Aviation Security Screening Diploma

About the diploma

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 learning 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.

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Diploma code: DIPL-64

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able 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 security checkpoint
  • Be operational in a variety of aviation security contexts

Key Topics

  • Fundamental security awareness and operations
    • The threats to civil aviation
    • Access control principles – people and vehicle
    • Security measures to passengers, cargo, mail and catering
  • X-ray Screening operations
    • Aviation security legislation
    • Meeting the threat – explosives and improvised explosive devices
    • X-ray screening equipment principles
    • Threat recognition and detection
    • Health and safety
  • Supervision and Management
    • Security checkpoint design
    • Recruiting screeners
    • Building a training program

Who should attend

This Diploma is recommended for:

  • Entry-level security agents to built up to junior managers
  • Recently recruited security staff from airports and other aviation organizations with security departments


Candidates must complete 2 Required courses and 2 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

  • 2 Required courses
  • 2 Elective courses

Required courses

Aviation Security Awareness (partner-taught or self-study)

An introduction to the security measures and regulations you need to know to work responsibly in the industry.

Security Checkpoint Management (classroom)

Evaluate the capabilities and limitations of your technology and team against the IATA-ACI Security and Egress Project criteria to increase efficiency in your screening operations.

  • English

Elective courses

Air Cargo Security (classroom)

Threat assessment and planning techniques to help your business comply with recent changes to air cargo security regulations.

Aviation Security Train the Trainer (classroom)

Learn how to design lesson plans and instructional aids based on performance objectives. Gain practical experience by preparing and presenting short lessons during class.

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.

  • English

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.

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