Many flight instructors have told AOPA that while they've completed TSA's online security awareness training course, they've been unable to print the certificate of completion. Now there's a solution.
"We worked with TSA to come up with an alternate means of showing compliance, and it follows a well-established aviation convention," said Rob Hackman, AOPA manager of regulatory and certification policy. "Much like an endorsement, instructors can now make an entry in a logbook or other permanent record to show they've completed the required training."
TSA has provided AOPA with alternate forms that can also be used. The forms are slightly different for independent flight instructors [ PDF document] and for employees of a flight school [ PDF document].
If a flight instructor chooses to use a logbook entry, it should include the same information as contained on the alternate form, including name, CFI number, date of training, type of training (initial or recurrent), and type of program (TSA or approved alternate).
The endorsement should include the statement: "I certify that I received security awareness training, as required by 49 CFR part 1552, on the date indicated above. I also certify that any alternate security awareness training program I used to comply with 49 CFR part 1552 meets the criteria in 49 CFR 1552.23(c)." and the CFI's signature.
For more information, see AOPA's comprehensive online guide.
January 21, 2005