Certificate in Airside Operations


The ACI Certificate in Airside Operations provides participants with a broad understanding of airside operations at an airport.

Participants will develop an understanding of the various components of Airside Operations and how these components interact with each other to form an operational system.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various components of the Airside including Infrastructure, Facilities and People and understand how these components interact to form an operational system.
  • Explain why airports need a systematic approach to Safety Management and describe the various elements required to implement an effective safety management system at an airport.
  • Explore the various risks and hazard associated with aircraft ground operations at an airport and how they can be effectively managed
  • Describe the major aspects of Airport Emergency Management and how airports prepare and respond to airside emergencies.
  • Understand the importance of Airport Security Management and describe key airport security measures that are in place to protect the airside.
  • Describe the principle environmental impacts associated with airside operations and how these impacts may be successfully managed.
  • Describe Airport Council International’s safety performance indicators and how information sharing and industry collaboration is key to furthering safety.

Who Should Enrol?

  • Graduates and people looking for a job in the field of airport activities.
  • All new employees who require initial airside safety training as part of their induction process.
  • All current employees who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in airside activities.
  • Employees who wish to enhance their advancement opportunities and access management and leadership positions.
  • World Business Partners that wish to obtain an understanding of airside operations.

Course Content

The Certificate in Airside Operations course consists of the following seven modules:

Airside Infrastructure, Facilities and Personnel

  • Airside Regulations
  • The Manoeuvring Area
  • Airside Lighting, Signage, and Instrument Landing Systems
  • The Apron
  • Airside Support Buildings
  • Airside Perimeter
  • Airside Personnel

Safety Management

  • Basic Safety Concepts
  • Safety Management (components and elements)
  • Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Airside Operations

  • Introduction to Airside Operations
  • Aerodrome Operational Surfaces & Safety Areas
  • Aircraft Operations
  • Natural Hazards
  • Operational Hazards

Emergency Management

  • The Need for Emergency Management
  • Airport Emergency Response
  • Rescue and Fire Fighting Services
  • Disabled Aircraft Removal

Airside Security

  • Security Regulations
  • Airport Security Program and Airside Operations

Airside Operations and the Environment

  • Principles of Sustainable Development
  • Noise Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Local Air Quality
  • Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Management
  • Resource Management
  • Waste Prevention and Management
  • Environmental Management Systems

Industry Safety Performance Indicators

  • Safety Performance Measurement
  • ACI World Committees
  • Industry Collaboration


Each training module includes an integrated online assessment.

Candidates must successfully complete all module assessments to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course info

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 15 Hours
  • Level: Certificate
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$895.00 CAD