Our Program

For over half a century, the USC program has served as the gold standard of aviation safety management education.  The program has developed a reputation for excellence that is recognized nationally and internationally in the aviation community.

Our program was established at USC in 1952 as the first Aviation Safety program at a major research university.  We offer 27 courses to over 1000 students each year in a personal, hands-on, format.  Our instructors are skilled educators with extensive industry experience, and courses are taught in small classes to facilitate classroom interaction.  Students gain the knowledge to establish safety programs, investigate aircraft accidents, become expert witnesses, and deal with human factor issues.

Individual courses are designed to provide the student with expertise in a particular subject area. While each course is constructed as a whole and taught independently of the others, those interested in preparing for a full-time career in aviation safety should consider a program of courses that provides broad knowledge. We award the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety and Security Certificate to those successfully completing the required program. It certifies completion of training in the multidisciplinary areas of Aviation Safety Management.

More than 27,000 aviation professionals have come from over 70 nations to attend, including:

  • All major U.S. air carriers and aircraft manufacturers.
  • Many International air carriers recognized for their outstanding safety records, including Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, EVA Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia
  • U.S. government agencies managing air safety and accident investigations and recommendations – the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, US Customs and Border Protection, the FBI and the equivalent agencies of Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago and Brazil
  • Other agencies – Forest Service, Customs Service, DEA, FBI, INS, Bureau of Land Management, Border Patrol, all branches of the military
  • Local agencies across the country such as the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Fire Department, Gainesville Florida Police Department, Columbus Ohio Airport Police, New York City Police Department, as well as many others.


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Certificate Programs

Explore our two professional certificate programs: Aviation Safety & Security and Systems Safety.
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Contract Courses

Aircraft operators, airports and aviation authorities often have the need to provide USC Aviation Safety and Security courses to a large number of employees. Our program provides courses upon request at locations other than our Los Angeles classrooms.
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