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Security X-ray Screening Operations (Classroom, 4 days)

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Did you know that in the past 5 years, 90 participants from 10 countries have taken this course with IATA?


Certify your staff for airport baggage, cargo, and mail facility screening according to European Commission regulations.

This course provides a solid foundation for new recruits to complement on-the-job training. Using our continuously updated simulation system, participants can practice their x-ray screening and threat detection skills in the safety of the classroom. Course materials comply with EC 185/2010 and EC 300/2008 and are taught by experienced IATA instructors.

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 4 days (32 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 Entry-level
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

There are currently no scheduled classes. Check back later for updates or contact us to arrange a class in your company.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Certify staff to perform x-ray screening
  • Certify staff in their field of specialization (baggage or cargo)
  • Train staff on the current threats to aviation security
  • Provide a practice environment to apply threat detection methodologies and screening skills

Course content

  • Background and Regulations
    • Aviation security history and current trends
    • Aviation security legislation
    • Explosives and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
  • X-ray Screening Skills
    • X-ray screening equipment and methods
    • Inner workings of screening equipment
    • Cargo and mail screening techniques
    • Health and safety using detection technology
    • Identifying weapons and IEDs in an x-ray
    • Screening packed luggage and cargo packages

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for entry-level security staff from:

  • Airports
  • Cargo companies
  • Security service providers
  • Law enforcement agencies using screening equipment
  • Mail and courier companies

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:

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About IATA Classroom Training
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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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