Our 12 day MSO training course combines the new industry standard City & Guilds Level 3 Maritime Security Operative (8269) course with the City & Guilds G4S Level 3 (7269) Maritime Security Operator course. It includes the Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) modules in line with the recommendations set out in the Department for Transport (DfT) guidance to UK flagged shipping on the use of armed guards to defend against the threat of piracy.


City & Guilds Level 3 Maritime Security Operative (8269) Fast Track 8269 Option... ) 

  • The Maritime Security Industry
  • Maritime Security Pre-deployment Planning and Procedures
  • Maritime Security Operating Procedures
  • Maritime Incident Management and Post Op Procedures

City & Guilds Level 3 Maritime Security Officer (7269) ,MCA ( Maritime and Coastguard Agency) approved modules

  • Ship Security Officer (SSO) covering:
    • Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and International Ship & Port Facility (ISPS) code, duties and responsibilities of the SSO, CSO and PFSO
    • Maritime threats, risk assessments, graduated security levels and contingency planning
    • Search plans, drills and training, instructional techniques, documentation and records
    • Best Management Practices (BMP) to counter piracy and guidance on the Rules for the Use of Force (RuF) expected of MSOs on board a vessel
  • STCW - Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • STCW - Personal Survival Techniques 
  • STCW - Elementary First Aid

Please Note: We DO NOT include the Fire Fighting or Fire Prevention STCW on our course.


On completion of the G4S MSO course delegates will be awarded the following qualifications:

  • City & Guilds Level 3 Maritime Security Operative (8269)
  • City & Guilds Level 3 Maritime Security Officer (7269)  
  • G4S  Level 3 Maritime Security Operator 
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques 
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • Ship Security Officer (Please note; candidates who have not completed 12 months Sea Service will be awarded a Proficiency in Designated Security Duties in lieu of the SSO certificate)

Experienced instructors

Our training team is predominantly made up of former UK Royal Marines personnel who bring a mix of operational expertise and professional qualifications to the design and delivery of our courses

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Course location

This comprehensive training package is conducted at our UK facilities in Herefordshire.

Career opportunities

Maritime Security Operatives fulfill a pivotal role in the maritime counter-piracy and terrorism arena and play an important part in the protection of International Ship & Port Facility (ISPS) certified vessels. G4S International Maritime Solutions, operating out of Djibouti, employs MSOs to conduct armed escorts of vessels and crew when transiting through high risk areas. This is done in full compliance with our standard operating procedures and rules of engagement.

G4S Maritime has a history of directly recruiting graduates from our MSO courses when positions are available and provides a platform for career progression within the maritime security industry. At the end of each course all delegates have the opportunity to submit their CVs to G4S Maritime for potential employment. Click Here G4S International Maritime Solutions   

Course fees

The course price is £2241.67 + VAT (£2690 incl VAT). This price is fully inclusive and covers accommodation, meals, instruction and exam fees.

Please note: ELCAS only pay 80% towards the Exam & Instruction fees and do NOT contribute towards food & accommodation.

G4S Risk Consulting Ltd is an Approved ELC Provider


The Maritime Security Operator (MSO) course has been approved by the MOD for ELC funding. If you are a Service Leaver, or have left the services within the last 10 years you may be eligible to apply. The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) is an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years. Please contact your re-settlement office or visit the ELCAS website for further information.

Benefits of G4S Maritime training

  • Potential employment as an MSO with G4S International Maritime Solutions
  • High quality instructors and training
  • Empathy with service leavers

Maritime Security Operator

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