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Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS) for ANS Providers (Classroom, 3 days)

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This course will familiarize you with fatigue risk management systems (FRMS) applicable to Air Traffic Management (ATM). It provides an overview of the science that underlies fatigue, its causes and its impact on air traffic controller performance. Concrete real-life examples of how fatigue affects operations are provided coupled with hands-on exercises that reinforce incident/accident anecdotes. You will also receive training on how to assess and mitigate fatigue risk within your organization through the development and implementation of FRMS. The course is designed to help air navigation service providers comply with ICAO fatigue management regulations expected to take effect by 2020.

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

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 3 days (24 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • Participants should have prior knowledge of Operational Air Traffic Control
  • Recommended level is Management and Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

Next class

Apr 06 - Apr 08, 2020 - Switzerland, Geneva (IATA)
2 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Be conversant about the factors that cause fatigue
  • Describe how fatigue affects the provision of air traffic services
  • Determine how different approaches to fatigue management affect your organization and be able to assess which one is most appropriate
  • Be familiar with current industry requirements and documentation relating to fatigue management
  • Participate actively in the implementation of fatigue management and be able to meet regulatory requirements

Course content

  • Overview of sleep science and circadian rhythms
  • Effects of shiftwork
  • Standard fatigue measurement techniques
  • How bio-mathematical models estimate air traffic controller fatigue
  • Shortcomings of bio-mathematical models that estimate air traffic controller fatigue
  • The effects of commuting, workload and motivation
  • The relationship between fatigue, operational costs and safety in air traffic control
  • The benefits of introducing an FRMS
  • Comparison of an FRMS with the traditional methods of air traffic controller fatigue risk management
  • How to implement an FRMS
  • The steps in Fatigue Risk Management processes
  • FRMS safety assurance processes
  • FRMS promotion including training programs
  • How to build the culture of trust for a collaborative approach to FRMS implementation
  • Investigating fatigue in reports, incidents, accidents

Download the course outline

  • Case studies and examples
  • Fatigue modeling

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs)
  • ATC line managers
  • Air Navigation Service (ANS) Provider rostering personnel

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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Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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