Unlike a dedicated Ship Security Officer employed by a shipping company, who will have been appointed the position by its Company Security Officer (CSO); a Security Consultant employed by a Security Company, (for example a short term security transiteer), does not need to have 12 months recorded sea going experience to be employed for such a position. However, during their time spent aboard ship, that consultant could easily accrue the necessary 12 months sea time to be able to apply for a full SSO certificate. This is a very easy process to follow; you simply need to provide evidence of 12 months sea time and once it has been witnessed we can then issue a full SSO certificate. The best bit is the full SSO certificate is free of charge!
Please Note: The SSO course is NOT an anti piracy course! What it does is provide individuals with a clear knowledge of how Ship Security is conducted, in particular an understanding of current security systems, procedures and terminology used throughout the industry. Another major benefit of attending the SSO course is it will give an individual credibility when he or she is employed aboard a vessel or High Value Asset.
In addition to the recommended SSO course we also suggest you take advantage of our free of charge one-day Anti Piracy course. This course highlights the problems ships and HVA’s currently face in the Gulf of Aden and the adjacent sea-lanes. It mainly centre’s around the Best Management Practice (BMP) 4, and looks at the threat and what happens if a vessel or HVA is pirated. The course also covers kidnap and ransom, which of course is always a possibility in these high risk areas! Therefore this course is ideal for ship crews, HVA crews as well as security personnel.
Frequently asked Questions on the SSO Course