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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 Univab


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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