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Airline Security Operations Optimization (Classroom, 5 days)

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Did you know that in the past 4 years, 171 participants from 42 countries have taken this course with IATA?


Learn to access the right information to make the right decisions in your security operations.

Airlines need to be aware of not only the latest security regulations for them, but also of airport security operations, and how they affect their business. This course takes a close look at industry regulations and best practices to help you understand, analyze and prevent threats.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-house training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Management
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2020 - Switzerland, Geneva (IATA)
4 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand and maintain airline security operations in compliance with international regulations
  • Apply best practices in your security planning
  • Understand the international aviation security legal framework

Course content

  • Background and Regulations
    • Aviation security background and current trends
    • Legislative aspects of aviation security
    • Security Management Systems (SeMS)
  • Security Concepts
    • Introduction to risk management
    • Threat analysis
    • Quality control
    • Crisis management
  • Security Operations
    • Aircraft security
    • Airport security
    • Contingency planning

Download the course outline


  • Security planning exercises - threat analysis and risk assessment
  • Impelmentation planning exercise

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Security managers and supervisors at airlines and airports
  • Law enforcement officers in airport security
  • Civil aviation authority representatives

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 80% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

Additional information

About IATA Classroom Training
We train more than 10,000 aviation professionals annually through our global network of IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partners, and in private in-house sessions. Our 300+ classroom courses are developed using IATA’s unique industry insight and delivered by IATA Instructors, experts in their fields. More

Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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