QMII students learn the knowledge and skills required for fulfilling the roles of Vessel Security Officer, Company Security Officer and Port Facility Security Officer.

This USCG approved course satisfies the requirements for mariners seeking VSO/CSO/PFSO endorsements. Our training is based on real life situations, with workshops designed to offer practical experience and preparation for maritime security duties.

The ISPS Code requires establishment of ship and port facility security plans. The Code places responsibility for this squarely on the companies charged with the ship’s management and on the Contracting Governments where the port facilities are located. We offer ISPS training with various options to meet our clients’ needs.

You will learn how to:

  • Regularly inspect vessels to ensure security measures
  • Ensure maintenance, supervisions of implementation of the SSP/VSP and amendments to theSSP/VSP
  • Ensure handling and coordination of cargo, vessel stores and bunkers are compliant
  • Propose modifications to the SSP/VSP to the CSO
  • Ensure problems identified in audits and inspections get reported to the CSO and that corrective actions are implemented promptly
  • Ensure security awareness and vigilance on the vessel
  • Ensure adequate security training for vessel personnel
  • Ensure reporting and recording of security incidents
  • Ensure coordinated implementation of the SSP/VSP with the CSO and Facility Security Officer (FSO) when applicable
  • Ensure security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained
  • Ensure consistency between security requirements and proper treatment of vessel personnel affected by the requirements
  • Ensure TWIC programs are in place and implemented appropriately
  • Advise the level of threats likely to be encountered by the ship, using appropriate security assessments and other relevant information
  • Ensure that ship security assessments (SSAs) are carried out
  • Ensure the development, submission for approval, implementation and maintenance of the ship security plan (SSP or VSP)
  • Ensure ship security plan is modified as appropriate to correct deficiencies and satisfy security requirements of the vessel
  • Arrange for internal audits and reviews of security activities
  • Arrange for initial and subsequent verifications of the ship by the Administration or recognized security organization
  • Ensure that the deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews, security inspections and verifications of compliance are promptly addressed and dealt with
  • Enhance security awareness and vigilance
  • Ensure adequate training for personnel responsible for ship security
  • Ensure effective communication and cooperation between VSO and relevant FSO
  • Ensure consistency between security requirements and safety requirements
  • Ensure the plan for each ship reflects ship-specific information accurately when using sister-ship or fleet security plans
  • Ensure alternative or equivalent arrangements approved for a ship or group of ships are implemented and maintained

Because of our independence, you may bring your particular compliance, process and system concerns to class and the instructor will work to answer your questions as best as possible.

  • Mariners and shore-based personnel seeking USCG endorsements for CSO, VSO or PFSO
  • ISPS Lead Auditors
  • VSO
  • CSO
  • CSO
  • PFSO
  • Owners and Operators
  • Agents
  • Maritime Management Teams
  • Safety, Security and Quality professionals needing introduction to maritime management systems
  • Maritime Academy Attendees and Administration Staff (ask for our in-house training)


  • Lecture: Maritime Security Historic Perspective
  • Lecture: Maritime Security Policy
  • Lecture: ISPS Code Structure
  • ISPS Code Self Study
  • Lecture: Amendments to SOLAS
  • Lecture: ISPS Code Security Levels
  • Lecture: SSA SSP FSA FSP


  • Lecture: SSA SSP FSA FSP
  • Workshop: Assault Tactic
  • Workshop: Search Methods
  • Workshop: Means of Transport
  • Lecture: Auditing Maritime Management Systems
  • Workshop: Preparing ISPS Audit Plan
  • Workshop: Preparing a Checklist for SSA
  • Workshop: Preparing a Checklist for SSP
  • Preparing a Checklist for SSP
  • Lecture: Threat Analysis
  • Workshop: VSO Joining a Vessel
  • Lecture: CSO VSO FSO


  • Lecture: CSO VSO FSO
  • Workshop: Taking Over as CSO
  • Lecture: Recognizing Weapons
  • Workshop: Threat Identification, Recognition and Response–Film
  • Lecture: Crowd Management
  • Workshop: Security Equipment–Film
  • Workshop: PFSO Joining a Port
  • Workshop: Security Training–Film
  • Workshop: ISPS Audit Scenario 3
  • Workshop: ISPS Audit Scenario 4
  • Workshop: Auditing a Port Facility (Optional)
  • Class Wrap Up
  • MSO Exam

This three-day course for Vessel, Company and Port Facility Security Officers is certified by USCG and complies with the guidelines for Maritime Security Training Course providers as per Federal Register February 8, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 25) and meets the requirements of:

  • MTSA of 2002
  • USCG Regulations contained in 33 CFR part 104
  • STCW Code Chapter VI, Section A-VI/5 and Table A-VI/5
  • ISPS Code Clauses 13.1, 13.2 & 18.1 of Parts A and B
  • Course requirements for VSO, CSO & PFSO as per MTSA

This course is also certified by the Liberian Ship Registry (LISCR) as meeting the requirements for SSO training.