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Glasgow Martime Academy delivers the ship security officers course every alternate week


Course Duration: 3 days


Course dates: See below or Click here. If you need last minute slots please call us.


Course Eligibility:  Candidates should have 12 months Sea Time or a knowledge of ship operations. Students who dont have enough sea time but have other experience (ie: RN Staff) and wish to join the course can contact the MCA for eligibility.  Please see MCA details below:


Ex- Marines / RN Staff without any sea-time may be enrolled on the SSO course and a certificate of attendance of SSO course ( non STCW format certificate) may be issued.


If a candidate has some sea time and they wish to obtain an STCW certificate, then they may apply to Seafarers Training Branch , MCA HQ, Southampton, with evidence of their sea service and experience. Each application will be considered on its merit and a dispensation for a portion of the sea time 'may' be issued.


Course fee: £ 700 /-


Course Description


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) accredited, 3-Day Ship Security Officer (SSO) course is designed specifically for individuals who wish to either gain more knowledge in their current maritime security field, or wish to move into maritime security as a Ship Security Officer (SSO). The SSO Course is fully-comprehensive and information-packed and instructed by certified Maritime Security Training Specialists, approved by the MCA, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).


This course is for anyone who wants to work as a Shipboard Security Officer on board a Merchant Navy vessels.  It conforms with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter XI - 2, the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.


The aim of this course is to certify the Course Candidate as a Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) accredited STCW ISPS Ship Security Officer following the ISPS Code and provide them with the relevant STCW ISPS Certification.


Course Content


This course is specifically designed for crew who may encounter a security or safety problem as they transit hostile environments and adverse conditions.

It includes an introduction to the background of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), the roles of the Company Security Officer (CSO) and Ship Security Officer, security requirements and security administration.

The programme covers security drills, security exercises, crowd management techniques, security protection and emergency preparedness.


Students will become proficient in:


Ship security assessments and audits


Creating ship security plans


Ship and port facility security measures


Recognition of behavioural patterns of people likely to threaten security


Detection of weapons


Testing and calibration of security equipment and systems


Contact Us


To enquire use the form on the right or contact


Kiera on


Tel. 0044-1415542248



Ship Security Officer Course - MCA Approved

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Ship Security Officer Course - MCA Approved

Course Dates           Availibility


02.07.2019               YES

16.07.2019               YES

13.08.2019               YES

20.08.2019               YES

03.09.2019               YES

17.09.2019               YES

15.10.2019               YES

29.10.2019               YES

12.11.2019               YES

26.11.2019               YES

03.12.2019               YES

17.12.2019               YES

Course Dates           Availibility


14.01.2019               YES

28.01.2019               YES

05.02.2019               YES

19.02.2019               YES

05.03.2019               YES

19.03.2019               YES

02.04.2019               YES

16.04.2019               YES

14.05.2019               YES

28.05.2019               YES

04.06.2019               YES

18.06.2019               YES


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