Aviation Safety & Security Certificate


Individual courses are designed to provide the student with expertise in a particular subject area, and each course is taught independently of others.

We recommend completion of a series of courses leading to a more comprehensive knowledge of the field for those interested in a full career in aviation safety and security.  To recognize the successful completion of this more ambitious program, USC awards the Aviation Safety and Security Certificate.  This certifies completion of training in several multidisciplinary areas including Aviation Safety Management, Accident Investigation, Human Factors and Technology.

Students satisfying the four following categories will be awarded the USC Aviation Safety and Security Certificate.

1. One of the following:
Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS)
Safety Management for Aviation Maintenance (MAINT)
Safety Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPSM)
System Safety (SSC)

2. One of the following:
Aircraft Accident Investigation (AAI)
Helicopter Accident Investigation (HAI)
Gas Turbine Engine Accident Investigation (GTAI)

3. One of the following:
Human Factors in Aviation Safety (HFH)
Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance (HFMX)
Human Performance and Resilience (HPRL)

4a. Two of the following:
Photography for Aircraft Accident Investigation (PHOTO)
Threat and Error Management (TEM)
SMS for Managers (SMS-MGR)
SMS for Airport Construction Operations (SMS-ACO)
SMS for Ground Operation Safety (SMS-RAMP)
Safety Performance Indicators (SPI)


4b. One of the following:
SeMS Aviation Security Management Systems (AVSEC)
Data for Safety Management (DATA)
Software Safety (SFT)
Advanced Software Safety (ADVSFT)
Accident/Incident Response Preparedness (AIP)
Aviation Law & Aviation Dispute Resolution (LEGAL)
Incident Investigation / Analysis (IIA)
One additional management course from #1
One additional investigation course from #2

Program Series

For individuals interested in completing the Aviation Safety and Security Certificate Program entirely in one continuous time frame, we are offering the following series, please refer to pp. 9 of the 2023-24 Course Catalog.

Published on June 21st, 2017

Last updated on May 8th, 2023