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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

UK Aviation Security Instructors list

How do I apply?

In order to apply a candidate must complete the four steps below.

  • Before completing the application, they should contact their registered training provider in order to obtain the required evidence for the application
  • Create a CAA Portal account and complete the online application form
  • Provide to the CAA AvSec Training team all of the requested documents
  • Sit and pass the relevant online assessment modules (knowledge test)

Subject to eligibility and successful completion of the above four steps, a candidate will then be issued with a Certificated Instructor Number (CIN).

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to the certification itself, however, the assessment modules incur a fee of £36 each. The complete cost therefore depends on how many certification categories the candidate instructor applies for.

What do I need to send with my application?

To become a certificated instructor and obtain a CIN, candidate instructors must during the application process provide evidence of:

  • Competence for each of the aviation security syllabuses which they plan to deliver training from;
  • A Level 3 Award in Education and Training or equivalent; or have a recognised qualification mapped as an alternative qualification (for more information please contact the CAA at the email address below);
  • Successful completion of the knowledge assessment, covering the certification categories they have applied for;
  • A completed and valid enhanced background check in line with UK regulations – this requires the submission of a valid Criminal Record Certificate (CRC) and ID document;
  • A valid Counter Terrorist Clearance (CTC) undertaken through the CAA Vetting Team;
  • Being linked to a CAA Registered Training Provider;
  • Any instructor delivering the Recognition of Firearms and Explosives (RFX) module from a syllabus may need to attend an initial RFXI course, where required to do so by the syllabus. If you are unsure, please check with the CAA training team.
  • Successfully demonstrate operational competencies for the relevant subject syllabuses. This can be evidenced through previous operational experience of working in the relevant aviation security area.
  • For new instructors, this must be in line with the guidance set out below.
  • For existing instructors, this must be evidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in the form of a CPD log, as well as the most recent quality assurance observation of either training design, delivery or assessment (dated within the last 12 months).

Occupational competence

Here follows a list of acceptable evidence for submission as part of an application to gain a Certification Instructor Number (CIN).

Evidence of occupational competence confirms that new certificated instructors have the skills, knowledge, and understanding of the operational environment to ensure the training courses that they design and deliver are relevant to industry and include appropriate operational examples.

The following documents may be submitted electronically to evidence occupational competence:

  • The most recent Initial/Recurrent training record /certificate
  • A signed declaration from a current Certificated Instructor / Security Manager / Training Manager confirming dates of on-job-training/operational familiarisation sessions
  • An observation report from a supervisor to confirm familiarisation of operational duties with dates, duration and feedback to the individual
  • Evidence of CPD undertaken including CPD record and self-reflective statement
  • CV with signed declaration (only if no other evidence from the above list can be provided)
  • Where the submitted evidence is older than five years, the CAA may ask additional questions or request that additional information is provided, before approving an application
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What else do I need to know?

What else do I need to know?

Full details of the requirements can be found in CAP2327.

Certifications is only valid in the UK and we are only able to certificate Instructors delivering aviation security training in the UK.

Please note that an individual cannot sponsor his/her own CTC application so for smaller organisations of up to 5 people, the CAA is prepared to act as a sponsor. For further information, please contact: Vetting@caa.co.uk

Questions about obtaining CIN numbers and amending incorrect information, as well as any general training queries should be directed to the CAA at the following address: Avsec.Training@caa.co.uk

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How long will it take for my application to be processed?

Once all three steps have been completed successfully, we will confirm certification and issue the CIN within 5 working days.

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What happens next?

All UK certificated instructors whose details have been verified and given a Certificated Instructor Number (CIN) will be listed on our website with the following information displayed: name; CIN number and the syllabus(es) which the instructor is certificated to deliver. Please note that no contact or company details will be displayed.

Once certificated an instructor may design, deliver and assess aviation security training in the UK.

Once an instructor has been certificated, it is required that they maintain and further their professional development (CPD), as well as ensuring they at all times comply with the relevant regulatory requirements under aviation security regulations.

Updated versions of the Certificated Instructors list will be published at the beginning of every month. Alterations will not be made to the published list until the next scheduled update but any instructors whose details are missing or incorrect should contact us at the e-mail address below in the interim period, to get their details added for when the next update is published.

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How long is it valid for?

Certification is valid for 5 years. Instructor must apply for re-certification before expiry if they wish to retain their CIN.

Please note that certification relies on the instructor holding a valid background check and counter Terrorist Clearance (CTC), which carry their own expiry dates.

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