Loading Events

« All Events

Safety Management Systems for Managers (SMS-MGR 23-2) **ONLINE or IN-PERSON**

June 1, 2023 @ 8:00 am - June 2, 2023 @ 12:00 pm


Course Description

SMS has dramatically changed how safety programs are conducted and managed. Its success or failure is dependent on management understanding and support. ICAO has established it as a standard for airports, commercial aircraft operators and air traffic providers. SMS is being implemented throughout the aviation industry. A key feature of Safety Management Systems (SMS) is the active involvement at all levels of management in the safety process. This course is designed to explain the fundamentals of the SMS process to managers and supervisors. It focuses on the particular functions and responsibilities that managers have within a SMS. The particular benefits of an SMS are detailed. Additionally, potential issues which may cause friction as a result of an SMS are discussed.

This course is an introductory level course. It is not intended as a substitute for the full length SMS courses: Aviation Safety Management Systems (ASMS), Safety Management for Aviation Maintenance (MAINT), or System Safety (SSC). The ten hour format is primarily designed for presentation to managers. It will conducted both at USC and via on-site contracts.


To provide managers and supervisors an understanding of the principles of an SMS and a clear vision of the role of the manager.

Who Should Attend

Managers and supervisors of aviation operations and aviation related organizations including aircraft operators, airports, and air traffic control facilities.

Course Outline

  • Overview of SMS
  • Management Roles and Responsibilities
  • Management Accountabilities
  • Program Document
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Risk Assessment
  • Change Process Management
  • Audits and Safety Reviews
  • Motivating Safe Behavior
  • Safety Action Groups
  • Safety Culture and Climates
  • Education and Training
  • Just Reporting System
  • Latent Conditions/Active Errors
  • Accident/Incident Costs
  • Mishap Investigation
  • Data Analysis
  • Obstacles to SMS

Course Duration

1.5 Days

Register Here

Published on March 1st, 2022

Last updated on March 1st, 2022


June 1, 2023 @ 8:00 am
June 2, 2023 @ 12:00 pm


USC Aviation Safety and Security Program
6033 W. Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website