Aviation Safety Fundamentals Diploma (self-study)

About the diploma

4 courses to be completed in 3 years

IATA Aviation Safety Fundamentals aviation training diploma

This self-study diploma will provide new graduates looking to join the air transport industry or professionals looking to move into the aviation industry specifically within the area of aviation safety. This diploma will provide you with a basic understanding of the general principles and concepts of safety to help you develop a ‘safety conscience’. With this new knowledge, you will feel more confident about discussing the role of safety in aviation, as well as ensuring you are ready to take your first steps in a safety career. The diploma will cover key safety topics, the importance of understanding human factors in aviation while providing practical examples that demonstrate how these relate to roles within the aviation industry.

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Course code: DIPL-133

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance and regulation of safety in the aviation industry
  • State the basic principles of aviation safety including: its definition, why you would use a Safety
  • Management System (SMS), and the requirements and components
  • Explain safety policy and objectives including management commitment, responsibility and safety accountabilities
  • Describe why safety management processes must consider Human Factors

Key Topics

The key topics that are covered in this diploma include:

  • Introduction to safety in aviation
  • Safety Management Systems (SMS)
  • Human factors in aviation
  • Safety policy and objectives
  • Safety culture


There are no prerequisites for this diploma.

Recommended level

  • Entry-level
  • Intermediate

Who should attend

  • New graduates
  • Young professional or professionals looking to switch to a safety career in aviation


A passing mark of 70% is required on all assignments and exams. A special distinction is awarded to candidates who obtain a distinction in all, or all but one, of all course exams and assignments that make up this Diploma.

How to obtain your diploma

  1. Complete all the required courses and your choice of elective courses within 3 years.
  2. Please contact us on our Customer Portal to request your diploma, stating the title of the diploma you are applying for and the list of courses you completed for that diploma.
  3. IATA Training will issue your diploma upon verification of your eligibility.

To receive the diploma candidates must complete

  • 2 Required courses
  • 2 Elective courses

Required courses

Aviation Safety Fundamentals (partner-taught or self-study)

Gain a basic understanding of the general principles and concepts of safety to help you develop a ‘safety conscience’.

  • English

Human Factors and Safety Management Fundamentals (partner-taught or self-study)

Providing you with the principles of Human Factors and Safety Management Fundamentals and the necessary knowledge to foster and promote a positive safety culture within your organization

  • English

Elective courses

Fatigue Management Fundamentals (e-learning)

Gain a clear understanding that fatigue cannot be eliminated, so it must be managed.

  • English

Quality Management Systems (QMS) Fundamentals (e-learning)

This course will provide you with the fundamental knowledge needed to work with Quality Management Systems (QMS).

  • English

Safety Management Systems Fundamentals (e-learning)

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

  • English

State Safety Program (SSP) Fundamentals (e-learning)

Foundational knowledge of concepts related to a State Safety Program (SSP), including the core components of an SSP

  • English

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