All staff with unescorted access to identifiable secure air cargo will require training to some degree. This effectively falls into 3 distinct groups, those working for a Regulated Cargo Agent, those employed by a Known Consignor or drivers working under a Haulier Declaration.
There is a training syllabus specifically for Regulated Agents and their drivers (referred to as Levels : Cargo Aviation Security Principles-CASP, Cargo Operative-CO, Cargo Operative Screening-COS, Cargo Supervisor-CS & Cargo Manager-CM), with a separate syllabus for Known Consignors and their drivers (Known Consignor Modules 1 – 8). Exactly which staff receive which level or module is down to the specific company to decide based of their knowledge of the operation and the rules set in place by the CAA/DfT.
Over recent years there has been some confusion with certificate validity periods. However the safe rule is that all levels of training must be refreshed within two years. There is no period of grace following the expiry of a certificate, so once the training has expired the holder is required to re-sit the full course again. The only exceptions to this are the National X-ray Competency Test (NXCT) which must be repeated successfully within 13 months of the previous test; and the Cargo Manager level CM, which is valid for 36 months providing the holder has no direct involvement with the handling or screening of secure air cargo. If this is not the case and the manager is involved with the operation, the 24 month rule applies.