Advanced Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Civil Aviation (LIVE virtual classroom)



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About the course

4-day (16 hours) LIVE classroom course

IATA Advanced Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Civil Aviation aviation training course

Developed and delivered in collaboration with the industry, this course builds on the existing knowledge and expertise of every participant. The curriculum examines safety management concepts from a holistic point of view, supporting an in-depth understanding of factors that influence safety outcomes in an organization. Through case studies and group discussions, you will utilize critical thinking to form defensible safety positions. Additionally, you will be introduced to emerging safety management concepts that will shape Safety Management Systems (SMS) in the coming years.

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Course Code: TCVG-30-VC

Course format

  • The live sessions of this virtual classroom course are delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • The course will take you approximately 16 hours to complete and be held over 4 consecutive days.
  • There will be 1 live interactive virtual classroom session per day, each session will be 240 minutes. Additional time is required for 2 assignments, and a virtual follow-up meeting 3 months after the course.
  • The live sessions will require your participation, with multiple Q&A sessions and additional time spent on self-study material including projects, research, additional reading and videos.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment.

Technical requirements

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  • Participants should have a strong working knowledge of the SMS framework; extensive experience managing Safety within an organization; and will be required to complete a pre-course questionnaire.
  • 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

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the B2B Training Specialist in your region.

Virtual venues

We schedule our virtual classroom courses through one of 3 virtual venues, each in a different time zone for your convenience. For more information, please visit our page on virtual classroom timing or contact our Customer Portal.

Please check the exact schedule of each class below (View more details) and click ‘Register’.

Next class

Advanced Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Civil Aviation (LIVE virtual classroom)

Virtual Session EMEA (IATA)
12 - 15 August, 2024
Register before Jul 22, 2024 to take advantage of the USD100 Early Bird discount. The price below includes this discount.
Please register by 29 Jul
Find out more about our Early Bird Terms.
All prices are before tax and include applicable discounts.
Class no: 201457
USD 1,636
USD 2,132
USD 2,380

2 daily LIVE sessions:
11:00-13:00 & 13:30-15:30 Geneva/Paris
17:00-19:00 & 19:30-21:30 Beijing/Singapore
13:00-15:00 & 15:30-17:30 Dubai
5:00-7:00 & 7:30-9:30 Miami/Montreal
9:00-11:00 & 11:30-13:30 UTC
Please note that these timings may be subject to change.

Advanced Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Civil Aviation (LIVE virtual classroom)

Virtual Session Asia (in-co)
9 - 12 September, 2024
Please register by 18 Aug
Find out more about our Early Bird Terms.
All prices are before tax and include applicable discounts.
Class no: 224740
USD 1,736
USD 2,232
USD 2,480

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply your knowledge to assess an SMS to identify areas of excellence and improvements
  • Formulate actions and assess the potential impact of safety related issues for an organization
  • Appraise the organizational context when considering safety improvements
  • Create defensible safety positions to support corporate decision-making, while reducing safety risk
  • Develop and implement actions to strengthen key safety culture drivers supporting the continuous improvement of an organizations' safety performance
  • Differentiate contrasting leadership styles and their influence in implementation and ongoing effectiveness of safety initiatives

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Safety Culture and its drivers in an organization
  • Safety Leadership and its role in enabling effective safety management
  • SMS Key Appointments, Structures and Committees
  • Safety Data and Safety Information – assessment, use and protection
  • Facilitating informed decision-making through Safety Risk Assessments Evolution of Safety Management

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airlines
  • Ground Service Providers
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Airports
  • Manufacturers

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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