Ships Security Officer (SSO) (MCA) - course

About the course 

Our course follows the ISPS Code, which is a comprehensive set of maritime security measures to enhance the safety and security of ships and port facilities against criminal, terrorist, espionage, and piracy threats. The ISPS Code 2004 update provides a standardised model of risk management that is internationally recognised. Designed in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, it is implemented through XI-2 SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) convention. 

The training and certification is in accordance with the learning objectives set out in Section A-VI/5 of the amended STCW Code and MNTB Guidelines, including: 

  • Maintain and supervise the implementation of a ship security plan. 
  • Assess security risk, threats and vulnerability. 
  • Undertake regular inspections of the ship to ensure appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained.
  • Ensure that security equipment and systems, if any, are properly operated, tested and calibrated.
  • Encourage security awareness and vigilance.


Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) STCW A-VI/5 Ship Security Officer (SSO).

Three days - £750

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


This qualification must be undertaken over a minimum of 3 days.


  • 31 July-02 August 2018
  • 04-06 September 2018
  • 02-04 October 2018
  • 30 October-01 November 2018
  • 04-06 December 2018
  • 08-10 January 2019

Entry requirements

Approved seagoing service of not less than 12 months or

At the discretion of the MCA-appropriate sea service (minimum three months) and knowledge of ships operations to enable them to achieve the objectives of the training.


An end of course exam will assess students.


Delivered on the University of Plymouth main campus.

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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