MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as Ship Security Officer Course

When you purchase this first of its kind, fully online and MCA Approved Ship Security Officer course, you will receive three fully-loaded modules that make up the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course. 

This online SSO course has been written by MCA Certified Ship Security & Company Security Officers, and covers the six Learning Outcomes required under the knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency (KUP) of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in accordance with the ISPS Code.

About the Online SSO Course:

Possibly the most informative, content-rich fully-online SSO courses, certified under the UK DfT Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) available anywhere. This course covers all the required subjects 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 course is fully approved and certified under the UK Department for Transport Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Target Audience:

To give 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 in the following STCW table, which supports 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.

Course Qualification:

Regulation VI/5, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended.

Pre-Requisites:

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.

Regulations Addressed:

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

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. The learner understands the importance of ship security and the roles and responsibilities of organisations and individuals involved in it.
  2. The learner knows how to assess security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations.
  3. The learner understands the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems.
  4. The learner knows how to implement a ship security plan and related regulatory requirements.
  5. The learner knows how to determine the effectiveness of current security arrangements, procedures and equipment.
  6. The learner understands how to promote security awareness and vigilance on board ship.

Online Course Structure:

The SSO course consists of:

  • Three separate stand-alone modules representing the course introduction, the six learning outcomes (two per module), and the final assessment & course feedback.
  • Confirmation questions after each section.
  • Downloadable Course Manual.
  • A Final Official Course Assessment.

Online Assessment:

There are multi-choice on-screen learning confirmation questions to complete at the end of each section, and a final randomised test. This test may be taken as often as required and the pass mark is 70%.

Course Duration:

The course lasts for approximately 21 hours (split into the three modules) depending on the learner’s abilities and reading speed. However, you can enter and exit this course as often as you require.

Mode of Delivery:

This course is delivered using interactive Learning Management System (LMS). Students follow easy on-screen instructions to progress through the course. The program contains text, still photographs, video clips and animations. The course is delivered 100% online with absolutely no requirement to attend a test centre.

Online Verification Requirements:

Learners are required to complete a simple online verification form which links from the course, where they will submit a scan of an official photo ID such as a passport, Seaman’s Book, CoC or similar. This is a requirement under the UK DfT MCA. Learners employed by a company or on-board ship must have an invigilator (Master, SSO, Officer) complete the simple online official invigilator form and submit it prior to the learner taking the final assessment. Please note: If the learner is not currently employed or on-board ship, they may request a waiver.

Course Certification:

Please refer to the Certification Tab.

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Subject

Online Course Subjects:

A subject-rich course meeting with the requirements of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).

  • The Development of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of relevant bodies and organisations.
  • The roles and responsibilities of Contracting Governments, Designated Authorities, and Recognised Security Organisations.
  • The Security Roles & Responsibilities of Crew and Port Security Personnel.
  • Measures and Procedures for Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels.
  • Recognition of weapons, dangerous substances and devices.
  • Recognition of persons who may pose a threat to the security of the ship.
  • Identifying techniques used to circumvent security measures.
  • The handling of Sensitive Security-Related Information (SSRI) and Communications.
  • Identifying security threats including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.
  • Declarations of Security (DoS).
  • The On-Scene Security Survey.
  • The Ship Security Assessment (SSA).
  • The Ship Security Plan (SSP).
  • The provisions for maintaining security.
  • Criteria for setting Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels under the ISPS Code.
  • Actions to prevent weapons, dangerous substances and devices being brought on board.
  • Guidance and measure for Anti-Piracy and Anti-Armed Robbery.
  • Responses to Emergency Situations including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.
  • Physical Searches & Non-Intrusive Inspections.
  • Crowd Management & Control Requirements.
  • Crew Training, Emergency Drills & Exercises.
  • European Commission (DG MOVE) and European Maritime Safety Agency.
  • Port and Flag States.
  • UK DfT Maritime Security and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
  • Recognised security organisations and limitations in their use.
  • The shipping Company.
  • Masters Authority and Discretion for Ship Safety and Security.
  • Authority of the Duly Authorised Officer (DAO).
  • The legal implications for seafarers and security personnel.
  • The requirement for the provision of the ship identification number (SIN), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) and Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).
  • The purpose and control of the continuous synopsis record (CSR).
  • The purpose and use of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).
  • And Much, Much More …
Certification

Official SSO Course Certification:

The online SSO Course is fully approved by the UK Maritime & Coastguard and is internationally recognised and accepted.  It includes the 2010 Manila Amendments and conforms to Regulation VI/5, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended, and incorporates the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) and the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) as laid down in Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code.

