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Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) for the Leadership & Management Training Program

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This course will help participants and organizations understand the function, role and importance of developing and implementing a Safety Management System (SMS).

This training program combines IATA's trusted Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) course with Harvard ManageMentor (HMM), a state-of-the-art, media-rich training platform furnished by Harvard Business School faculty, global business leaders and practitioners in the field of leadership development.

Course format: This is a distance-learning program requiring 10 hours of self-study for the IATA course plus additional time for the HMM modules.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

  • Understand the basic knowledge, techniques and skills needed to develop a Safety Management System and measure its performance
  • Discover how an effective system can reduce costs 
  • Learn cost-effective resource planning
  • See how safety risks are managed proactively
  • Explore how to build a positive safety culture within your organization

Key topics

IATA course content

  • Introduction to Safety Management Systems
  • Policy and Objectives
  • Risk Management
  • Safety Assurance
  • Safety  Promotion
  • Integrating Airline Management Systems
  • The regulatory authority’s role in SMS oversight
  • Implementation requirements

HMM access

This valuable online reference tool, used by companies around the world, will help you handle day-to-day management issues.

HMM offers the following on-demand features to help you achieve more on the job:

  • Concise lessons and tools for fast and effective learning
  • Videos featuring Harvard University faculty, trusted experts, and next-generation emerging leaders
  • Editor’s Choice articles featuring up-to-the-minute business expertise, selected and updated quarterly by Harvard Business Publishing editors
  • Hundreds of new checklists, self-assessments, worksheets, and handouts to facilitate the application of new ideas to your own work environment
  • Personalized experience: goals, skill development, and action planning to help you quickly apply new skills
  • Post-topic, On-the-Job component where you work on your action plan and receive content, tips, and reminders

HMM module content

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Representatives of civil aviation authorities
  • Experienced managers from airlines, airports, ANS providers, manufacturers and maintenance groups
  • Supervisors in operations

Certificate awarded

You will receive an IATA certificate upon successful completion of the IATA exam.

An HMM certificate of completion is awarded for each module, provided you obtain a passing grade of 70%. You may track your progress within the HMM platform.

Upon successful completion of the 10 required HMM modules and the IATA Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS) course, contact us to claim your IATA Leadership and Management Diploma.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

Additional information

This course is also offered in e-learning format with online exam. To access the e-learning course description, click here.

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