In November 2004, Directors General decided to further develop the ECAC Audit Programme by placing an equal emphasis on capacity building activities, with the main objective of supporting Member States' efforts to rectify deficiencies identified during audits and further develop their aviation security regime.
The approach taken looks to establish sustainable, consistent aviation security capacity development within the State, and starts on the basis of the National Civil Aviation Security Programme and extends through specific national requirements, such as screener certification.
ECAC capacity building activities comprise, but are not limited to:
- Multilateral workshops on issues of common interest to all Member States (e.g., unpredictability, security culture, risk management, security equipment and technology);
- Standardised tools and procedures such as model aviation security programmes;
- On-site training and coaching; and
- Targeted capacity-building missions based on audit findings and specific needs expressed by Member States (e.g. pre-opening surveys of new airports).
As just one example of the activities undertaken, since 2005 ECAC has conducted 46 Best Practices for National Auditors training courses, and trained more than 350 national auditors from 25 Member States. (Updated November 2018)
The Programme has constantly evolved to meet Member States' requirements, particularly in the context of new regulations and threats. Its relevance to the needs of the Member States is evidenced by the ongoing demand for activities and the positive feedback received from participants.
Catalogue of ECAC security audit and capacity building activities
The ECAC security audit and capacity-building activities available to Member States to support their implementation of aviation security measures are compiled in a catalogue: SEE LATEST EDITION (2019).
The ECAC Capacity Building Programme benefits from the contribution of experts nominated by ECAC Member States, either in the development of tools (e.g. development of training modules) or in the implementation of activities (e.g. experts acting as instructors or speakers).
Lead responsibility for the development of new capacity building activities and tools, including training material, within the ECAC Secretariat lies with the Training and Capacity Development Officer, currently Maciej Karwacinski.