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Introduction to Safety Management Systems (SMS)

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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).

Course format: This is a distance learning course, available in printed textbook or eTextbook format. This course requires approximately 10 hours of individual study, including a paper-based exam.

A shorter, eLearning version of this course is available online. Read more about the eLearning course.

What you will learn

  • 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

  • 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

Who should attend

  • Representatives of Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Experienced managers from airlines, airports, ANS providers, manufacturers and maintenance groups
  • Supervisors in operations

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Exam information

  • Exam Delivery Method: Supervised exam in IATA Exam location. Physical Attendance is required. Depending on exam venue availability online exams are available. Please read the General Information on Distance Learning Exams.
  • Exam Format: Multiple Choice questions
  • Number of questions: 60
  • Time Allowance: 2.5 hours
  • Passing Grade: 36 correct answers
  • Distinction Grade: 54 correct answers
  • Course edition applicable for the Exam: Please refer to this page

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