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Shipboard Security Officer Training Course



When the ISPS Code was introduced in 2004, most ships were required to have a Designated Security Officer, with the shipping company requiring to have a Company Security Officer. The training requirements for the Ship’s Security Officer have been included in the STCW as amended and require that the SSO maintains an effective security system on board.

Who is the Course Designed for?
Personnel on board who have been designated as the Ship Security Officer as per the ship’s security plan.


The candidates must have a minimum of 12 months seagoing service.


  • The Roles and Responsibilities of the Company and Ship Security Officers
  • The Responsibilities of Seafarers with Designated Security Duties
  • The Ship Security Assessment and Ship Security Plan
  • Reporting Procedures
  • Defensive and Protective Measures Including Searching People and Searching the Ship
  • Drills and Training
  • Anti-piracy Measures and Practices
  • Emergency Measures


  • To provide a course compliant with and meeting the requirements of the ISPS code
  • To meet the learning objectives set out in the IMO’s Model Course No. 3.19 and the guidelines issued by the UK MNTB


On the successful completion of the course, the candidate will achieve proficiency as a Ship Security Officer.

Course Duration

To complete the course it is estimated that 15 Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) are required for personnel designated as Ship Security Officers. Duties to complete the course: Guided Learning Hours include the time needed to follow the programme on the computer, plus time needed for additional reading and research as well as the time needed to complete the relevant Assignments.

Regulations Addressed

STCW regulation VI/5 paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5 paragraphs 1 to 4.

Mode of Delivery

This course is delivered using interactive e-Learning Computer Based Training (CBT). Students follow easy on-screen instructions to progress through the course. The program contains text with (optional) English language voiceover, still photographs, video clips, animations and interactive


The course consists of five modules with tests after each module and a final test. There are also assignments which must be completed in order to gain a certificate.

  • Introduction
  • Security - Organisation and Responsibilities
  • Security On Board - Planning and Management
  • Security On Board - Routine Defences
  • Emergencies


There is a multi-choice on-screen test to complete at the end of each module, and a final test.
There are also assignments where applicable for seafarers wanting to gain a certificate.
Produced with the assistance of:-
BSI Inspectorate
Ceres Hellenic Shipping
Enterprises Ltd
ChevronTexaco Shipping Company
European Commission
European Union Naval Force
(EU NAVFOR) Somalia
Hart Group Ltd
International Chamber of Shipping
International Maritime Organization
International Maritime Security
James Fisher & Sons Plc
The Japanese Shipowners'
The Maersk Company Ltd
P & O Nedlloyd Ltd
SPS Security
United States Coast Guard


A candidate who would like to gain a certificate must first enrol with Videotel. The candidate will need to submit all the necessary documentation and meet the minimum criteria in assessment. Make sure that you contact Videotel at the outset to find out the enrolment and certification process by e-mail to courses@videotel.com


For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at www.videotel.com