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Aviation Security Screening Diploma

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Designed to give newly recruited security staff a clear career path in aviation security, this diploma prepares trainees to work in access control, x-ray screening and checkpoint supervisory roles.

An introductory course taken via distance teaches the current security issues and practices in aviation. Three classroom courses build screening skills according to EU regulations using simulation programs, real x-ray images and equipment. Trainees are also given further options to focus their skills in passenger screening, air cargo screening or aviation security training.

What will you learn

This diploma prepares you to:

  • Identify common weapons and assess security threats
  • Perform access control duties, applying industry compliant security measures
  • Perform basic x-ray screening operations and read x-ray images
  • Operate screening equipment such as x-ray machines and trace detectors
  • Supervise a team and operations at a security checkpoint
  • Be operational in a variety of aviation security contexts

Key subjects

Security awareness and operations

  • Threats to civil aviation
  • Access control principles for people and vehicle
  • Security measures for passengers, cargo, mail and catering

X-ray screening operations

  • Aviation security legislation
  • Explosives and improvised explosive devices
  • X-ray screening equipment principles
  • Threat recognition and detection
  • Health and safety

Supervisory and management

  • Security checkpoint design
  • Recruiting screeners
  • Building a training program for new recruits

Elective components

Choose to focus on one of the following specializations:

  • Passenger Security
  • Air cargo security
  • Instruction and training

Who should attend

  • Recently recruited security staff from airports and other aviation organizations with security departments
  • Entry-level security agents looking to become mid-managers


Additional information

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