Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies

ACI - Airport Security Operations

The ACI Airport Security Operations course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the role that the airport plays in aviation security and identify measures that are appropriate to participants’ threat environment. 

Course Benefits

By the end of this course students will be able to: 
  • Understand the challenges faced by airports in regards to security
  • Identify areas for improvement in processes and facilities
  • Identify options for implementation of measures

Who Should Attend

  • Airport managers and personnel with security and facilitation responsibilities  
  • Civil aviation security regulators

Course Outline

  • Composition of an airport security programme
  • Assessing threats, risks and vulnerabilities
  • Use of information and intelligence
  • Importance of security culture
  • Protecting equipment
  • Terminal design for security
  • Protecting the landside
  • Managing passenger flows for security
  • Surveillance equipment and lighting
  • Perimeter protection
  • Patrolling
  • Access control
  • Airport pass management, credentialling and background checks
  • Measuring results and implemeting a quality management system
This interactive course involves multiple simulation exercises on security planning and threat assessment in addition to managing simulated airport threats. 

Course Prerequisite (s)

1. Must hold a supervisory or management security position in a civil aviation airport  

2. Must have a minimum of one to two years’ experience in the field of airport security  


All candidates must submit their Curriculum Vitae (i.e., short resume outlining supervisory and managerial experience including time-frame and responsibilities). This programme is intended for security supervisors and managers nominated by a senior executive of their organization.