Main IATA navigation

HomeTrainingSearch Courses

Security Management System - SeMS Competency Test

DescriptionPrices & RegistrationExam Schedule


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).

Course format

This course is available in e-textbook 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

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

Key topics

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

Download the course outline

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airlines and GSP security managers
  • SeMS managers
  • 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 an e-Certificate available for you to print for your records.

Exam information

Please read the General Information on Partner-taught / Self-study exams, and check the Course edition list for exams when booking your exam.

  • Exam Method: Online exam
  • Exam Format: Multiple choice questions (closed text book)
  • Number of questions: 50
  • Time Allowance: 1 hour
  • Passing Grade: 80% correct answers
  • Number of exam attempts: 2

Additional information

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

iPad package
Select any 4 Aviation Courses in e-textbook format and receive them with a free iPad.

Subject areas

Find related courses:


Our mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry

Additional information