Company Security Officer


Company Security Officer

The ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO) training course is aimed at senior operational ship managers who may be designated to perform associated duties and responsibilities


Delivered by industry specialist Mike Symons (M4S Maritime), this 3-day ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO) course is aimed at senior operational ship managers who may be designated to perform associated duties and responsibilities, as defined by sections A/2.1.7 and A/11 of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.


Key learning outcomes to the training are as follows;

Delegates will be able to undertake the duties and responsibilities of a Company Security Officer, identifying behaviour patterns of individuals likely to threaten security, detecting weapons and utilising security equipment and systems to ensure that ship security plans and associated documentation are maintained.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the ISPS Code
  • Evaluation of ship security vulnerability and threat assessment
  • Ensuring appropriate security measures are implemented and maintained
  • Understanding of maritime security policy to include mandatory rules and regulations
  • Security assessment techniques, questioning, evaluating, and reporting
  • Develop, maintain, and supervise the implementation of the ship security plan
  • Technical and operational aspects of security management of ship security equipment
  • Organisation of ship security audits and on scene security surveys and ship security plan management
  • Effective communications with shipboard staff, senior management, and flag administrations



Each ‘on-line’ tutorial session will be broken down into approximately 3 modules, each lasting approximately 45 minutes allowing for a short ‘Q&A Session’ followed by a 10-15 minute ‘Comfort Break’.

The nature of this training course involves all delegates and instructor(s) in an ongoing process of qualitative and quantitative assessment.

Between ‘on-line’ tutorial sessions, ‘Assignments’ will be set as homework which must be completed ‘individually’ or ‘by groups’ encouraging individuals to communicate with each other outside of the scheduled ‘on-line’ sessions. Individuals or their group will then present their answers from previously set ‘Assignments’ at a convenient point during the next scheduled ‘on-line’ tutorial session.


Delegates will be required to complete a written examination at the end of the training course.

Certificates will only be issued to those delegates who demonstrate 100% attendance and successfully achieving the required proficiency level.


Delegates should have the minimum as follows;

  • Have a minimum of 12 months certified sea service over the age of 18.
  • Evidence of competency at an operational management level within a marine organisation.
  • A good understanding of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS Code) and its application. 

Delegates should be fluent both in written and spoken English.



Special Requirements

Have access and be able to use Microsoft Teams Software for the purpose of the training course.