Port Facility Security Officer - 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.

Plymouth University'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 2004 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 + VAT

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 January 2018
  • 7-9 February 2018
  • 7-9 March 2018
  • 11-13 April 2018
  • 2-4 May 2018
  • 6-8 June 2018
  • 4-6 July 2018

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.

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