MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as Ship Security Officer

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3 days

About the Online SSO Course:

This 100% Online UK DfT MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course fully complies with the knowledge, understanding and proficiency as instructed by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) and is key to ensuring that those persons performing the role of the Ship Security Officer fully understand their duties and responsibilities.

Awarding Body:

This online SSO course is fully approved and certified under the UK Department for Transport Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and meets with Regulation VI/5, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended. Ship Security Officer certification incorporates both the Security Awareness and Designated Security Duties certification.

Target Audience:

To provide those seeking a certificate of proficiency as a Ship Security Officer the essential education and training meeting the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency (KUP) requirements set out by the STCW supporting Chapter XI-2 of the annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.


Those undertaking the training must have either:

  • 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. If this is the case, then the learner must provide proof of such.

Learners without one of the above may take the SSO Course but will receive PDSD Certification until such a time as they can demonstrate the relevant sea time, at which point we will upgrade their certification free of charge.

Regulations Addressed:

The International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) Code, STCW Table A-VI/5.

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GBP 560.00 ex. VAT

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