Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Civil Aviation - University of Geneva

Did you know that in the past 3 years, 87 participants from 35 countries have taken this course with IATA?


An executive workshop to demystify ICAO Safety Management Systems. Take on board the key safety management principles, and those of accident prevention and related human factors. Top IATA lecturers will share their experience on how theory is applied in practice.

This course is offered as part of the IATA-University of Geneva Aviation Management Program. A related course is also scheduled at our IATA Training Centers.

Course code: TALS-16

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 3 days (24 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor / University of Geneva Professor.
  • This course has been customized into a three-day format for the IATA-University of Geneva Aviation Management program. It may be taken as a single certificate course, or as part of the Diploma in Advanced Studies in Aviation Management, or Executive MBA with specialization in aviation management.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • Participants will be required to read articles as pre-course reading
  • 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

Next class

Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Civil Aviation - University of Geneva

Switzerland, Geneva (UoG-AV-Virtual)
15 - 17 March, 2021
Please register by 22 Feb
All prices are before tax. Class no: 118540 English
Dev. Nations
USD 2,500
USD 2,500
USD 2,500

For more information, please contact:
Marie-José Escudero
Program Coordinator, Executive Education
Bureau Uni Pignon 604
42 bd du Pont-d'Arve
CH - 1211 Genève 4


Tel: +41 22 379 89 75

You can also apply online at least two weeks prior to the course start.

IATA - University of Geneva Advanced Studies in Aviation Management application form

2 daily LIVE sessions:
19:00-21:00 & 22:00-0:00 Beijing/Singapore
15:00-17:00 & 18:00-20:00 Dubai
12:00-14:00 & 15:00-17:00 Geneva/Paris
7:00-9:00 & 10:00-12:00 Miami/Montreal
11:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:00 UTC

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What you will learn

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the key safety issues in aviation
  • Understand 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 a SMS as required by the main aviation authorities and ICAO
  • Understand how every manager in an aviation organization is affected and can be made part of the integrated safety management system

Course content

  • Introduction to Safety Management System framework
  • Review basic safety concepts and the historical development of aviation safety
  • Regulatory aspects of safety management
  • Creating and implementing successful safety management systems
  • Operating a safety management system
  • Human factors implications on safety management

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Corporate and executive staff from airlines and airports
  • Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Ground Operations Service Providers
  • Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and other operational staff
  • Representatives of aviation business

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.

Participants enrolled in the Diploma in Advanced Studies in Aviation Management will benefit from receiving an academic diploma from both University of Geneva and IATA.

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