Vessel Security Officer (ALAVTC-573)

Official Title
Vessel Security Officer (ALAVTC-573)
Master/Mate Seafarer Pathway

This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for personnel who are assigned responsibilities as Vessel Security Officer (VSO) to perform their duties in accordance with the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the IMO ISPS Code, and U.S. Coast Guard regulations contained in 33 CFR Section 104. The course aim is also to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for knowledge, understanding and proficiency in Table A-VI/5 of the STCW Code and the mandatory training requirements in 33 CFR Part 104.

This course is delivered online, via Zoom.  Final exam must be proctored in person and exam must be completed no later than two weeks after completion of the course.

Exams can be proctored at four sites in Alaska. Test must be scheduled with the facility before testing date. The list of approved testing facilities is below.

  • AVTEC, Seward
  • Kenai Peninsula College, Homer
  • University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan
  • University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau 


Training Times
M-F 0800 to 1600
Training Days
Training Hours
Training Dates
Cost of Course
Room and Board
Total Cost