Safety Management for Airlines Diploma



About the diploma

Gain complete and updated knowledge on the current safety management issues and best practices for Airlines. The courses included in this diploma will enable you to improve your operational safety by correctly identifying hazards, providing effective controls to mitigate safety risks, and reducing equipment loss and damage. You will address key issues such as how to implement an effective Safety Management System (SMS) in your airline in accordance with ICAO principles and IATA best practices to fulfil SMS requirements and to apply SMS principles within your organization. You will also learn how to take a proactive approach to risk management and how to strengthen a positive safety culture within your organization.

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Diploma code: DIPL-31

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:

  • Develop and implement safety management principles
  • Ensure continuous safety improvements within your organization
  • Increase productivity and reduce operational risks within your organization

Key Topics

  • Safety Management Systems for airlines
  • Best practices
  • ICAO principles and IATA best practices
  • Risk Management
  • Safety culture

Who should attend

  • Experienced managers from airlines, airports, ANS providers, insurance and legal professions, manufacturers and maintenance
  • Representatives from Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Supervisors
  • Members of Aviation Boards of Directors

Additional information


Mohammed Eturki, National Air Services (NAS)
"The SMS for Airlines course is one of the best I have taken during my 25+ years in the industry. Working for an organization that supports and promotes global safety, I am certain IATA’s safety training contributes to reducing industry accidents and hazards."


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 Required and selected Elective courses that make up the Diploma, 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

Elective courses

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Airline Safety Investigation (classroom)

Learn how to participate in an aircraft accident and serious incident investigation in accordance with ICAO Annex 13 Standards

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Crew Resource Management (CRM) Implementation (classroom)

Strategies to optimize your use of staff, equipment and procedures to prevent error at each phase of flight.

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Emergency Planning and Response for Airlines with ERP Simulation (classroom)

Learn about the design, implementation and optimization of an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) according to industry practice and regulatory requirements.

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Flight Data Analysis for Airlines (LIVE virtual classroom)

Gain a holistic understanding of a Flight Data Analysis (FDA) program

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Root Cause Analysis (classroom)

This course provides instruction on problem solving and corrective action plan processes you can immediately apply within your organization to start making improvements to your operational performance.

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Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Train the Trainer (classroom)

Learn how to train to improve performance, introduce safer operations, and reduce costs in your airline while ensuring compliance with ICAO SMS requirements.

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Safety Management Systems (SMS) Effectiveness (classroom)

With this course, you will learn to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes and activities implemented under the Safety Management System (SMS) to manage safety risk.

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Safety Performance Indicators (classroom)

Learn the foundations of Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs), and how to practically develop them, integration of safety objectives, SPIs and safety performance targets .

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Safety Risk Management (classroom)

Learn how to improve your operational safety by correctly identifying hazards, providing effective controls to mitigate safety risks, and reducing equipment loss and damage.

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Safety Risk Management (SRM) with Simulation (classroom)

Learn why it is important to conduct a safety risk assessment. Three days of instruction in the classroom are followed by 1 day of exercises using IATA's Safety simulation tool.

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Safety Risk Management (SRM) Workshop with Simulation (classroom with simulation)

Work collaboratively as a team to overcome the safety issues within the simulated operational environment and demonstrate the importance of implementing an effective safety management system (SMS).

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