Secure cargo for airfreight Online Short Course
The person credited with this unit standard is able to understand the importance of the role of security in the airfreight environment, by knowing how security threats exist in civil aviation and internationally traded goods. The learner will also understand the role various stakeholders have in ensuring that air cargo is made as secure as possible under all conditions. This will also enable the learner to implement the correct procedures to ensure that all air cargo is made safe for airfreight and to take the appropriate action should air cargo security be breached.
The qualifying learner is capable of:
- Explaining the threat to cargo security in civil aviation.
- Explaining the roles of the state and other security organisations in airfreight.
- Explaining and applying the cargo security requirements of aircraft operators.
- Explaining the functions of access control and cargo screening.
- Responding to security threats to air cargo.
Learners accessing this qualification will be assumed competent in:
- Communication at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
- Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2 or equivalent.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- Explain the threat to cargo security in civil aviation.
- The threat to civil aviation is described as it exists worldwide.
- The types of people who present a threat to civil aviation are identified following organisational policies and procedures.
- Methods of attack used against civil aviation are explained for the purpose of guarding against them.
- The components of improvised explosive and incendiary devices are identified using recognition aids.
- The importance of general awareness to potential threats to civil aviation is explained in the context of the airfreight environment.
- The consequences of having illegal improvised explosive and incendiary devices explode whist in flight are explained in terms of losses and liabilities.
- Explain the roles of the state and other security organisations in airfreight.
- The respective roles of the international bodies are explained in terms of implementing security against terrorist threats to air cargo.
- International bodies includes the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
- The legislative role of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is described in the context of air cargo security.
- The legal basis and objectives for air cargo security are described as it affects importers, exporters and freight forwarders.
- The advantages and disadvantages of operating in terms of the requirements for a regulated agent are explained for the legal requirements for freight forwarders, consolidators and air couriers.
- ‘Regulated agents’ means a regulated agent as defined in the Civil Aviation Authority Act (Act 40 of 1998).
- Explain and apply the cargo security requirements of aircraft operators.
- Vulnerable points in the air cargo chain are identified in order to secure against threats.
- Constraints which operate in the air cargo security environment are identified for the purpose of minimising their impact.
- The overall security posture of an organisation is described in terms of that organisation’s air cargo security programme.
- The responsibilities of air craft operators, known consignors and regulated agents are defined in terms of the Civil Aviation Authority Act (Act 40 of 1998).
- Known cargo, unknown cargo, exempt cargo and dangerous goods are identified in terms of the Civil Aviation Authority Act (Act 40 of 1998).
- The procedures for handling special cargo consignments are implemented in terms of the organisations security policies and procedures.
- The need for variable levels of security control in respect of air cargo is described in response to changes in threat level.
- Explain the functions of access control and cargo screening.
- The importance of applying access control is explained in terms of the security threat to cargo.
- Access control may include but is not limited to permit, airport identity card and electronic access systems.
- Methods of deterring unauthorised access to areas in which air cargo is handled are explained according to cargo security control procedures.
- Methods of detecting unauthorised access to export air cargo consignments are explained with examples.
- The different options for screening cargo are identified for the purpose of detecting threats to air cargo security.
- Respond to security threats to air cargo.
- Action to be taken in respect of suspicious incidents or cargo is explained in terms of the organisation’s air cargo security policies and procedures.
- Immediate action to be taken in respect of a bomb threat is described in terms of the organisation’s air cargo security policies and procedures.
- Incidents of threats to or breaches of, security to air cargo are reported in terms of the organisation’s air cargo security policies and procedures.
The Secure Cargo for Airfreight online short course is delivered through the School of Shipping Online Learning website. A Subject Matter Expert will provide you with academic support through the learning website. A Course Coordinator will also be available on email/telephone to provide you with administrative support.
Assessment and Award of the Certificate
Each module has a formative and summative assessment which you will need to achieve a mark of 60% or higher for to receive the certification.
In order to do this course you will require:
- An email account
- Access to a computer and the internet
- Be able to open and read PDF documents
- Maths literacy and English or working experience
- A keen desire to learn and advance your career
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