Maritime Security Training - MSO Course

3rg Training Ltd

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There has been and still remains some confusion around industry moves to introduce a definitively recognised Maritime Security Operator (MSO) qualification.

As background and in answer to general questions 3rg have recently received:

In January this year, the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) asked City & Guilds (C&Gs) to develop an MSO qualification based on the competencies in the new international standard for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs): ISO28007 [Guidelines for PMSCs providing privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships].

Despite this development, and agreement by key industry stakeholders some companies have still seen it fit to produce their own ‘MSO’ courses (one of the largest security industry companies have introduced their own City and Guilds level 3 Maritime Security Operator qualification, another has produced a course in conjunction with Edexcel).

On the face of it these would seem to be the same qualification or at the very least an equivalent course. A few points however in explanation:

1. Some of the courses produced are largely customised awards produced purely (and recognised purely) by the company themselves.

2. These ‘customised’ awards are not mapped against the learning outcomes for task specific training as described in the recently introduced industry standard ISO 28007.

3. The SCEG driven MSO (City and Guilds 8269 Maritime Security Operator) will be the only such qualification in Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework based directly on the knowledge and competencies in ISO 28007.

4. The development of the City and Guilds 8269 Maritime Security Operator course is agreed by all relevant industry stakeholders including – PMSC’s, MCA, DfT, FCO.

5. Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC’s) will be required to demonstrate the competence of their operatives both to their clients and when being audited as part of the ISO 28007 certification process. For this reason they will have to show their personnel have completed relevant training and therefore have a recognised qualification – i.e. City and Guilds 8269 Maritime Security Operator.

3rg are representatives and expert advisors for the development of the 8269 Maritime Security Operator qualification on behalf of SCEG and City and Guilds. 3rg’s aim is for service leavers to only have to complete relevant training for the task they are undertaking. We are also aiming to address current confusion so that personnel do not complete courses which will not subsequently be recognised.

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