Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course

What is it?

The aim of this course is to give those seeking a certificate of proficiency as a Ship Security Officer the essential education and training as described in STCW table A-VI/5.

The course 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 (SSO).  The course programme also covers security administration, security requirements, security drills, security exercises, security protection, emergency preparedness and threats to maritime security

More information about our Ship Security Officer course can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

Who needs it?

The course is designed for superyacht crew and seafarers working on board private yachts or commercial vessels requiring qualification and employment as a Ship Security Officer.  NOTE: Those undertaking the training MUST have approved seagoing service of NOT LESS than 12 months.


Students should have conducted 12 months sea time or possess a sound knowledge of ship & maritime operations. Students who do not possess sufficient sea time but have other relevant experience (former Royal Marines or Royal Navy personnel) and wish to attend the course should contact the MCA for eligibility.

Former Royal Marines or Royal Navy personnel without any sea time may be enrolled on the SSO course and a certificate of attendance of SSO course (non STCW certificate) may be issued until sufficient sea time has been obtained.

How long does it take?

Three days.

Where can it be done?

On board your superyacht or commercial vessel or in our classroom in London.

When can it be done?

Courses are run on demand with no set dates. Contact us for further details.

Upon successful completion

Successful candidates will receive an internationally recognised STCW ISPS Ship Security Officer (SSO) certificate approved by the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Where can I obtain more information about the SSO course?

More information about our Ship Security Officer course can be obtained by CLICKING HERE.

Why Intrepid Risk? 

You will benefit from a course delivered by genuine experts with credible experience in maritime security ranging from cruise ships to tankers and container ships to superyachts. The course is run in an informative yet relaxed manner with a strong emphasis on interaction and learning. Furthermore, our team offers ongoing security advice long after the course has finished.

Our courses can be delivered at short notice anywhere in the world.