AVSEC Instructors

​Please note that there is a difference between an ICAO Aviation Security (AVSEC) Instructors Course and the ICAO Certification Process for AVSEC Instructors.


The ICAO AVSEC Instructors Course teaches AVSEC experts the “Art of Teaching” AVSEC courses and a certificate of attendance is handed out at the end of the course to all participants. The participants can then return to the State equipped with the knowledge to teach an aviation security subject matter course in their native language. However, the participants of this course are not “certified” as AVSEC instructors. Each Member State is responsible for certifying their own AVSEC instructors, in line with Annex 17 Standard.

The ICAO Certification Process for AVSEC Instructors is administered under a two-phase blended learning approach. The online segment (Phase I) will provide the participants with the administrative knowledge required to conduct ICAO AVSEC training. Each participant is required to complete this segment and must pass the progress and mastery tests in order to advance to the classroom segment.


The five-day classroom segment (Phase II) covers the instructional techniques (theoretical and practical) from the ICAO Instructor Competency Framework and takes into consideration the specific requirements of the Implementation Support and Development Security (ISD-SEC) Programme. Each participant will be required to complete all classroom evaluations, which include a progress test and a mastery test in each module. Participants must also complete a subject-matter expertise written examination which is based on Annex 17, ICAO Aviation Security Manual (Doc 8973 - Restricted) and ICAO training material.


Only participants who pass Phase I, Phase II and the SME test, will be recognized as an ICAO certified AVSEC Instructor. Participants who attain this recognition will be called upon by ICAO to deliver AVSEC training within the ASTC Network and/or as part of ICAO AVSEC assistance projects. The release of ICAO certified AVSEC instructors by States, in support of ICAO training and capacity-development activities, is considered a significant contribution to the ICAO AVSEC Programme. Therefore, it is essential that each nominee has the support and endorsement of the State’s Appropriate Authority, as well as their current employer, if not the same, to be released for short-term assignments.


The Implementation Support and Development Section (Security) manages the cadre of instructors and facilitates the certification process only when ICAO has a need to add instructors to the cadre. When the certification process is held, participants must pass an AVSEC Subject Matter Expertise test at the beginning of the course and an Instructors Skills test at the end of the course. Certifications are generally valid for up to 3 years. 
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