Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)


Persons occupying or likely to occupy the functions of security officer of port facilities.


Upon successful completion of this course, the applicant must be able to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Port Facility Security Officer as defined in Section A/17.2 of the ISPS Code and which include, without the list being exhaustive:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive initial port facility security study taking into account the relevant port facility security assessment;
  2. Ensure the development and updating of the port facility security plan;
  3. Implement the port facility security plan and conduct exercises to that end;
  4. Conduct regular security inspections of the port facility to ensure that security measures remain appropriate;
  5. Recommend and incorporate necessary changes to the port facility security plan to address deficiencies and update the plan to reflect relevant changes affecting the port facility;
  6. Increase safety awareness and vigilance of port facility personnel
  7. Ensure that personnel responsible for the security of the port facility have received adequate training;
  8. Report to the appropriate authorities and maintain a record of events that threaten the security of the port facility;
  9. Coordinate the implementation of the port facility security plan with the appropriate company and vessel security officer(s);
  10. Ensure coordination with public security authorities;
  11. Coordinate with public safety authorities;
  12. Ensure safety equipment is properly used, tested, calibrated and maintained
  13. Assist the Vessel Security Officer in confirming, upon request, the identity of persons seeking to board the vessel


32 hours


ISPS code and decree of 17 June 2004


Safety/Control Objectives. Duration: 6 hours.

– Safety concept.

– International and European regulations.

– National legal system.

Threat assessment/risk awareness methodology. Duration: 5 hours.

– Port facility security assessment methodology.

– Communication, information.

– Training/awareness of security measures.

Prevention of illegal acts. Duration: 10 hours.

– Recognition of dangerous weapons, substances and devices.

– Techniques used to circumvent security measures.

– Security incidents.

– Physical search and non-invasive inspection method.

Ships. Duration: 3 hours.

– Description of the different types of vessels,

Port Facility Security Plan. Duration: 5 hours.

Crisis management. Duration: 3 hours.

– The different types of crises, their characteristics, the means to be implemented.

– The mission and organization of government services.


Le Havre and Marseille


The speakers are experts in their field of competence and qualified in accordance with the decree cited in reference


PFSO training is validated and certified when the candidate has demonstrated that they have met the minimum proficiency standard. A written or computer exam is used to check the knowledge.


The certification/attestation rate for this internship is 100%.
The training certificates are dematerialized, and accessible directly on your sailor portal as soon as the successful follow-up of the training.
These certificates have a validity of 12 months, period allowing you, via the appropriate CERFA, to renew your certificates with Maritime Affairs.


When asked about their training at the ENSM, the trainees expressed satisfaction at 98.93% (2023)


1 300€