National code: AVI20118

    Certificate II in Transport Security Protection (Air Cargo Examination Officer)

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Embark on an engaging career path to contribute to Australia’s airport security. Learn the skills to identify and prevent potential security risks and get experience using operational equipment, including X-ray machines, metal detectors and explosive trace detection technology.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Conduct searches

    • Security screen using different methods

    • Identify and understand dangerous goods

    • Undertake searches of cargo and articles

    • Work effectively in a security environment

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Opportunities to practice in simulations of live site transport security applications

    • Experience using hand-held metal detectors and X-ray operations on a broad range of items including prohibited items, simulated weapons, organic and metal objects

    • The qualification needed to work in transport security protection

    • A strong pathway to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • You'll need to successfully complete a Literacy, Language and Numeracy assessment

    • You'll need a Job Ready Certificate. This background check provides you with clearance for the industry. More information can be found on the Aviation Security Identification Card website.

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • Excellent customer communication

    • Observation skills to monitor unusual or suspicious items and activity

    • The ability to work as part of a team

    • An intermediate level of physical fitness

    • Note: To graduate with a qualification, you must have the ability to differentiate and recognise colours. This is required so you are able to complete certain subjects in this course. The inability to complete this skill will be a barrier to entering the industry. Students who are unable to meet this requirement are still welcome to undertake this course.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Inspectors and Regulatory Officers nec

    Other Inspectors and Regulatory Officersinclude jobs like Dog Catcher, Technician Preventative Medicine (Army), Trade Mark Examiner, Travel Accommodation Inspector, and Weights and Measures Inspector.

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      4,000 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      45 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      41 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


    • Gender share

      35% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.


    Other jobs include: air cargo examination officer, maritime passenger and cargo examination officer and security access point officer.


    To be employed in the aviation and transport security industry, you will need to apply for an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC). This allows you access to secure areas of security controlled airports, and is valid for up to two years. Visit the ASIC website for more information. Some screening authorities and contractors will require that you have a minimum 1AC security licence. The licence is not necessary for this course, however, it may be required by potential future employers. Visit the NSW Police website for more information and a list of currently approved security licensing training organisations. Licensing requirements may vary between states.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study0 Courses

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    The Certificate II in Transport Security Protection (Air Cargo Examination Officer) does not have any pre-requisite courses.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate II in Transport Security Protection (Air Cargo Examination Officer) does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Related study1 Course

    Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Transport Security Protection (Air Cargo Examination Officer) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 9 Units of competency , including 5 core and 4 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Work effectively in a transport security environmentAVIG0001

    • Control access to and exit from a security sensitive areaAVIO0007

    • Establish and maintain a sterile sensitive areaAVIO0008

    • Identify and handle weapons, explosives and prohibited itemsAVIO0009

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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