Notification of Course Completion & Course Certificate:

You must notify us upon completing your course, including all requested paperwork. The official Certificate is emailed to you within 24 hours of us receiving and opening your email. Requests for official certificates sent on Friday after 1500 hrs GMT will be processed the following Monday (excluding Bank Holidays). Please refer to our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

Hardcopy Certificate:

A hardcopy, embossed version of the online certificate can be requested and will be posted to your address free of charge (SSO Courses only). All three SSO Course modules must be successfully completed, paperwork received, and the assessment passed to receive your official MCA Approved Certificate.

Demo

Course Demo:

You can view a free demonstration of the SSO modules 1 to 3 by clicking on the relevant following hyperlink:

https://courses.vtcelearning.online/demo-sso-programme-module-1

https://courses.vtcelearning.online/demo-sso-programme-module-2

https://courses.vtcelearning.online/demo-sso-programme-module-3

Please note that the content you can view has been restricted and this demonstration of the module is to present you with a ‘taste’ of the modules themselves. To view all the content in these modules, you can purchase using the options provided on this page.

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Online Course Subjects:

A subject-rich course meeting with the requirements of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB).

  • The Development of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of relevant bodies and organisations.
  • The roles and responsibilities of Contracting Governments, Designated Authorities, and Recognised Security Organisations.
  • The Security Roles & Responsibilities of Crew and Port Security Personnel.
  • Measures and Procedures for Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels.
  • Recognition of weapons, dangerous substances and devices.
  • Recognition of persons who may pose a threat to the security of the ship.
  • Identifying techniques used to circumvent security measures.
  • The handling of Sensitive Security-Related Information (SSRI) and Communications.
  • Identifying security threats including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.
  • Declarations of Security (DoS).
  • The On-Scene Security Survey.
  • The Ship Security Assessment (SSA).
  • The Ship Security Plan (SSP).
  • The provisions for maintaining security.
  • Criteria for setting Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels under the ISPS Code.
  • Actions to prevent weapons, dangerous substances and devices being brought on board.
  • Guidance and measure for Anti-Piracy and Anti-Armed Robbery.
  • Responses to Emergency Situations including Maritime Piracy & Armed Robbery against Shipping.
  • Physical Searches & Non-Intrusive Inspections.
  • Crowd Management & Control Requirements.
  • Crew Training, Emergency Drills & Exercises.
  • European Commission (DG MOVE) and European Maritime Safety Agency.
  • Port and Flag States.
  • UK DfT Maritime Security and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
  • Recognised security organisations and limitations in their use.
  • The shipping Company.
  • Masters Authority and Discretion for Ship Safety and Security.
  • Authority of the Duly Authorised Officer (DAO).
  • The legal implications for seafarers and security personnel.
  • The requirement for the provision of the ship identification number (SIN), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) and Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).
  • The purpose and control of the continuous synopsis record (CSR).
  • The purpose and use of the Long-Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT).
  • And Much, Much More …

Official SSO Course Certification:

The online SSO Course is fully approved by the UK Maritime & Coastguard and is internationally recognised and accepted.  It includes the 2010 Manila Amendments and conforms to Regulation VI/5, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/5, paragraphs 1 to 4 of the STCW Convention and Code 1978, as amended, and incorporates the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) and the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA) as laid down in Regulation VI/6 and Section A-VI/6 of the STCW Convention and Code.

Notification of Course Completion & Course Certificate:

You must notify us upon completing your course, including all requested paperwork. The official Certificate is emailed to you within 24 hours of us receiving and opening your email. Requests for official certificates sent on Friday after 1500 hrs GMT will be processed the following Monday (excluding Bank Holidays). Please refer to our Terms & Conditions of Sale.

Hardcopy Certificate:

A hardcopy, embossed version of the online certificate can be requested and will be posted to your address free of charge (SSO Courses only). All three SSO Course modules must be successfully completed, paperwork received, and the assessment passed to receive your official MCA Approved Certificate.

Course Demo:

You can view a free demonstration of the SSO modules 1 to 3 by clicking on the relevant following hyperlink:

https://courses.vtcelearning.online/demo-sso-programme-module-1

https://courses.vtcelearning.online/demo-sso-programme-module-2

https://courses.vtcelearning.online/demo-sso-programme-module-3

Please note that the content you can view has been restricted and this demonstration of the module is to present you with a ‘taste’ of the modules themselves. To view all the content in these modules, you can purchase using the options provided on this page.

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