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Safety Management Systems (SMS) for Cargo Airline (Classroom, 5 days)

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Did you know that in the past 4 years, 114 participants from 18 countries have taken this course with IATA?


Understand the components of the Safety Management Systems (SMS) framework in Annex 19. Gain practical knowledge of SMS and its function, and learn how to implement and manage an effective SMS in a cargo organization.The requirements of SMS for air cargo operators, as per the new edition of Annex 19 on Safety Management, demands a top-down approach to managing safety risk. Learn how to adopt a systemic approach to risk management comprising of organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures.

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 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination


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

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What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand SMS as defined by ICAO
  • Identify and manage hazards and risks
  • Develop a safety culture within your organization
  • Apply techniques for measuring safety performance

    Course content

    • Overview of SMS principles
    • ICAO safety management standards and recommended practices (SARPs)
    • SMS management framework
    • Safety policy and objectives
    • Hazard and incident reporting
    • Safety risk management
    • Safety investigation
    • Safety analysis and safety studies
    • Safety performance monitoring
    • Emergency response planning
    • How to establish a safety culture
    • Safety assessments
    • Best practices for operating a SMS

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    • Case studies
    • Examples

    Who should attend

    This course is recommended for:

    • Cargo personnel responsible for safety
    • Cargo middle and upper management responsible for safety oversight
    • Personnel responsible for safety training

    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:

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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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