Security Management Systems (SeMS)

2-day course | Classroom, Virtual & In-company training
  • Classroom courses in London Gatwick
  • 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
Start Date End Date Venue Price (Excl. VAT) Availability Book
16/07/2024 17/07/2024 London Gatwick £820.00 More than 5 places Book
11/02/2025 12/02/2025 Online £820.00 More than 5 places Book
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.

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.

  • 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

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

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.

Meet your Instructors

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.

Additional Information

Course delivery methods

We offer two different ways to attend this course:

  • Face-to-Face Classroom Course: Embrace the traditional learning method by attending our physical training venue. Benefit from direct interaction with our instructors and fellow participants, creating an immersive and hands-on learning experience. To book a classroom course, please check the booking table at the top of this page and select your preferred training venue location.
  • Instructor-Led Virtual Course: Enjoy the flexibility of attending this training remotely from your home or office with our live virtual course. Engage in interactive learning from anywhere in the world. We usually use WebEx or Zoom for our virtual courses. To attend this course virtually, look for the ‘online’ venue option in the booking table above.

Please note that course durations may vary slightly between our face-to-face and virtual deliveries. Please refer to the start and end date of your chosen course.

Our goal is to offer flexible, effective and convenient course delivery methods that suit your preferences and learning needs. Please choose the option that works best for you!

If you can’t see a classroom or virtual option, we likely haven’t released the next set of dates. Please get in touch to find out when we’ll announce the new dates, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed once they are available or even add you to our waiting list.

Video insights

Security Management Systems (SeMS) in Aviation – Explained in 7 minutes

Peter Drissell, Director of Aviation Security at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, delves into the world of Security Management Systems (SeMS). Peter sheds light on the definition of a SeMS, its role in enhancing aviation security performance, the benefits of a SeMS, and some key considerations when implementing and maintaining a SeMS.

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.

In-company delivery

We can also tailor this training course to suit your organisation’s training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered at your organisation’s location – almost anywhere, worldwide. Please Contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements.

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