Safety Management System (SMS) for Ground Operations (Classroom)

Some of these topics are also explored in the following virtual classroom course:


Learn how to manage risks in ground operations through proactive risk assessment, mapping and mitigation actions and how to evaluate their effectivity through safety performance monitoring. The successful implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS) reduces the rate and consequential cost of accidents and incidents, improves your balance sheet and helps your organization to meet its legal responsibility and customer expectations. Ground Service Providers (GSPs) are mandated to establish provisions for safe ground operations. All the companies involved in ground handling must strengthen traditional risk control practices and ensure safety risks are managed in a systematic way. Following this course, GSP managers will acquire all necessary knowledge, in line with the SMS training requirements of ISAGO and the competency expectations for specific functions within the SMS as per ICAO Annex 19 and ICAO Doc 10121. The training exceeds the requirements of AHM 1110.

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: TAPG-71

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 4 days (32 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • Participants should have experience in ground operations and be familiar with the documentation found in IATA AHM 610, or ICAO Annex 19; or
  • have completed the IATA Safety Management System Fundamentals eLearning course.
  • 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

Safety Management System (SMS) for Ground Operations (Classroom)

Singapore, Singapore (IATA)
24 - 27 August, 2021
Register before 03 Aug, 2021 to take advantage of the USD100 Early Bird discount. The price below includes this discount.
Please register by 03 Aug
All prices are before tax. Class no: 142136 English
Dev. Nations
USD 1,615
USD 2,105
USD 2,350

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the systematic set-up of an SMS according to the regulatory framework
  • Identify, assess, map and mitigate operational risks resulting from your ground operation activities
  • Establish performance indicators, monitor and analyse the safety performance of your organization
  • Train and educate operational staff on SMS relevant tasks

Course content

  • SMS framework
  • Human factors involvement
  • Risk mapping, management and mitigation
  • Safety performance monitoring
  • Competence transfer for safety functions within ground operation


  • Case studies and group exercises
  • Development of practical tools
  • Final exam

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Safety Managers and Officers
  • Operational Managers and Directors
  • Postholders Ground Operations
  • Safety Trainers and Supervisory Functions

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on an assessment. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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