Proficiency as Ship Security Officer

This course covers the mandatory training requirements for the issue of a Certificate of Proficiency as Ship Security Officer as set out in Regulation VI/5, Section A-VI/5, Table A-VI/5 of the STCW 1978, as amended.
On successful completion of this course, the participants will acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency to undertake the duties and responsibilities of a Ship Security Officer, as defined in section A/12.2 of the ISPS Code, which include, but are not limited to the following.

Undertake regular security inspections of the ship to ensure that appropriate security measures are maintained, maintain and supervise the implementation of the Ship Security Plan, coordinate the security aspects of the handling of cargo and ship’s stores with other shipboard personnel and with Port Facility Security Officers, report to the Company Security Officer any deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews, security inspections and verifications of compliance, enhance security awareness and vigilance on board, ensure that adequate training has been provided to shipboard personnel, report all security incidents, coordinate the implementation of the Ship Security Plan with the Company Security Officer and the Port Facility Security Officer, and ensure that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained.

Course Intake Limitations:

Maximum 30 students per course.


All training and instructions will be delivered by properly qualified lecturers who have the qualifications specified in MSN 25/2016 issued by the Director General of Merchant Shipping, Merchant Shipping Secretariat, Sri Lanka.

Course Type

Full Time

Course Commencement Dates

1 course per month (as per monthly schedule /on demand)


3 days

Entry Requirements

Participants for this course shall:

  • Have followed a Proficiency in Security Awareness Training or Seafarers with Designated Security Duties training course
  • Have approved seagoing service of not less than 12 months or appropriate seagoing service and knowledge of ship operations
  • Be serving on board at Management or Operational level

All participants should have a valid medical certificate issued in accordance with STCW Reg. 1/9, Section A-1/9.