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Africa gets a boost in aviation security

A programme developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in collaboration with the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University has seen 20 more people graduate from the Aviation Security Professional Management course, an advanced aviation security training programme which carries a formal designation of AVSEC PM. The latest group to graduate brings to 500 the number of people that have successfully completed the programme.

The group officially graduated at an event in Kempton Park hosted by Airports Company South Africa. The 20 aviation security professionals who graduated last night include seven people from South Africa.

Speaking at the event, Jason Tshablala, group manager for security at Airports Company South Africa said: "We are honoured to be able to host this graduation for ICAO as the organisation which sets, maintains and monitors aviation standards and practices for all countries.

We believe that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement will provide a boost for air travel both within the continent and globally, which should make application of the highest standards in aviation security a priority for Africa.

"Aviation security is critical to those of us in the airports business where we have to contend with a variety of potential threats that are always evolving. Aviation security is a specialised field and the availability of suitably qualified professionals is crucial to ensuring the security of the travelling public," he said.

The aviation security programme is one of the essential elements of ICAO’S global drive to develop a broad base of skills in the field and enhance the safety and security of passengers.

"ICAO has been active for many years in helping countries to implement ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The main goal of this work is to help ensure that SARP implementation is better harmonised globally so that all countries have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport,” said Tshabalala.

"We believe that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement will provide a boost for air travel both within the continent and globally, which should make application of the highest standards in aviation security a priority for Africa.

"In this context, the AVSEC PM qualification is a significant aspect of ICAO’s efforts to resolve Significant Security Concerns (SSCs) brought to light through ICAO’s security oversight audits as well as other security and emissions-related objectives," said Tshabalala.

AVSEC PM qualification

The aim of the Aviation Security Professional Management Course is to provide aviation security middle and senior management personnel with new management skills and a greater understanding of the application of Annex 17 of ICAO’S Standards and Recommended Practices.

The training programme is designed to equip aviation security management personnel with the ability to perform more complex and diverse tasks and display greater communicative and management skills to meet new and emerging threats to civil aviation.

The programme comprised of 70% security and 30% management is devised for air transportation industry managers, or future managers, whose functions involve responsibilities in the area of aviation security.

Students successfully completing the programme have permanent access to an exclusive e-network community of aviation security experts who have successfully completed the PMC curriculum. This community facilitates the sharing of information and optimises the diffusion of knowledge relevant to international aviation security requirements and best practices, training strategies and promotes intra-regional and international cooperation among its members.

The AVSEC PM graduating class of 2019 includes:

Given NamesSurnameCountryPositionCompany
StanleyJansenSouth AfricaSupervisor Aviation ServicesAirports Company South Africa
BradfordWoodSouth AfricaH.O.DK9 Law Enforcement
Muhammad MasudPervez RanaBangladeshAssistant Manager SecurityBiman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.
JulianGouwsNamibiaActing Chief AVSECNCAA
MarioJosephKenyaLogistics OfficerUnited Nations Support Office in Somalia
FanuelMatavireZimbabweAVSEC SupervisorG4S Secure Solutions (Iraq)
JanCuypersBelgiumAviation Business Transformation ManagerSecuritas Transport Aviation Services
MarcoHenarSurinameAdministrative ManagerSecure Airline Security
CalistaGoabasNamibiaLeading AVSEC officerNamibia Airports Company
Azmat  RehmanUnited Arab EmiratesGround Operations OfficerAbu Dhabi Aviation
MirlenBrownSouth AfricaQuality ManagerBidair Cargo
CorneliusClaassenSouth AfricaTraining ManagerContracting
AbdoulieColleyGambiaDirector of Airport OperationsGambia Civil Aviation Authority
GaolatlheMokaeBotswanaNational Chief Inspector - AVSEC/FALCivil Aviation Authority of Botswana
MarisaTainoSouth AfricaAviation Security Inspector:  Airports and AirlinesSouth African Civil Aviation Authority
CynthiaDlaminiSouth AfricaAir Cargo InspectorSouth African Civil Aviation Authority
Agnes NyabutiKenyaSenior Aviation Security InspectorKenya Civil Aviation Authority
Milton OgolaKenyaSenior Aviation Security InspectorKenya Civil Aviation Authority
Zanele ZwaneSouth AfricaAviation Security InspectorSouth African Civil Aviation Authority
Albert  OutokaEkayaKenyaSecurity ManagerKenya Airways
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