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Each regulated agent shall demonstrate that at least two staff members have attended and completed a training programme acceptable to Civil Aviation Department or have passed the RA Revalidation Test organized by the Civil Aviation Department. Relevant details can be found in the Part B of the Handling Procedures for Regulated Agent Regime (RAR) .

RAR Training Requirements

Each Regulated Agent (RA) shall have at least two staff members who have either passed the RA Revalidation Test organized by the Civil Aviation Department (the Test) or attended an RA Security Training Programme acceptable to the Civil Aviation Department (the Training Programme). Upon passing the Test or completion of the Training Programme, "RA Revalidation Test Result Notification" or training certificates will be issued to individual candidates. All passing Notifications and training certificates carry a validity of 3 years. Before expiry of the 3-year period, RAs shall arrange for their staff to attend the Test for the revalidation of the Notifications or to complete the Training Programme for revalidation of the training certificates for another 3 years. RAs who have their trained staff left their companies should arrange training for their replacement staff to comply with the above training requirements within 3 months after the departure of the trained staff.

Those who have passed the Test or completed the Training Programme should internally brief the staff members with access to consignment designated as air cargo and/or related shipping documents. It is the responsibility of an RA to arrange their respective in-house refresher training in order to ensure their staff members are continuously familiarized with the RAR requirements. RAs shall maintain training records.

Those who failed the Test should attend the next available test, or alternatively attend the Training Programme to meet the RA training requirement.

Syllabus of RAR Training and Revalidation Test

1. Objective of cargo security

  1. To prevent the unauthorized carriage of explosives and incendiary devices in the consignments of cargo intended for carriage on passenger aircraft or all-cargo aircraft

2. International and local requirements

  1. Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation

  2. Security Manual of the International Air Transport Association

  3. Security Programme
    (a) Hong Kong Aviation Security Programme
    (b) Aircraft Operator Security Programme / Regulated Agent Security Programme

3. Key parties of regulated agent regime

  1. 4 main parties of the regime (aircraft operator, regulated agent and known consignor/account consignor)

  2. Definition of known consignor/account consignor and regulated agent

  3. Recognition of known consignor/account consignor

  4. Responsibilities of aircraft operator, regulated agent and known consignor/account consignor

4. Known cargo and unknown cargo handling procedures

  1. Classification of known cargo (SPX and SCO cargo) and unknown cargo

  2. Procedures for handling known cargo (SPX and SCO cargo) and unknown cargo

  3. Use of known consignor codes/account consignor codes and regulated agent codes

5. Exempted items

6. Handling Procedures for Regulated Agent Regime (RAR)

7. Types of security control: screening by x-ray, searching by hand or physical check at piece level, other means acceptable to Civil Aviation Department

8. Maintenance of documents

  1. Required documents

  2. Document retention period

  3. Confidentiality

9. Physical protection of cargo

  1. Cargo acceptance

  2. Warehouse security (physical measures, access controls)

  3. Transportation (driver, vehicle)

10. Treatment of suspect cargo

  1. Actions on suspect cargo

  2. Actions on unresolved suspicions

  3. Actions when explosive or incendiary device identified

11. Random x-ray screening of known cargo (SPX or SCO cargo)

12. Quality control through self-assessment

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