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Ground Security Operative (GSO)

This course is designed to provide those responsible for implementing effective security measures within an airport’s Security Restricted Area (SRA) and associated Critical Part (CP) with the confidence and competence necessary to undertake their duties effectively.

Course details for Initial


Course duration: 7 days (module dependent)

NSSA (Doncaster) or location of your choice

Course details for Recurrent


Course duration: 3 days (module dependent)

NSSA (Doncaster) or location of your choice


Course duration: module dependent

Course Overview

This course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply effective aviation security measures, such as controlling access, and the screening and searching of passengers and staff, baggage, airport supplies and aircraft. 

The recurrent course is designed to refresh and update the knowledge of those practicing as GSOs, ensuring awareness of changes to legislation and threats, etc.

Course Content 

The course covers a wide range of modules, including:

  • The Threat to Aviation
  • International and National Objectives of AvSec and Legislation
  • Response to Security Incidents
  • Communication
  • Escorting
  • Access Control and Airport Security
  • Passenger Preparation
  • Recognition of Prohibited Articles
  • Firearms, Explosives, Incendiary Devices and Dangerous Goods
  • Searching People, Baggage and Vehicles
  • Screening Equipment
  • Patrolling
  • Searching and Checking Aircraft
  • Holding a Resolution Conversation 

Course Format

The GSO will be delivered using a combination of classroom instruction using presentations, discussions, inert training aids, exercises and practical-based training.

Our eLearning GSO recurrent course is customisable by selecting the modules that are applicable to you listed from the course content listed above. 


  • Knowledge and practical assessment


  • Aviation

Forthcoming Dates

We deliver this course at the request of clients to meet their operational needs. Please contact our team to discuss your requirements.