Training organisations - frequently asked questions

I am a training organisation interested in delivering the Government's aviation protection officer qualification—what do I need to do?

The training and assessment for the passenger or non-passenger screener and checked baggage screener roles must be undertaken by a registered training organisation (RTO). You will need to seek advice from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to either become an RTO or, if you are already an RTO, to undertake the extension of scope process to deliver the Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection.

As part of this process, ASQA will refer you to the Department for additional information. This includes the requirement for you to demonstrate a relationship with a screening authority or airport that will allow you access to an airport for training and assessment, and the documentation and procedural information for developing your training resources.

I am a RTO currently delivering the Certificate II in Security Operations and want to extend my scope to deliver the Government's aviation protection officer qualification—what do I need to do?

You will need to apply to ASQA for an extension of scope to deliver the Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection qualification/s prior to developing training resources.
Note: The requirements of some units of competence require access to airports and, for 4 of the units, the national assessment tool must be used.

As part of the process, ASQA will refer you to the Department for additional information. This includes the requirement for you to demonstrate a relationship with a screening authority or airport that will allow you access to an airport for training and assessment, and the documentation and procedural information for developing your training resources.

The Department will accept a 'letter of support' from a screening authority or airport as a basis for providing an RTO with access to the National Assessment Tool. This access is needed for an RTO to develop the training resources required for the ASQA extension of scope audit and approval process.

You will only gain access to the additional information required to develop your training resources, from the screening authority or airport through this mechanism.

I do not have a relationship with an airport—what do I need to do to deliver the Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection?

You will need to contact an airport and seek their cooperation for you to be able to deliver the Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection.

I am a new RTO—what are the set-up costs for delivering the Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection?

You will need to make that determination as you look into the required practical simulated training exercises in addition to e-learning and desktop or classroom training costs.

I am an RTO that has been delivering the Certificate II in Security Operations for some time—can my graduates still work in Australian airports?

Yes. Your graduates will have the required qualification to work as security guards at Australian airports. They will also be able to work as screening officers if they meet the minimum training requirements as specified in regulation 5.06 of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2004.

How will the transition work and what are the arrangements for recognition of prior learning and current competency?

As you will see when you compare the units of competency within the Certificate II Security Operations and the Certificate II Aviation Transport Protection, there are a number of units which are the same. You will have to make an assessment as to the competence of those students in these 'shared' units when determining their recognition of prior learning and current competency status.

Who do I contact in the Department 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.