Tuesday 28th May, 2013City and Guilds launch new MSO 8269 Maritime Security Operators Course About these qualifications 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]. The qualification is also suitable for those wishing to operate as an unarmed maritime security operative on board ships. *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. Who are they for It is aimed at Maritime Security Operatives (MSOs) wishing to operate or currently operating as Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP).