Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) for ANS Providers (classroom)



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About the course

3-day (24 hours) classroom course

IATA Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) aviation training course

This course will familiarize you with fatigue risk management systems (FRMS) applicable to Air Traffic Management (ATM). It provides an overview of the science that underlies fatigue, its causes and its impact on air traffic controller performance. Concrete real-life examples of how fatigue affects operations are provided coupled with hands-on exercises that reinforce incident/accident anecdotes. You will also receive training on how to assess and mitigate fatigue risk within your organization through the development and implementation of FRMS. The course is designed to help air navigation service providers comply with ICAO fatigue management regulations expected to take effect by 2020.

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Course code: TCVT-66

Course format


  • Participants should have prior knowledge of Operational Air Traffic Control.
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

How to register

In-house training

To arrange in-house training for your company, please complete the in-house training request form or contact the Training Specialist in your region.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Be conversant about the factors that cause fatigue
  • Describe how fatigue affects the provision of air traffic services
  • Determine how different approaches to fatigue management affect your organization and be able to assess which one is most appropriate
  • Be familiar with current industry requirements and documentation relating to fatigue management
  • Participate actively in the implementation of fatigue management and be able to meet regulatory requirements

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Overview of sleep science and circadian rhythms
  • Effects of shiftwork
  • Standard fatigue measurement techniques
  • How bio-mathematical models estimate air traffic controller fatigue
  • Shortcomings of bio-mathematical models that estimate air traffic controller fatigue
  • The effects of commuting, workload and motivation
  • The relationship between fatigue, operational costs and safety in air traffic control
  • The benefits of introducing an FRMS
  • Comparison of an FRMS with the traditional methods of air traffic controller fatigue risk management
  • How to implement an FRMS
  • The steps in Fatigue Risk Management processes
  • FRMS safety assurance processes
  • FRMS promotion including training programs
  • How to build the culture of trust for a collaborative approach to FRMS implementation
  • Investigating fatigue in reports, incidents, accidents


  • Case studies and examples
  • Fatigue modeling

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs)
  • ATC line managers
  • Air Navigation Service (ANS) Provider rostering personnel

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.

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