Proficiency as Ship Security Officer

About this course

 The threat of attack from pirates and terrorists is a very real one for superyachts passing through global waters that are designated as high risk areas.

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.

Course delivery location

From September 2018, this course will be delivered from Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please refer to your joining instructions for information of where to report to when you arrive. 

Southampton city centre map

Getting to Solent University

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.


Course availability and booking

Date Places Fee Book
Yes Enquire
Monday 30 September 2019 Yes £755 Book
Monday 18 November 2019 Yes £755 Book
Monday 24 February 2020 Yes £755 Book
Monday 27 April 2020 Yes £755 Book
Monday 1 June 2020 Yes £755 Book

Course information

Next available date

Monday 30 September 2019


3 Days






Practical assessment and examination.


At least 12 months’ seagoing experience and knowledge of yacht operations.

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