SSO - Ship security officer training course - Orcas Associates, Security Specialists

SSO - Ship security officer training course


SSO course overview

Our SSO training course will allow you to work professionally in an on-board security role. It is approved by the MCA, and is suitable for you if you are about to serve, or already serve, as a safety representative.

The comprehensive, three-day course is led by Orcas Associates' joint founders. Between them, they have more than 50 years' experience through service in the British Royal Navy's Royal Marines and the British Army's Special Air Service (SAS).  More about our team.

What you'll get from the course

All commercial yachts over 500GT must have International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code certification, as well as a qualified SSO.

You will learn how to plan crew training, establish a ship security plan, carry out assessments and address threats from piracy. As a result, you'll achieve a good understanding of risks to shipping and how to manage them.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a MCA approved Ships Security Officer Certifcate.

Prerequisites and equipment

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have a minimum of 12 months' maritime experience on vessels of more than 80GT or 24m.
  • You should provide your own laptop and be proficient in MS Word & Powerpoint

Course content

Our SSO training course covers:

  • the role of the SSO, including responsibilities and duties
  • the ISPS Code and the interface between ship, fleet operator and port facility
  • how to design training and exercises for crew
  • how to plan and implement drills
  • how to carry out a ship security assessment (SSA)
  • role of the the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)
  • on-board security, security plans and searches
  • emergency procedures, crowd management and contingency planning
  • anti-piracy, including the global situation, terminology, equipment, techniques and tactics.

Price and location

Our three-day SSO training course costs  £550.00 It takes place in Colchester. The course starts at 09:00 and ends at 18:00 each day.

The course price includes all safety equipment, materials and assessment fees. Accommodation is not included, but we can arrange this for you at an extra charge. Please contact us to find out more.

Course start dates

Dates Location Availability
TBC Colchester Enquire - Minimum 4 students required

How to book

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SSO Training course

14th - 18th October 2013

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