Safety Management Systems for Managers (SMS-MGR)

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 be conducted both at USC and via on-site contracts.

Objectives:  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.

SMS-MGR 24-2 (hybrid)
SMS-MGR 25-1 (hybrid)
SMS-MGR 25-2 (hybrid)
SMS-MGR 26-1 (hybrid)
29-30 May 2024
18-19 Dec 2024
29-30 May 2025
17-18 Dec 2025

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
  • CEU: 1.1

    Course Duration:  1.5 Days

    Tuition: $1,200 (July 2023 - June 2024); $1,250 (July 2024 - June 2025); $TBD (July 2025 - June 2026)

    Published on June 8th, 2017

    Last updated on March 12th, 2024