What Training Is Required?

The Department for Transport (DfT) in the UK is responsible for Air Cargo Security legislation and procedures. This is defined in UK and EU law. The DfT also specify the training sylabus required by the legislation. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is responsible for industry compliance with the regulations.

TrainingTeam Offer all aspects of Air Cargo Security training to meet these requirements, and TrainingTeam instructors hold the necessary DfT instructor approvals to deliver the specified training.

Regulated Agents and Drivers

Note : Levels A to G were replaced with a new Regulated Cargo Agent syllabus from 01 January 2015

Level CASP – Cargo Aviation Security Principles & Drivers (½-day)    ~     (Formerly Level A & B)

For persons requiring general security awareness within air cargo, including drivers with specific responsibility for the safe transport of secure air cargo by road. Training must be drawn from the relevant parts of modules 1 – 6 of the Regulated Agent training syllabus.

Level CAP – Cargo Aircraft Protection  ~    (Formerly Level C)

Level CO – Cargo Operative  (1 day)    ~    (Formerly Level D)

For staff implementing security controls for air cargo or mail at a regulated site, specifically those working in the warehouse of a regulated agent need training drawn from the relevant parts of modules 1 – 10.

Level COS – Cargo Operative Screening : Hand Search (1 day)    ~    (Formerly Level E : Hand Search)

This level is intended for agent’s staff undertaking screening of air cargo or mail by hand search and must have training from the relevant parts of modules 1 – 10, 11 & 13. Following a short theory session all students will be required to demonstrate their understanding and ability to physically examine items of air cargo.

Level COS – Cargo Operative Screening : X-ray (1 day)    ~    (Formerly Level E : X-ray)

As with Level E Hand Search, this level also comprises all the modules of level D. X-ray screening tuition is only offered as an in-house course and for those already holding Level E – Hand Search. Following a theory session in the classroom all students will be required to operate the x-ray machine demonstrating their understanding and ability to use the various functions available to aid the operator make an informed decision on the items being screened.

Level CS – Cargo Supervisor (1½ days)    ~    (Formerly Level F)

For supervisors of staff qualified up to and including Level COS, or staff who have day-to-day responsibility for implementing Air Cargo Security procedures. Supervisors are required to have a comprehensive understanding of the air cargo regime and the requirements of operating a ‘Regulated Site’. Such staff require training drawn from the relevant parts of modules 1 – 20 of the syllabus.

Level CM – Cargo Manager (2 days)    ~    (Formerly Level G)

For the appointed person responsible for air cargo security at a ‘Regulated Site’ as nominated in a company Security Programme. The session focuses on the responsibilities of the Security Manager, setting procedures, establishing audit trails and achieving the standards set by the EU, CAA & DfT. A further responsibility of a Security Manager is the preparation and maintenance of a Security Programme. Guidance on the contents and format required will be discussed during this course.

Known Consignors :

Modules 1 – 7 :

  • Aviation security – threat & mitigation
  • The threat to aviation
  • Aviation security – organisation & legislation
  • Principles of the air cargo regime
  • Prohibited Articles
  • Recognition of explosives & incendiary devices
  • Methods of concealment
  • Protecting air cargo
  • Responding to threat warnings & prohibited articles
  • Making cargo secure
  • Secure transportation ~ Site
  • Secure transportation ~ Drivers
  • The consignment security certificate


Module 8 :

  •  The role of the responsible person