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Security Audit and Quality Control (Classroom, 5 days)

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Ensure your compliance with industry-wide security audit requirements.

Learn the essential airline and airport security audit requirements in ICAO Annex 17 in this advanced-level course. Become proficient in a wide range of industry standards, with in-depth reviews of international and national security programs. Gain the skills to conduct compliant audits and quality control across multiple security segments.

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


  • Participants should have at least two years of experience in an aviation security management role
  • Recommended level is Management and Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Jan 27 - Jan 31, 2020 - Italy, Milan (PRO-HST)
6 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Conduct airport security audits
  • Implement quality control processes such as checklists and communication of results
  • Understand ICAO requirements and apply them to your audit programs
  • Apply surveys and inspections to maintain quality in security operations

Course content

  • Aviation security background and legislation
    • Global aviation security regime structure
    • International aviation security conventions
    • ICAO Annex 17
  • Audit programs
    • National civil aviation security programs
    • ICAO Universal Security Audit Program
  • Security surveys – evaluating security needs and highlighting vulnerabilities
    • Surveys for airports
    • Surveys for airlines
  • Auditing security segments
    • Airport security
    • Passenger terminal
    • Ground security
    • Baggage security
    • Cargo security
    • Human factors and aviation security training
  • Security Management Systems (SeMS)
    • Core elements
    • Human factors

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Aspiring auditors/validators requiring qualification
  • Airline and airport security managers preparing for an audit
  • National aviation security regulators
  • Law enforcement personnel in airport operations
  • Ground handling or security provider staff

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 participant obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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

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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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