Introduction to Security Management Systems and Security Culture

Introduction to Security Management Systems and Security Culture

5-days (09:00 - 10:30 BST) | Online Virtual Training (WebEx)
  • Only an £85 administration fee
  • Online virtual training (WebEx)
  • Designed and delivered by UK CAA Aviation Security experts
  • Learn to develop and maintain an effective SeMS
  • Learn the tools and techniques to measure the security culture in your organisation.
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Exclusive AvSec webinar by the UK CAA

As part of our commitment to supporting your learning and development in a COVID-19 environment, we are pleased to announce a series of AvSec online training webinars.
The 90 minute daily sessions, spread over five days, will give you the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques and best equip your AvSec skillset for when air operations resume.

This course will provide delegates with an understanding of the value of the SeMS model developed by the UK CAA. Delegates will explore how each of its chapters can be applied with a particular focus on security culture – what it is, what the benefits of security culture are, and how it can be embedded.

An active learning approach is taken by examining the experience of creating a safety culture in aviation and what security practitioners can learn from this. Delegates will also be given tools and techniques to measure current security culture in their organisations.

This course has been developed by UK CAA experts to reflect and build on the current best practice and guidance available from ICAO.

The webinars will take place for 90-minutes each day between 15-19 June 2020. Each webinar will start at 09:00 (UK time).

  • London: 09:00-10:30
  • Kuwait City: 12:00-13:30
  • Bangkok: 16:00-17:30
  • Singapore: 17:00-18:30
  • Canberra: 19:00-20:30
To support the aviation community during these challenging times, this exclusive webinar series has been discounted to just £85.00 per attendee.

Who should attend?

  • Civil Aviation Authorities and appropriate Government bodies
  • Security Compliance Managers
  • Cargo Security Managers & Site Security Representatives
  • IFS Company and Site Security Managers
  • Accountable Managers
  • Security Consultants
  • Training Managers
  • Security Managers in aviation or other related industries

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • SeMS and how to apply its principles in the work environment
  • The value of an organisation having SeMS in place
  • What a security culture is and how it fits into wider organisational aims and objectives.
  • The practices, tools and techniques that can foster a positive security culture.
  • How security culture can be measured.
  • The role an effective security culture plays in mitigating risks

Course objectives

By the end of this course delegates will demonstrate an understanding of the following through presentation and interactive discussion:

  • Delegates will understand the value and importance of a SeMS approach.
  • Delegates will explore each Chapter of the UK CAA SeMS and the tools and techniques for embedding each.
  • Delegates will learn about the importance of security culture by examining previous aviation security incidents in order to give real, practical understanding of why a positive security culture is important.
  • Delegates will discuss the elements that make up a security culture and explore how the extensive work that has been done in the aviation safety sphere can benefit aviation security.
  • The course will provide delegates with practical tools to both benchmark current security culture within their organisations and techniques and best practices for enhancing and maintaining a positive security culture.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Further reading

ICAO Annex 17: Safeguarding international civil aviation against acts of unlawful interference
Of critical importance to the future of civil aviation and to the international community at large are the measures taken by ICAO to prevent and suppress all acts of unlawful interference against civil aviation throughout the world. SARPs for international aviation security were first adopted by the ICAO Council in March 1974, and designated as Annex 17 to the Chicago Convention.

Promoting and supporting the introduction of Security Management Systems (SeMS) across the industry
The UK CAA and Department for Transport have jointly published two SeMS guidance documents; a SeMS Framework and a separate note for Accountable Managers. This guidance sets out how organisations in the aviation sector should develop their security management systems.

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In-company delivery?

We can also tailor this training courses to suit an organisation’s individual training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered in the UK or at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Cost Availability Book
Web Introduction to Security Management Systems and Security Culture (Virtual) 15/06/2020 19/06/2020 £85.00 More than 5 places Book

Introduction to Security Management Systems and Security Culture – Virtual Training

Introduction to Security Management Systems and Security Culture – Virtual Training

Kevin Sawyer

Introduction to Security Management Systems and Security Culture – Virtual Training

Kirsty Wells

Kevin Sawyer

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Introduction to Security Culture

Kevin has 18 years of experience working in regulatory roles in the transport sector. Kevin has been working for the UK CAA since 2014, primarily in Aviation Security regulation but also in General Aviation and most recently as aviation security lead in CAAi. Prior to joining the UK CAA, Kevin spent 12 years with the Department for Transport in a variety of security-related roles ranging from compliance, policy, strategy and head of personnel security and vetting. Kevin has significant experience of working on a number of high-profile security events and polices both domestically and internationally with a focus on risk management and has an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management.

Kirsty Wells

Security Management Systems

Kirsty has 14 years of experience working in the Aviation Industry, namely within Aviation Security, Business Resilience and Emergency Planning. Kirsty joined the UK CAA in 2015 as the Security Management Systems (SeMS) Aviation Security Manager and more recently the senior role of SeMS Programme Lead. She has been leading the UK CAA development and progress of SeMS since that time, collaboratively working with both Industry and International partners. Kirsty has been participating in the continued roll out of SeMS in the UK, looking at the area of a Performance-Based Oversight approach for the UK CAA. Kirsty has played a key role in the development of the SeMS training, delivering this both within the UK and Internationally.

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