Course Detail: SMSA - Aviation Safety Management Systems


The Aviation SMS three-day course provides participants with an expanded background in intermediate and advanced Safety Management Systems (SMS) concepts, and supports both implementation and continuous improvement of an active SMS within their organization. Through a focus on practical strategies for maturing safety management practices, attendees will develop tools to implement the theory and principles of SMS as well as an understanding of current FAA guidance and requirements for operators and organizations. Participants will receive a copy of Safety Management Systems in Aviation, authored in part by Dr. A. Stolzer, Dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle.

Who Should Attend

This course is of interest to persons who are involved in their organization's safety structure, and are interested in learning about the fundamentals of safety management systems, and individuals who will interface with an SMS in their aviation organization.

Course Objectives

By the completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the high level theories and concepts of SMS
  • Become familiar with the role of safety culture in a SMS
  • Apply the appropriate regulatory requirements for a SMS in their organization
  • Use and apply the principles of Safety Risk Management
  • Become familiar with the role of Safety Assurance in a SMS
  • Describe the requirements for SMS training and its contribution to safety culture
  • Incorporate existing programs for OH&S, Emergency Response, and decision making into a systems approach
  • Understand and apply an SMS implementation plan, including gap analysis
  • Apply basic business theories to report on SMS effectiveness/ROI

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge of $100 will be assessed on any standard cancellations. A late cancellation charge of 25% of the course registration fee will be assessed on cancellations occurring within 14 days of the start of the course.

Coronavirus Information

The health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors is our number one priority; ERAU plans to continue face-to-face instruction for the Fall 2020 with mandatory health precautions in place, while closely monitoring all health and travel advisories related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Face coverings in all common areas and classrooms, as well as physical distancing are now mandatory on Embry-Riddle's Campus, with no exceptions. Everyone must have a temperature check every 24 hours and we plan to facilitate the checks each morning where the class will be held.

Classrooms have been reconfigured to ensure physical distancing. Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place. Each attendee is asked to supply their own face covering and must wear a face covering throughout the day in class, as well as anywhere on campus at all times. Embry-Riddle appreciates your support; our goal is to provide world class education in a safe and secure environment.

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