Security Management System - SeMS Competency Test (partner-taught or self-study)



About the 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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Course code: TSCS-63

Course format

  • This course is available in e-book format with an online exam.
  • This course requires approximately 6 hours of study to be completed in 12 months from the purchase date (enrollment validity). After the enrollment validity expires, the users will not have access to the course content and will not be able to take the exam.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination. Please refer to the Exam Information below for more details.


  • Participants should have prior knowledge of a Security Management System

Registration information

Important: Please note that if you are purchasing courses for more than one person, you must create a User Account for each individual. Registration and payment must be done through each User Account. You cannot use one User Account to purchase courses for multiple individuals. However, you may pay for multiple individuals by one credit card or bank transfer through each individual’s User Account. If you pay by bank transfer, please attach a copy of the bank transfer issued by the sender’s bank to each individual’s order. If you are a company wishing to purchase courses for 10 or more employees, please Contact Us for more information on how to register multiple users.


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

What you will learn

Successful completion of this test will:

  • 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
  • Enable you to track your SeMS proficiency development and identify areas of improvement, when taken on a recurrent basis

Course content

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

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airlines and GSP 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 exam, you will be awarded a Certificate available for you to print for your records.

Exam information

Please read the General Information on Partner-taught / Self-study exams.

  • Exam Method: Non-supervised online-based exam. The exam can be taken at any time at your convenience.
  • Exam Format: Multiple-choice questions. Open textbook, with specific allowed resources that will be provided during the course (;; IOSA Standard Manual).
  • Number of questions: 50
  • Time Allowance: 1.5 hours
  • Passing Grade: 80% correct answers
  • Number of exam attempts: 1

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