Potential security screeners - frequently asked questions

I want to work as a screener at an airport. What do I need to do?

To work as a screening officer at an airport you must satisfy Australian Government qualification and training requirements.

All screening officers must hold a:

  • Certificate II in Security Operations, or
  • Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection delivered by a Registered Training Organisation, and
  • complete the approved training and assessments.

The minimum training and qualification requirements for screening officers are specified in the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2004, regulation 5.06.

The Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection is a screening officer-specific qualification. It is recognised as at least equivalent to Certificate II in Security Operations. The qualification comprises:

The qualifications are delivered by approved Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).

You should contact the airport you wish to work for to discuss their requirements and available positions before enrolling in any training.

All screening officers must hold a valid aviation security identity card (ASIC).

How do I find a suitable registered training organisation (RTO)?

The RTOs that have been approved to deliver the Certificate II in Security Operations and the Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection are listed at www.training.gov.au.

The Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection qualifications can only be delivered by RTOs which have an agreement with a screening authority (almost always the airport) to conduct training and assessments in a live screening environment.

You should confirm with the airport that you wish to work at that your qualification will be acceptable to them.

How much will this training course cost me?

The cost of training depends on the RTO you choose to enrol with. Costs vary between RTOs due to the numbers of screeners they train and the cost of the equipment they use for training.

I would like to work at a regional airport as a screener. Do I need to do some training to do so?

Yes. You will need to satisfy the same requirements as screening officers who work in capital city airports do.

I am a qualified screening officer—do I need to have a different qualification to do my job?

You do not need to have a different qualification as the Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection is recognised as at least equivalent to the Certificate II in Security Operations.

Who do I contact if I have a question about the training and qualifications of screening officers?

Contact the Department of Home Affairs, Aviation and Maritime Security Division by emailing guidancecentre@homeaffairs.gov.au.