Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Non-Safety Managers (classroom)



About the course

2-day (16 hours) classroom course

This course will introduce you to the general principles and concepts of safety and what effective “Safety Management Systems” encompass. The key elements of this course are based around identifying the meaning and measurement of safety and risk in the aviation industry and applying that to an organization’s learning and decision making, as well as ensuring the implementation of an effective SMS. Roles and responsibilities for safety within an organization will also be discussed, together with the Human Factors aspects related to the Management of Change.

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: TALS-78

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 2 days (16 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • Recommended level is Entry-level.
  • 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.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the key safety issues in aviation
  • Discuss the basics of current safety programs
  • Explore the main theories on accident causation and prevention, related to enterprise risk management programs
  • Know how accidents can be prevented using evidence and best practices
  • Design and operate an SMS as required by the main aviation authorities and ICAO
  • Describe how every manager in an aviation organization is affected and can be made part of the integrated safety management system

Course content

  • Key safety issues in aviation
  • The basics of current safety programs
  • The main theories on accident causation and prevention, related to enterprise risk management programs
  • Systematized safety management
  • SMS planning and operation
  • SMS implementation and regulation
  • Accident prevention using evidence and best practices
  • Human Factor elements of SMS

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Corporate, executive staff from airlines and airports
  • Airline management staff
  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Ground Operations Service Providers
  • Representatives of aviation business

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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