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).

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


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


  • 8-10 May 2018 (Fees £600 + VAT)
  • 12-14 June 2018 (Fees £750 + VAT)
  • 10-12 July 2018 (Fees £750 + VAT)

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.

Image sourced: U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Nathan Henise


For more information please contact

Claire Hesketh|Senior Support Administrator

University of Plymouth|Faculty of Business|Room 002 Mast House|Plymouth | PL4 8AA

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