Aviation Security Operations Diploma



About the diploma

If you manage an airline, airport or cargo security operations, you have to work closely with numerous stakeholders on the job. This Diploma validates your understanding of the key players in aviation security: their organizational structure, operating procedures, and regulatory requirements. You will gain and expand your knowledge of security in a selection of operational areas.

Diploma code: DIPL-27

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:

  • Understand standard operating procedures for aviation security audits
  • Analyse threats and risks
  • Ensure compliance with aviation security requirements
  • Minimize your operational exposure through proper risk management techniques
  • Respond to security emergencies

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Key Topics

  • Aviation security background and current threats
  • International legislative aspects of aviation security
  • Introduction to risk management
  • Threat analysis and quality control
  • Aircraft, airport and cargo security
  • Risk assessment and contingency planning
  • Emerging technologies and techniques
  • Command and control of response to major incidents
  • Air mail security
  • Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and concealed weapons recognition
  • IOSA security standards and compliance

Who should attend

This Diploma is recommended for:

  • Managers involved in airport operations
  • Cargo services and operations managers with security responsibilities


Candidates must complete 3 Required courses and 1 Elective courses within three years.

A passing mark of 80% is required on all assignments and exams. A special distinction is awarded to candidates who obtain a distinction in all, or all but one, of all course exams and assignments that make up this Diploma.

How to obtain your diploma

  1. Complete all 3 Required and 1 selected Elective courses that make up the Diploma, within 3 years.
  2. Please contact us on our Customer Portal to request your diploma, stating the title of the diploma you are applying for and the list of courses you completed for that diploma.
  3. IATA Training will issue your diploma upon verification of your eligibility.

To receive the diploma candidates must complete

  • 3 Required courses
  • 1 Elective courses

Required courses

Elective courses

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Airport Operations - Advanced (classroom)

Practical knowledge to manage key airport operations efficiently and safely while meeting your stakeholders' operational requirements.

  • English
  • Español
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Airport Total Quality Management and Customer Service (classroom)

Learn how to develop a TQM strategy and quality culture that achieves organizational effectiveness across all airport operations.

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Behavioral Analysis and Predictive Screening Strategies (classroom)

Learn passenger security screening techniques that increase efficiency and throughput, including: questioning techniques and how to detect suspicious signs before making contact with a passenger.

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In-flight Security (classroom)

From minor in-flight incidents to bomb threats and hijacking situations, learn tested techniques to handle a range of passenger disturbances. Practice your response skills in a series of exercises.

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Passenger Assessment and Travel Document Checks (classroom)

Learn about machine-readable passports and ID cards, false documents, techniques for passenger assessment and exception handling.

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Passenger Data Exchange Programs (API/PNR) (classroom)

Working from the API-PNR Toolkit, the practical exercises in this course will help you understand the steps to building a data program in alignment with international standards.

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Recurrent Aviation Security Training (classroom)

This course covers the recurrent training requirements recommended by ICAO, EU, TSA, and other major security programs to help keep your organization compliant.

  • English
  • Italiano
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Security Audit and Quality Control (classroom)

Ensure your compliance with ICAO Annex 17 audit requirements, plus international and national security programs. Learn how to conduct audits and quality control across multiple security segments.

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