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Company Security Officer (CSO)

About this course

  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 covers security both on board the ship and the interface between ship, operating company and port facility.

The background to the ISPS Code and relevant legislation introduce the course. The course then 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, the recognition and detection of weapons and the beneficial use of security equipment and systems are introduced. The need for training and drills are addressed 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.

The course concludes with a final written examination.

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 information




Oral questioning and practical assessment.


There are no specific prerequisites for this course, but those undergoing training should have sufficient knowledge and practical experience of merchant navy operations to enable them to achieve the objectives of the training and be able, if required, to undertake the duties and responsibilities of a CSO on completion of the training.

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