Security Management Systems (SeMS)

2-day course | Virtual, Classroom & In-company
  • Classroom courses in London Gatwick
  • City & Guilds Assured course
  • Designed and delivered by UK CAA Aviation Security experts
  • Learn to develop and maintain an effective SeMS
  • Apply SeMS and it’s principles to your organisation
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08/02/2023 Online £779.00 Only 2 places remaining Book
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Course overview

What is a Security Management System?

“A Security Management System (SeMS) is there to proactively develop and maintain an effective oversight and quality assurance process within your organisation. It is about taking a systemic approach to managing security risks, in ways which serve to instil security in the routine daily activities of an organisation and indeed its very culture.” Peter Drissell, Director of Aviation Security at the UK CAA.

Course Overview

This course provides the fundamentals of how to develop and maintain an effective Security Management System concept developed by the UK CAA.

A Security Management System will allow:

  • Security risks to be managed at the right level, overseen by company boards;
  • Activities to be measured to provide management information on security performance;
  • People within an organisation who are accountable for maintaining rigorous security standards to have access to sufficient and reliable performance data; and
  • A culture that promotes high-security standards throughout the company.

A SeMS achieves this by providing an organised, systematic approach to managing security which embeds security management into the day-to-day activities of the organisation and its people.

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:

  • Introduction to Security Management Systems
  • Management Commitment
  • Threat and Risk Management
  • Accountability and Responsibilities
  • Resources
  • Performance Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting
  • Incident Response
  • Management of Change
  • Continuous Improvement
  • SeMS Education
  • Communication
  • How to implement a Security Management System

Course objectives

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

  • SeMS and how to apply its principles in the work environment
  • The value of an organisation having SeMS in place
  • The importance of a positive culture and management commitment
  • The need for risk and threat identification
  • Effective performance assurance


Basic understanding of aviation security terminology / processes.

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.

City & Guilds Assured

City & Guilds is a household brand and a global leader in skills development. Over one million people earn a City & Guilds qualification every year, providing them with the skills they need to thrive in the workplace.

Assured status on a training programme provides validation and recognition for both the training provider and the learner, it is a symbol of learning excellence and quality and is reassurance that the training undertaken meets best practice standards.

Delegates who successfully complete an assured programme will get a City & Guilds certificate.  This demonstrates that the person has completed and been successful in training to a specific standard.  The City and Guilds brand is recognised worldwide too, so an assured certificate has value in any country.

Basically, ‘assured’ is a quality stamp that says “yes”, this programme meets the high standards of City & Guilds, and that they are happy to certificate it.

Delivery Methods: Classroom and Virtual

This course can be delivered virtually or face-to-face in classroom at our London Gatwick training centre.

Browse the table below to select your preferred date, delivery method and location (classroom only). If you can not find your preferred form of delivery and date, please contact us.

Course type:

  • Web = Virtual online delivery using WebEx video conferencing. We have applied a 5% discount to all our virtual course deliveries. Unless stated otherwise, our virtual courses are streamed live, starting at 09:00 am (UK time).
  • Class = A face-to-face classroom course delivered in the location listed in the “venue” column. In light of COVID-19, please check your eligibility and our COVID-19 measures.
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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 virtually or onsite in a classroom at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Venue Cost Availability Book
Web Security Management Systems (SeMS) 08/02/2023 09/02/2023 Online £779.00 Only 2 places remaining Book
Class Security Management Systems (SeMS) 18/07/2023 19/07/2023 London Gatwick £820.00 More than 5 places Book
Web Security Management Systems (SeMS) 17/10/2023 18/10/2023 Online £779.00 More than 5 places Book
Web Security Management Systems (SeMS) 20/02/2024 21/02/2024 Online £779.00 More than 5 places Book

Security Management Systems (SeMS) Instructors

Security Management Systems (SeMS) Instructors

Adam Spurling

Security Management Systems (SeMS) Instructors

Diane Lintott

Security Management Systems (SeMS) Instructors

Kirsty Wells

Adam Spurling

Security Management Systems

Adam has started working for the UK CAA in 2014 as a security compliance auditor. He is currently part of the UK CAA Security Management System (SeMS) leadership team. He has been participating in the continued roll out of the SeMS in the UK and a performance-based oversight approach for the UK CAA. Adam has also taken great part in writing the SeMS specific training and Aviation Security training. He has been delivering security trainings in the UK and internationally.

Diane Lintott

Security Management Systems
Training and Instructional Techniques

Di joined the CAA in 2012 and is an Aviation Security Compliance Auditor working in the Security Management Systems (SeMS) team. She has played a fundamental role in the development of SeMS and is working on progressing the CAA approach to Performance Based Oversight in the Aviation Security sector. Diane brings a wealth of experience, including border security, investigative interviewing and people development. She has previously delivered technical and soft skills training on behalf of CAA International, both internationally and in the UK.

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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