Maritime Security Operatives (QCF) (8269)

Last Updated: 08 May 2014
Designed for individuals wishing to operate or currently operating as Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP). The Maritime Security Operative (MSO) qualification is the only Ofqual accredited qualification based directly on the new international standard for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs): ISO28007 [Guidelines for PMSCs providing privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships]. 

This qualification is based directly on the competencies in the ISO PAS 28007 and has also been mapped to the full training syllabus for ‘Personnel in Designated Security Duties’ (PDSD). The PDSD requirements, as laid down in the 2010 Manila amendments to STCW PDSD, represent approx.  25% of the total 8269 syllabus.

The qualification has been welcomed by the UK Government and the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), who have now stipulated that PCASPs who hold the 8269 MSO qualification do not need separate PDSD training when working on board British flagged ships; the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has accepted the UK's arrangements and notified other flag States to that effect.  The qualification also has the support of major shipping associations and the security industry (SAMI and SCEG).

The qualification is also suitable for those wishing to operate as an unarmed maritime security operative on board ships.
It is aimed at Maritime Security Operatives (MSOs) wishing to operate or currently operating as Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP).

It is an accredited, nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification, which allows military leavers access to CTP/ELCAS funds.
Available in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

The Level 3 Award for Maritime Security Officers covers four mandatory units:

1. Understand the Maritime Security Industry
2. Understand Maritime security pre-deployment planning and procedures
3. Understand Maritime security operating procedures
4. Understand Maritime incident management and post operational procedure

If you wish to work as a Maritime Security Operative, it is advisable to obtain this qualification to gain employment in this sector.

*An update will follow shortly relating to approval of this qualification, by the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), as also satisfying the syllabus for personnel in designated security duties (PDSD) as required by the STCW Convention (as amended in Manila 2010) Regulation VI/6.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Work as a Maritime Security Operative (alternative titles of job roles may exist

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified and experienced staff to carry out training and assessment.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

Anyone can take this qualification, however, we recommend that centres wishing to deliver the qualification advise learners that many employers will expect previous firearms handling experience to ensure progression to employment within the maritime security industry.

Level 3

Level 3 is ideal for anyone who already has previous military experience or police/security service experience involving firearms. You may already be working in the sector and wish to gain additional skills and knowledge mapped to the new ISO28007 standard and/or demonstrate your competence as an MSO by holding the qualification.

To achieve the certificate you must achieve 6 credits from the following four mandatory units:

1. Understand the Maritime Security Industry
2. Understand Maritime security pre-deployment planning and procedures
3. Understand Maritime security operating procedures
4. Understand Maritime incident management and post operational procedure

The Level 3 award gives you the opportunity to gain standardised and industry approved skills and knowledge to work as a Maritime Security operative.

It is an accredited, nationally-recognised qualification at Level 3 qualification, which allows military leavers to access CTP/ELCAS funds.

For full information about this course, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Work as a Maritime Security Operative (alternative titles of job roles may exist)

Award for Maritime Security Operatives (8269-03)

Last Registration Date: 30 Dec 2016

Level 3 Award for Maritime Security Operatives

  • Accreditation No: 600/9474/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: QCF This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 38 - 38 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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