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Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Civil Aviation - University of Geneva

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An executive workshop to demystify ICAO Safety Management Systems.

Take on board the key safety management principles, and those of accident prevention and related human factors. Top IATA lecturers will share their experience on how theory is applied in practice.

Available as: Classroom & In-Company course
Duration: 3 days (24 hours)
Recommended level: Professional and Managament
Prerequisites: Two articles of pre-course reading

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What you will learn

  • Be informed about the key safety issues in aviation
  • Understand the basics of current safety programs
  • Explore the main theories on accident causation and prevention, related to enterprise risk management programs
  • Know how accidents can be prevented using evidence and best practices
  • Learn how to design and operate a SMS as required by the main aviation authorities and ICAO
  • Understand how every manager in an aviation organization is affected and can be made part of the integrated safety management system

Course content

  • Introduction to Safety Management System framework
  • Review basic safety concepts and the historical development of aviation safety
  • Regulatory aspects of safety management
  • Creating and implementing successful safety management systems
  • Operating a safety management system
  • Human factors implications on safety management

Who should attend

  • Corporate and executive staff from airlines and airports
  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Ground Operations Service Providers
  • Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and other operational staff
  • Representatives of aviation business

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Participants enrolled in the Diploma in Advanced Studies in Aviation Management will benefit from receiving an academic diploma from both University of Geneva and IATA.

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

Additional information

This course has been customized into a three-day format for the IATA-University of Geneva Aviation Management program. It may be taken as a single certificate course, or as part of the Diploma in Advanced Studies in Aviation Management or Executive MBA with specialization in aviation management.

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