STCW, safety and security


Since the International Ship and Port Facility Code (ISPS) was agreed at IMO in December 2002, the issue of security amongst shipping and port industries has become of paramount importance, not least due to the rise of piracy in several areas of the world (eg, Gulf of Aden).

As a leading provider of training to the industry, Warsash Maritime Academy has developed a range of courses to meet the requirements of the code.

Both the Ship and Company Security Officer courses have been designed to meet necessary requirements and are formally approved by the MCA. The implementation of European Security Legislation now adds a further dimension to maritime security. We are also able to offer familiarisation courses and are developing security awareness training.

Does your ISPS certification comply?

As of 1 January 2014, new STCW 2010 requirements mean that all crew employed or engaged in any capacity on vessels to which the ISPS code applies will require approved security training.

This must be either the Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA), Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (PDSD) or a Ship Security Officer (SSO) certificate. The minimum requirement is the Proficiency in Security Awareness course. However if you are required, or may be required in future, to undertake designated security duties you must have the PDSD certificate, which also covers the PSA requirement.

For detailed course information and availability, please select the relevant course from the list below:

Proficiency in Security Awareness (STCW)

About this course

All seafarers employed or engaged in any capacity on ships or any other vessel to which the ISPS code applies who require a Proficiency in Security Awareness certificate but are not attending the Basic Safety Training Week, will need to attend this four-hour stand-alone course. 

This half-day course provides necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.

Upon completion, candidates should be able to demonstrate competence to:

  • Contribute to the enhancement of maritime security through heightened awareness
  • Recognise security threats
  • Understand the need for and methods of maintaining security awareness and vigilance.

Free with basic safety training

This course is NOT a part of the mandatory basic safety training courses (which include: Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Personal Survival Techniques, and Elementary First Aid). However, those who book all four courses within Basic Safety Training Week can attend the shorter version of the Proficiency in Security Awareness course at no additional cost, in which case this course is run within the five day Basic Safety Training Week.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. 

Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

About this course

This one day course is designed to give those undertaking designated security duties on board ship the essential education and training.

The programme meets the knowledge, understanding and proficiency (KUP) requirements set out in the STCW table A-VI/6-2, which supports Chapter XI-2 of the annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974, as amended and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

Course objectives

The five outcomes of the training will enable the student to:

  • Know why ship security is important and know the roles and responsibilities of the organisations and individuals involved
  • Understand what constitutes security risk, threat and vulnerability to the ship, its personnel, cargo and operations
  • Know the capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems
  • Know how to maintain the measures in a ship security plan and related requirements
  • Be able to maintain the effectiveness of security arrangements, procedures and equipment at the three security levels, taking into account their limitations.

Introduction to Maritime Cyber Security

About this course

With cyber security attacks an increasing threat to technology used not just in shore-based organisations, but also on board modern ships, the IMO issued guidelines relating to cyber risk management in June 2017. Ship owners and managers must incorporate these guidelines into their safety management systems by 1 January 2021.

This three-day course, in partnership with maritime security specialists Cyber Prism, offers the essentials of practical cyber security for shore and sea. The course is designed to enable seafarers and shore-based personnel to develop an awareness of cyber security threats, types of attack, and concepts and techniques used by attackers. 

Who is the course for?

All ship-and shore-based personnel who interact with IT and operational equipment.

Course content

The course introduces you to the IMO’s new cyber security guidelines, the EU’s NIS Directive and the ISO 27000 standards for information security. You'll evaluate the methods of protecting data, maintaining privacy and system integrity. You'll also explore computer system design and networks in relation to information technology and operational technology. You will gain a CISCO’s Introduction to Cyber Security certificate enhancing your continued professional development.

Day1: An introduction to cyber security.

Day 2: Practical applications for maritime operations.

Day 3: Information, technology and operational systems.