For who

Persons liable to be named as Port facility security Officer.


Following successful completion of this course, the candidate shall be able to perform the functions and responsibilities of the port facility security officer as defined in section A/17.2 of the ISPS Code, which include, but are not limited to, the following :

  1. carry out 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 this effect ;
  4. Conduct regular security inspections of the port facility to ensure that security measures remain appropriate ;
  5. Recommend and incorporate the necessary amendments to the port facility security plan to rectify deficiencies and update the plan to take into account relevant changes affecting the port facility ;
  6. Increase security awareness and vigilance of port facility personnel
  7. Ensure that the personnel responsible for the security of the port facility have received an adequate training ;
  8. Report to the competent authorities and keep a record of events that threaten the security of the port facility ;
  9. Coordinate the implementation of the port facility security plan with the relevant company and ship security officer(s) ;
  10. Ensure coordination with the public authorities responsible for safety ;
  11. Ensure that the standards applicable to the personnel responsible for the security of the port facility are met ;
  12. Ensure that safety equipment is properly used, tested, calibrated and maintained
  13. Assist the ship security officer in confirming, upon request, the identity of persons seeking to board the ship .


32 hours


ISPS Code and decree of 17 June 2004


Aims of Safety/Regulations. Duration: 6 hours.

– Security concept.

– International and European regulations.

– National legal system.

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

– Methodology for the port facility security assessment.

– Communication, information.

– Training/awareness on security measures.

Prevention of unlawful acts. Duration: 10 hours.

– Recognition of dangerous weapons, substances and devices.

– Techniques used to bypass 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, actions to be implemented.

The mission and structures of the Government services.


Le Havre

Teaching staff

Staff members are experts in their field of competence and qualified in accordance with the order cited in reference

End of course exam

PFSO training is validated and certified when the candidate has demonstrated that he or she has met the minimum standard of competence. A written or computer-based exam is used to test knowledge.

Certification/STATEMENT issuance rate

The certification / attestation issuance rate for this training is 100%


1 300€

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