How to become an Aviation Protection Officer
If you’ve decided it’s time for you to change careers or increase your job prospects in the security industry, Congratulations!
The aviation industry is a great industry to work in – especially as a Security Officer and opens up many diverse work opportunities for people from all backgrounds.
What do you do as an Aviation Protection Officer?
Aviation transport protection officers:
- Screen people and items
- Control access to and exit from an airside security zone or landside security zone at an airport
- Screen articles by interpreting X-ray images
- Undertake emergency response action to a security threat
- Monitor computer alarm systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems and communicate by radio using mobile units to respond to alarms
- Watch for irregularities and report incidents to the appropriate authority
What kind of personal/physical attributes should you have?
- good hearing and eyesight
- display alertness, attention to detail and common sense
- be responsible and trustworthy
- have good communication and negotiation skills
- assertive with good interpersonal skills.
What minimum requirements are there?
- Valid issued Security Providers Licence
- Ability to successfully pass Drug screening and Medical assessments
- Ability to obtain an ASIC (Criminal history clearance in the past 10 years)
- Hold an unrestricted licence and have own reliable vehicle
- Availability to work on a 24/7 rotating roster
What course do you have to do?
Certificate II in Transport Security Protection
New recruits will need to complete a Certificate II in Transport Security Protection. The new qualification focuses specifically on security screening and examination in the maritime, aviation and air cargo sectors.
If you do not hold a current security providers licence, you will also need to complete a Certificate II in Security Operations course and gain your licence.
Each state and territory will have different requirements regarding licensing. Employers will also have different requirements for staff members depending on their SOP’s.