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Company Security Officer (Top Up Route)

About this course

This two day course allows holders of a current MCA approved ship's security officer certificate to achieve certification as a company security officer.

This course is intended to meet the requirements set out in sections A/2.1.7 and A/II of the ISPS Code and corresponding guidance in Part B of the Code and relevant UK legislation.

The course builds on security knowledge of shipboard operations and the interface between ship, operating company and port facility. It discusses the company security organisation, the roles of the CSO, SSO and PFSO, general security requirements, security administration, ship security assessments, risk management, security threats and patterns with the consideration of persons likely to threaten security.

The preparation of elements of a ship security plan, methods of physical searches and the beneficial use of security equipment and systems are addressed. The need for training and drills are covered including practical measures to achieve implementation. The importance for all personnel to be aware of and adhere to pre-planned emergency procedures is considered together with crowd management techniques. Security contingencies and appropriate responses are discussed and prepared.

Course delivery location

This course is 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. 

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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
Thursday 21 November 2019 Yes £645 Book
Thursday 27 February 2020 Yes £645 Book

Course information

Next available date

Thursday 21 November 2019


2 Days






Oral questioning and practical exercises.


Delegates must have satisfactorily completed an MCA approved ship's security officer course (21 hour duration) within two years of commencing this course. 


Delegates holding an MCA approved ship's security officer course certificate older than two years must have served as a ship security officer within two years of commencing this course. 

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