Port Facility Security Officer (DfT) - course

About the course

The International Ship and Port-Facility Security (ISPS) Code specifies that the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) is responsible for the development, implementation, revision, and maintenance of the Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP). The PFSP outlines the required measures to prevent the unauthorised access of people, weapons and contraband into port, and provide for a safe and sterile working environment for international shipping operators.

University of Plymouth's PFSO course follows the framework of the ISPS Code, and is approved by the Department for Transport. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • execute the PFSO responsibilities in accordance with the ISPS Code and national requirements
  • manage and revise port facility security plans
  • coordinate effective search plans and security operations
  • understand the ISPS code 2012 security levels and implement actions accordingly
  • develop, maintain and review port facility access control
  • conduct port security assessments and threat analyses.

The course is designed for any security officer with overall responsibility for port security under Department for Transport guidelines.


Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) (DfT)

Three days - £750

In-house training options also available, please call us for more information.


This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of three days.


  • 10–12 December 2018
  • 14–16 January 2019
  • 11-13 February 2019
  • 1–3 April 2019
  • 8–10 July 2019
  • 30 September–2 October 2019

Who should attend

The course is designed for any security officer with the responsibility of overall port security with the Department for Transport guidelines.


Attendees will undertake a 40 question multiple choice examination at the end of the course.


Delivered on the University of Plymouth main campus.

The University of Plymouth is an approved Department for Transport (DfT) and Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) training provider

All Port Facility Security Officers (PFSO) and Ship Security Officer (SSO) must be certified by an approved training provider.

View us on the DfT's list of approved training providers

Apply for this course

To book onto this course please visit our eStore page.

To find out any further information, or to apply to one of our other CPD courses, please contact the Dartmouth Centre for Seapower and Strategy at seapowercentre@plymouth.ac.uk