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Security Audit and Quality Control (Classroom, 5 days)



Ensure your compliance with industry-wide security audit requirements.

Learn the essential airline and airport security audit requirements in ICAO Annex 17 in this advanced-level course. Become proficient in a wide range of industry standards, with in-depth reviews of international and national security programs. Gain the skills to conduct compliant audits and quality control across multiple security segments.

Available as: Classroom & In-Company course
Duration: 5 days (40 hours)
Recommended level: Professional & Management
Prerequisites: Participants should have at least two years of experience in an aviation security management role.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Conduct airport security audits
  • Implement quality control processes such as checklists and communication of results
  • Understand ICAO requirements and apply them to your audit programs
  • Apply surveys and inspections to maintain quality in security operations

Course content

Aviation security background and legislation

  • Global aviation security regime structure
  • International aviation security conventions
  • ICAO Annex 17

Audit programs

  • National civil aviation security programs
  • ICAO Universal Security Audit Program

Security surveys – evaluating security needs and highlighting vulnerabilities

  • Surveys for airports
  • Surveys for airlines

Auditing security segments

  • Airport security
  • Passenger terminal
  • Ground security
  • Baggage security
  • Cargo security
  • Human factors and aviation security training

Security Management Systems (SeMS)

  • Core elements
  • Human factors

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  • Final exam

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 80% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participant obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Who should attend

  • Aspiring auditors/validators requiring qualification
  • Airline and airport security managers preparing for an audit
  • National aviation security regulators
  • Law enforcement personnel in airport operations
  • Ground handling or security provider staff


Additional information

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