Use computers in the aviation screening workplace

This unit involves the skills and knowledge necessary to operate a computer in the aviation screening workplace. This includes identifying the correct computer systems and software to use, setting up and shutting down equipment for use and inputting files or data in accordance with work requirements. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit.


Work must be carried out in accordance with relevant occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements and workplace procedures concerning the use of computers in the workplace.

Work is performed under some supervision usually within a team environment.

Work involves the application of routine procedures for the use of computers in the aviation screening workplace.


Not applicable.

Elements and Performance Criteria


Identify computerised screening systems


Computerised screening systems are identified


Job specific functions and computer applications applicable to the aviation screening workplace are identified


Faults, errors or system malfunctions are identified and responded to in accordance with workplace procedures


Use computerised screening equipment


Computerised screening equipment and office furniture are adjusted to meet OHS requirements


Computerised screening equipment is booted and personal log-in is used in accordance with workplace procedures


Correct programs are used in accordance with workplace and manufacturers’ procedures


System data is identified and accessed through appropriate programs and procedures


Data is interpreted correctly in accordance with workplace procedures


Screening data is entered using correct screening equipment and procedures with an emphasis on accuracy


Ensure security of data


Security procedures for the protection of data are followed at all times and in accordance with workplace procedures

Required Skills

This describes the essential knowledge and skills and their level required for this unit.

Required knowledge:

Relevant OHS requirements concerning the use of computerised screening equipment

OHS risks and hazards associated with using computerised screening equipment and ways of controlling risks

Workplace procedures for the use of computerised screening systems appropriate for work role

Typical problems that can occur when using computerised screening systems and appropriate actions that can be taken to prevent or solve them

Housekeeping standards and procedures

Workplace or site layout

Password protection procedures

Types and functions of computerised screening systems

Reporting systems used in the aviation screening workplace

Required skills:

Communicate effectively with others when using computerised screening systems

Read and interpret instructions, procedures, information and manuals relevant to the use of computerised screening systems

Interpret and follow instructions and prioritise work

Complete electronic documentation using computerised screening systems

Identify and use computerised screening equipment, software, processes and procedures required within the context of the job

Work collaboratively with others when using computerised screening systems

Report and/or rectify any identified computerised screening system problems, faults or malfunctions

Implement contingency plans for unanticipated situations

Monitor work activities in terms of planned schedule

Modify activities depending on differing operational contingencies, risk situations and environments

Adapt to differences in computerised screening systems

Maintain hand-eye coordination

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required knowledge and skills, the range statement and the assessment guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements and performance criteria of this unit and include:

correctly identify the types of computerised equipment, systems and functions used in the aviation screening workplace

respond correctly to faults in operating systems, software applications or operator errors

demonstrate the ability to start up, log in to and load all systems required to fulfil the aviation screening job role

demonstrate an ability to accurately input data to a computerised screening system

implement correct procedures and management and security of data

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Performance is demonstrated consistently over a period of time and in a suitable range of contexts

Resources for assessment include:

a range of relevant exercises, case studies and/or other simulated practical and knowledge assessment, and/or

access to an appropriate range of relevant operational situations in the workplace

In both real and simulated environments, access is required to:

relevant and appropriate materials and equipment, and

applicable documentation including workplace procedures, regulations, codes of practice and operation manuals

Method of assessment

As a minimum, assessment of knowledge must be conducted through appropriate written/oral tests

Practical assessment must occur:

through activities in an appropriately simulated environment at the registered training organisation, and/or

in an appropriate range of situations in the workplace

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance.

Job functions may be conducted:

in a range of work environments

by day or night

Aviation screening workplaces may be:

large, medium or small airports

Computerised screening equipment may include:



bar code readers




X-ray screening equipment

Computer applications may include:

word processors

electronic data interchange systems

information databases and storage systems

work organisation systems

internet browsers

X-ray screening systems

Hazards may include:

hazardous or dangerous materials

contamination of, or from, materials being handled

spills, leakages, ruptures


Personnel in the work area may include:

customers and clients

workplace personnel

site visitors


official representatives

Communication in the work area may include:


electronic data interchange





oral, aural or signed communications

Dependent on the type of organisation concerned and the local terminology used, workplace procedures may be referred to as:

airport procedures

enterprise procedures

organisational procedures

established procedures

standard operating procedures

Information/documents may include:

manufacturers’ instructions concerning the use of computing equipment

workplace procedures and policies for the use of computer equipment

supplier and/or client instructions

relevant codes of practice

relevant legislation, regulations and related documentation

standards and certification requirements

quality assurance procedures

emergency procedures

Applicable regulations and legislation may include:

Australian and international regulations and codes of practice

relevant IATA dangerous goods regulations

IATA standard for air cargo packaging (TACT Rules)

Australian Civil Aviation Regulations or Civil Aviation Safety Regulations

Civil Aviation legislation

local instructions

relevant OHS legislation

environmental protection legislation

relevant security regulations

relevant Australian Standards

industrial relations and workplace compensation legislation


Not applicable.

Competency Field

K – Technology

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.