Security Training

Port Manatee offers a host of security training courses and is the country’s only seaport approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to teach Facility Security Officer (FSO) training. The port offers a number of facility security training courses that comply with all International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.

These modular courses were developed to meet the training requirements outlined in 33 CFR 205, 210 and 215.

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FSO Training is January 14, 15 & 16, 2020. 

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There are five options:

Facility Security Officer (FSO) (3-day, offered quarterly)

The FSO Certification course has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and fully meets the training requirements outlined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code section B 18.1 and the implementation regulations of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 105 — fully complying with U.S. Coast Guard training requirements.


MTSA for First Responders (2-day, offered quarterly)

Maritime Security for Military, First Responder, and Law Enforcement Personnel

This 16 hour program is intended for law enforcement personnel who perform Port Security duties and was developed to meet the training standards published by the U.S. Maritime Administration, meets the requirements of 33 CRF 105.210 and ISPS Code B 18.2 and is specifically tailored for response personnel. A certificate will be issued to attest to the completion of the training.


MTSA Security Awareness (half-day, mornings only)

MTSA/ISPS Familiarization for Facility Personnel Training

The MTSA/ISPS Familiarization module was developed to meet the professional training requirements outlined in 33CFR 105.215. This 4-hour seminar provides a basic understanding of the regulations, crime prevention and how facility personnel support security operations at the facility. The session is a pre-requisite for security personnel training. A certificate will be issued to all individuals completing this course.


MTSA Security Plan Auditing (full-day, in-depth training on the auditing process)

This 8 hour course was created to provide information on the requirements and process of auditing Facility Security Plans as required under MTSA regulations. This course supplements the Facility Security Officer course by providing in-depth training specifically on the auditing process.


Port Security Personnel (Personnel with Security Duties) Training

This 4-hour Security personnel training meets the professional training requirements for persons filling positions in seaport security outlined in current Coast Guard regulations.



To register for training, please contact David St. Pierre, Director of Seaport Security,
or (941) 722-6621