Security for Airport Executives


Welcome to the Airports Council International Security for Airport Executives course.

Effectively managing security is an important step in ensuring the well-being of the airport industry and in protecting the travelling public.

This course is designed to provide airport executives and managers with guidance and best practices on the management of security including why security is important, its potential impacts and the risk it poses to airport operators.

The course provides an overview of aviation security considerations and describes best practices and regulatory considerations including global aviation standards and recommended practices.

This course is not intended to provide the knowledge and skills of a security professional. Rather, it is intended to provide a high-level understanding of the security issues that may affect the operation of an airport.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of Security culture
  • Describe the global aviation security environment
  • Describe the international organizations involved in the regulation of the
    security of international civil aviation
  • Explain the threats to civil aviation including:
    • Current threats
    • Non-traditional threats
    • Cyber terrorism
  • Explain the foundation of security risk management in aviation
  • Understand the importance of management of change with regards to threat and the operational environment
  • Explain the concept of “unlawful interference with aviation”
  • Describe the difference between crime and “unlawful interference with
  • Identify the key elements of security organization structure
  • Recognize the importance of financing security
  • Understand how to integrate security into airport processes and infrastructure including:
    • Airport and terminal design
    • Security technology
  • Understand the role of internal quality control
  • Recognize the importance of human factors in security
  • Understand the importance of emergency management and contingency planning


The ACI Security for Airport Executives course covers the following topics:


Defining Safety and Security

Security Culture

Establishing a Security Culture

Security Risk and Threat

Security Risk Management
Understand activities or assets and establish context
Identify Risks
Assess Risks
Evaluate Risks
Residual Risks
Monitor, Report and Review

The Global Aviation Security Environment

Aviation Influencers
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Airports Council International (ACI)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Airport Organization and Programmes

Components of Aviation Security Management
The role of Airport Security Manager


Funding of Aviation Security Measures

Airport Security Design

Security considerations and Airport design

Recruitment, Selection and Staff Training

Recruitment, Selection and Staff Training

Quality Control

Quality Management System or Security Management System (SeMS)

Human Factors in Security

Human Capabilities and Limitations

Contingency Planning

Anticipate and Mitigate events
Crisis Management
Business Continuity


This course includes an integrated online assessment. Candidates must successfully complete the assessment to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course info

  • Duration: 1 Hour
  • Language: English
  • Level: Short Course
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$95.00 CAD