ISPS 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 Univab
 Part A: ISPS code for CSO & SSO and other International Conventions - ISPS details
ISPS Code Introduction
  • Maritime Zones
  • 1988 SUA Convention
  • Security Cases - Incidents
  • Stowaways 7 Illegal Migrants
  • Drugs & weapons smuggling
  • Sabotage & Arson
  • Undeclared and/or incorrectly packed dangerous goods
  • Oil theft
  • 11 September 2001
  • Diplomatic Conference 2002
ISPS (CSO-SSO) & International Conventions
  • The ISPS Code's Backround
  • The application of SOLAS Ch. XI-2
  • The ISPS Code's Purpose and Objective
  • The definitions used in SOLAS XI-2 and ISPS Code Part A and B
  • The ISPS Code's Functional Requirements
  • The ISPS Code's Detailed Requirements
  • US legislation and regulations - the Basics
  • International conventions and E.U. legislation
ISPS details
  • Security Risk Assessment Techniques related to Ship Operations
  • Ship Security Assessments including On-Scene Security Surveys
  • Developing and Updating Ship Security Plans
  • Duties, Responsibility and Training of CSO/SSO
  • Contingency Plan and Reporting of Security Incident
  • Security Administration and Protective Measures
  • Handling of Information & Communication Security related
  • Kinds of Ship Security Verification and Validity of ISSC
  • The flag Administration's role to related to the ISPS Code


Part B: Current security threats and patterns - New Weapons Against Ships/Comments on OCIMF Study (1st Edition 2019)
Current security threats and patterns
  • Current security threats and patterns
  • Recognition and detection of weapons, dangerous substances and devices
  • The crowd management and control techniques
  • Characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
  • Security and surveillance equipment and systems and their operational limitations
  • Security threats associated with the ship/port interface
New Weapons Against Ships/Comments on OCIMF Study (1st Edition 2019)
  • Some Definitions
  • General Comments
  • Model Vessel
  • Threats
  • Effects
  • Proposals - Conclusions
  • Indicative Mitigation Measures

Exam & Certification

  • Exam on ISPS Company/Ship Security Officer (CSO/SSO)
  • "ISPS Company/Ship Security Officer (CSO/SSO)" Certificate
Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar presentations (available for download)
  • Terms and definitions
  • No. of slides: 335


  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations


Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 39
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrolment duration: 90 days (starting from date of purchase)
  • CPD Points: 39
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.3


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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