Security Officer
Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to take on PFSO duties and responsibilities as defined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.


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


Part A: Introduction – Security Policy

  • Definition of Security
  • Seminar overview
  • Competences to be achieved
  • Historical perspective
  • Ship and port operations and conditions
  • Modern port facilities
  • Types of port facilities
Maritime Security Policy
  • International conventions and E.U. legislation
  • Initiations of IMO
  • SOLAS 74 Convention /Amendments
  • ISPS / Objectives
  • ISPS - Contents Part Α & B / Definitions
  • EU legislation
  • Legal implications of action or non-action by security personnel
  • Handling sensitive security- related information and communication

Part B: Security Responsibilities – Port Facility Security Assessment

Security Responsibilities
  • 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)
  • Shipboard personnel with security duties, Other personnel
Port Facility Security Assessment
  • General requirements
  • PFSA Steps
  • Risk assessment methodology
  • On-scene security surveys
  • Layout Of Port Facility
  • Vulnerability – Consequences Matrix
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Risk Evaluation
  • Security Assessment documentation


Part C: Security Equipment, Port Facility Security Plan

Security Equipment
  • Security equipment and systems
  • Security Fencing
  • Security Lighting
  • Surveillance Systems,
  • Detection Devices,
  • Access Control Equipment,
  • Operation limitations of security equipment and systems,
  • Testing, calibration and maintenance of security equipment and systems
Port Facility Security Plan
  • Purpose of the Port facility Security Plan (PFSP)
  • Contents of the PFSP
  • Security Organization
  • Security Level Ship/Port Facility
  • Access To Disabled Persons
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Development of the PFSP
  • Approval of the PFSP
  • Implementation of the PFSP
  • Maintenance and modification of the PFSP
  • PFSP modification


Part D: Threat Identification & Response – Port Facility Security Actions

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,
  • Coordinating searches
  • Susceptive places for search in port facility
  • Recognition of persons posing potential security risks
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
  • Crowd management and control techniques
Port Facility Security Actions
  • Actions required by different security levels
  • Maintaining security of the ship/port interface
  • Usage of the Declaration of Security
  • Implementation of security procedures


Part E: Emergency Preparedness – Security Administration & Training

Emergency Preparedness, Drills And Exercises
  • Contingency planning
  • Security drills and exercises
  • Security incident scenarios
  • Assessment of security drills and exercises
Security Administration
  • Documentation and records
  • Reporting security incidents
  • Monitoring and control
  • Security audits and inspections
  • Reporting Nonconformities
Security Training
  • Training requirements
  • Instructional techniques


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: 241


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 29
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrolment duration: 90 days (starting from date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 29
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1


Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam – ISPS Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)





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




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200,00 €


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