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



About the course

6-hour partner-taught or self-study course

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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Course code: TSCS-63

Course format

  • This is a self-study course, which will take you approximately 6 hours to complete, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.
  • The course materials are provided in e-book format.
  • You will have 12 months to complete the course and exam (enrollment validity), which starts from the date you purchase the course. After the enrollment validity expires, the users will not have access to the course content and will not be able to take the exam.
  • 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.

Recommended level

The recommended level for this course is Entry-level.

Study with the help of an Instructor

If you would prefer to study this course with the help of a local trainer, enrol at an IATA Authorized Training Center near you.

Registration information

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  • When you click to purchase the course, you will be directed to login to your Training Account through our Customer Portal. If you have previously taken a course with IATA, please have your login details ready, if not, you will be prompted to create an account.

Important: Please note that if you are purchasing courses for more than one person, a Training Account must be created for each individual. Registration and payment must be made through each individual Training Account. You may pay for multiple individuals by using one credit card or bank transfer in each individual’s users Account. If you pay by bank transfer, please attach a copy of the bank transfer issued by the sender’s bank to each individual order. If you are a company wishing to purchase courses for 10 or more employees, please Contact our Customer Service representatives for more information on how to register multiple users.


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

What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able 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
  • Enable you to track your SeMS proficiency development and identify areas of improvement, when taken on a recurrent basis

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • 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/assessment, you will be awarded a Certificate that you can print for your records.

Exam/Assessment information

Please read the IATA Training Unsupervised Online Examination Student User Guide for Partner-taught or Self-study exams.

  • Method: Unsupervised online exam The exam/assessment can be taken at any time at your convenience.
  • Format: 50 multiple-choice questions. Open textbook, with specific allowed resources that will be provided during the course (;; IOSA Standard Manual).
  • Time allowance: 1.5 hours
  • Passing grade: 80% correct answers
  • Number of exam attempts: 1

Important note: The exam/assessment should be accessed after you have completed the course module. Once you have started the assessment you can no longer access the course module.

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