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

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Did you know that in the past 5 years, 226 participants from 56 countries have taken this course with IATA?

About the course

5-day (40 hours) classroom 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.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers and Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-house training.

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Course Code: TCVG-30

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment.


  • 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 salesperson in your region.

Next class

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

Spain, Madrid (IATA)
22 - 26 August, 2022
Register before 01 Aug, 2022 to take advantage of the USD100 Early Bird discount. The price below includes this discount.
Please register by 01 Aug
All prices are before tax and include applicable discounts.
Class no: 148321
USD 2,070
USD 2,690
USD 3,000

1 additional classes are scheduled

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

United States, Miami (IATA, ACCET Accredited)
5 - 9 December, 2022
Register before 04 Sep, 2022 to take advantage of the 20% Early Bird discount (only for payment by credit card or ICH)*. The price below includes this discount. *Terms apply
Please register by 14 Nov
All prices are before tax and include applicable discounts.
Class no: 148504
USD 1,736
USD 2,232
USD 2,480


The IATA Training Center in Miami is ACCET Accredited

A regional course discount (up to 10% discount) is available for classroom courses at IATA Training Centers in the Americas (excluding Canada).

To claim the discount, enter 'LatAmTraining' in the promotional code field during your registration. The discount will be deducted automatically from the course price. This discount will be applied in addition to any qualifying early bird promotion.

Miami Training Center Information

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


  • This course gives you practical experience using interactive exercises and case studies to plan, implement and operate a Safety Management System.

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.

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

Safety Management in Civil Aviation Diploma

Use Safety Management Systems to improve safety and create business and operational efficiency.

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