Why should I take this course

This online SSO course has been written by MCA Certified Ship Security & Company Security Officers and covers the six Learning Outcomes required under the knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency (KUP) of the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in accordance with the ISPS Code.

About the course

The Online MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Proficiency as a Ship Security Officer (SSO) Course is delivered by our online training partner Virtual Training Centre.

Course Duration

Approximately 21 hours depending on reading speed divided into the three modules. You can go in and out of the course as often as you like as the course will record where you last left off.

Course Assessment

Candidates are assessed in Module 3 which consists of an online test made up of 60 randomized multi-choice or true or false answer questions and text matching exercises along with a short essay requirement. Candidates must achieve a pass mark of 70% to successfully pass this course.

Who should attend?

Those Ship’s officers who have been, or are likely to be appointed as the Ship Security Officers under the ISPS Code should take this Fully Online, MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Ship Security Officer Course.

Mandatory Course Prerequisites

A minimum of twelve months seagoing service on vessels over 80 gross tonnage or 24 meters is required to qualify for an STCW compliant Ship Security Officer Certificate. Any SSO Candidates without the required pre-course experience will receive an endorsed certificate of Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) which can be upgraded to an SSO qualification free of charge once evidence is obtained that the minimum seagoing requirement has been reached.

You and your organization's benefit

  • Take this course anywhere at any time
  • Online course approved by MCA
  • Relevant knowledge according to STWC requirements.
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Last updated December 10, 2018
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