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Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 07, 2019 (SKNIS): The Civil Aviation Division (CAD) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation is hosting its first National Inspector Course (NIC) with the aim of building capacity of persons responsible for conducting quality control activities within their entities.

The training is a requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standard 3.4 of the ICAO Annex 17 and runs from March 05-11, 2019. 

Senior Civil Aviation Officer, Royston Griffin, said that a training of such nature offers benefits to the various agencies involved.

“The benefit of it is to ensure that agencies comply with all international standards and recommended practices. It highlights the government’s obligations in meeting all the ICAO standards and recommended practices through oversights,” he said. 

The course comprises of seven (7) modules, including Introduction and Administration; Definition and Monitoring Activities Contained in a National Civil Aviation Security Quality Control Programme; Preparation Techniques for an Audit/Inspection; Audit and Inspection Methodology; Audit and Inspection Techniques; Profile of the Inspector, and Exercise at the Airport and Drafting Audit/Inspection Documents.

Agencies attending this training are drawn from the Customs and Excise Department; LIAT; KDP; St Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA); Nevis Aviation Sea Port Authority (NASPA); Kajola Kristada; American Airlines, and the local Civil Aviation Department.

As part of the assessment phase of this training, trainees will be required to create check-lists for inspections or audits, conduct an inspection/audit, and present a final report, as well as a written exam.

Facilitators for the training are Royston Griffin (Lead) and Arthnel Jordon, who both work within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Aviation.

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