Security Management System - SeMS Competency Test (self-study)



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About the course

Self-study Test Guide and Competence Test

IATA Security Management System - SeMS Competency Test aviation training course

The SeMS Competency Test is an industry benchmark of Security Management System (SeMS) knowledge. Supported by examination guidelines, the Competency Test establishes a harmonized way of assessing the SeMS compliance of individuals (SeMS Managers, IOSA security auditors) through a standardized, objective and transparent validation mechanism (compliance check). Over the past ten years, IATA has developed tools to support SeMS implementation, including IOSA guidance, SeMS training and the SeMS Manual, which are key to the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program.

The results of this assessment could be used for qualifications check during recruitment; quality control; or to design an individual professional development plan (including IATA offering). It can also help to professionalize SeMS related positions by linking the assessment results with job roles (SeMS/security managers, security supervisors, auditors, instructors).

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Product code: TSCS-63

Product format

  • This is a self-study Competency Test, which includes a Test Guide with links to additional resources. It will take you approximately 6 hours to complete, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.
  • The Test Guide is provided in e-book format for you to download.
  • You will have 12 months to complete the preparation and test (enrollment validity), which starts from the date you purchase the product. After the enrollment validity expires, the users will not be able to take the test.
  • Please refer to the Test Information below for more details.


Recommended level

The recommended level for this course is Intermediate and Advanced.

Registration information

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Please click to buy the e-book below, which includes the Test Guide booklet and the SeMS Competency Test.


USD 112 (e-book)
USD 160 (e-book)

What you will learn

This self-study Test Guide and Competency Test will enable you to:

  • Validate your mastery of core SeMS elements
  • Validate your ability to track, self-assess and report SeMS implementation in an organization
  • Contribute to harmonizing the level of SeMS expertise across the industry
  • Track your SeMS proficiency development and identify areas of improvement, when taken on a recurrent basis

Course content

The key topics that are covered in the Test Guide, additional reading and Competency Test include:

  • SeMS core principles
  • Quality control and assurance
  • Security Risk Management
  • Continuous SeMS improvement

Who should attend

This test is recommended for:

  • Airlines, Airports and External Service Providers security managers
  • SeMS managers
  • Candidate Security Auditors for IOSA
  • Security Auditors (including IOSA/ISAGO security scope)
  • Industry senior and middle level security supervisors

Certificate awarded

Upon successful completion of the test, you will be awarded a Certificate that you can print for your records.

Competency Test information

Please read the IATA Training Unsupervised Online Examination Student User Guide.

  • Method: Unsupervised online exam. The Competency Test can be taken at any time at your convenience
  • Format: 50 multiple-choice questions
  • Time allowance: 1.5 hours
  • Passing grade: 80% correct answers
  • Distinction: 90% correct answers. Please note that a distinction grade is required to become an IOSA SEC Auditor.
  • Number of exam attempts: 1

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