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Company Security Officer (Model Course 3.20)

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

By the end of this course, participants will be able to perform duties of a Company Security Officer (CSO) or Assistants, as defined in section A/2.1.7 (and paragraph 11) of the ISPS Code Part A taking into account the guidance provided in parts B/8, B/9, B/13, of International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.


Our course is prepared according to the requirements included in the IMO model course 3.20 for Company Security Officer


Aims & Objectives
  • Assist current and future Company Security Officers, to develop effective and practical skills in order to carry out their tasks effectively
  • Help companies apply the ISPS Code and achieve compliance
  • Help participants become qualified as Company Security Officers (CSOs)
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this course you will be able to:

  • Develop, maintain and supervise the implementation of a ship security plan
  • Assess security risk, threat and vulnerability
  • Ensure appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained
  • Ensure that security equipment and any systems, if any, are properly operated
  • Encourage security awareness and vigilance
  • Take on the duties and responsibilities as defined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code for Company Security Officer
Who should attend?
  • Personnel involved in maritime security matters coming from shipping companies
  • Designated Person Ashore
  • Quality Manager
  • Operation Manager
  • Superintendents
  • Internal Auditors
  • Masters
  • Officers involved in security issues on board.
Prerequisite skills & knowledge:
  • Basic understanding of SOLAS Ch XI – 2, STCW and ISPS is recommended.
Relative conventions: Basic understanding of SOLAS Chapter XI-2, ISM, MLC and STCW is needed.


Available in-house/distant learning? Yes


Created by: LiberoAssurance Continuous Professional Development Training Centre Level 1 - Accredited by Univab


Company Security Officer:
  • Course overview
  • Competence to be achieved
  • Historical perspective
  • Current security threats and patterns
    • Definition
    • Kinds of Security Threats
    • Types of terrorism and Example of maritime terrorism


Maritime Security Policy
  • Relevant international convention, codes, circulars and recommendations including those that may relate to piracy
    • The ISPS Code's Background
    • International Conventions
    • Initiations of IMO
    • SOLAS 74 Convention/Amendments
    • SOLAS 74- Chapter XI-2
  • Relevant government legislation and regulations
    • The Basic US legislation and regulations
    • EU legislation
    • Maritime Transportation Security Laws
    • Navigation & Vessel Inspection Circulars
  • Definitions
  • Handling sensitive security related information and communications
    • Identification of Information and Communication related to Security
    • Handling of security information and communication


Security Responsibilities
  • Contracting Governments
  • Recognized Security Organizations
  • Obligations of the Company
  • Obligations of The Ship
  • The port Facility
    • Obligations of the Port Facility
    • Port Facility Security in accordance with the Security levels
  • Ship Security officer
    • Who assign the Ship Security Officer
    • The duties of the ship security officer
  • Company Security Officer
    • Who assign the Company Security Officer
    • The duties of the Company security officer
  • Port Facility Security Officer
    • Who assign the Port Facility Security Officer
    • The duties of the Port Facility Security Officer
  • Shipboard Personnel with designated security duties
  • Port Facility Personnel with specific security duties
  • Other personnel


Ship Security Assessment and on-scene inspections
  • Risk Assessment Methodology
    • General requirements
    • Generic Maritime Risk Assessment Model
  • Assessment Tools
  • On-scene security survey
    • The aim of On-scene Security Survey
    • Basic points of On-scene security survey
    • Ship security assessments including On-scene Security Surveys
  • Security assessment documentation


Security Equipment
  • Security equipment and systems
    • Equipment of ship
    • Equipment of Port
  • Operational limitations of security equipment and systems
  • Testing, calibration and maintenance of security equipment and systems


Ship Security Plan
  • Purpose of the ship security plan
    • Definition of Ship Security Plan
    • What the Ship Security Plan should address
  • Contents of the ship security plan
    • Elements to be included in Ship Security Plan
  • Confidentiality issues
  • Development of the Ship Security Plan
    • Procedures for the Implementation of the Ship Security Plan
    • Procedures for Security Measures in a Ship Security Plan
  • Maintenance and modification of the Ship Security Plan
    • The Maintenance of the Ship Security Plan
    • The Modification of the Ship Security Plan


Threat Identification, Recognition and Response
  • Recognition on a non-discriminatory basis of persons posing potential security risks
    • 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
    • Terror Groups
    • Terrorist Organization List of U.S. Department of State
  • Recognition of threats due to impending piracy attack
  • 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
    • Restricted Items
  • Implementing & coordinating searches
    • Implementation of searches
    • Coordinating searches
    • Susceptive places for search in port facility
    • SSP examples for “Access Control”
  • Methods of physical searches and non-intrusive inspections
  • Techniques used to circumvent security measures
    • Techniques used to circumvent
    • Countermeasures
  • Crowd management and control techniques
  • The crowd management in passenger ship
  • Passenger guide in emergency situations
  • Muster List


Ship Security Actions
  • Actions required by different security levels
    • Level 1
    • Level 2
    • Level 3
  • Maintaining security of the ship/port interface
    • Requirements for the ship prior entering port
  • Usage of the Declaration of Security
    • Definition
    • Declaration of Security
  • Implementation of security procedures


Emergency Preparedness, Drills and Exercises
  • Contingency Planning
  • Security drills and exercises
    • Drills and exercises in port facility
    • Security incident scenarios
    • Drills and exercises on board
    • Examples of Drills and Exercises
  • 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
    • Responsible Personnel for training, drills and exercises
    • Knowledge and Training for CSO/SSO
    • Examples of Training
  • Instructional Techniques
Exam & Certification
  • Exam on “Company Security Officer”
  • “Company Security Officer” Certificate


Teaching Methods
  • Detailed seminar book (available for download)
  • No. of pages: 113



  • Reading lists and resources available in presentations



Study time allocation
  • Private study hours: 53
  • Trainer contact hours: Availability and competence of instructors upon request
  • Enrollment duration: 90 days (from the date of purchase)



  • CPD Points: 53
  • ECTS/ECVET Points: 1.8



Assessment methods


% contribution to final mark

% Minimum passing grade

Exam on Company Security Officers





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

170,00 € each

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