Safety Management Systems Training (USA)


SMS is a proactive approach to safety that has been adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

This course will introduce you to the key principles and concepts of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and the U.S. regulations that pertain to them.

It will also explore the four basic components of SMS required by the FAA.


On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the relevant regulatory frameworks and background to SMS.
  • Explain the key principles, concepts, and processes of SMS.
  • Describe the major benefits of SMS.
  • Understand the four basic components of a Safety Management System required by the FAA.

Who Should Enrol?

  • All new employees that require initial safety training as part of their induction process.
  • Existing employees that require initial or recurrent safety training.
  • Personnel from all airport stakeholders and service providers that operate at the airport.
  • Airport managers, supervisors or personnel with operations, safety, or compliance responsibilities.
  • Personnel responsible for training and facilitating airside operational staff.
  • Anyone interested in a career in airport operations and/or safety.

Course Content

The Safety Management Systems (USA) course covers the following topics:

SMS Regulatory Framework

  • The international and U.S. specific regulatory frameworks relevant to SMS.
  • Key events in the move to implement SMS at U.S. airports.

SMS Overview

  • The key safety principles of SMS and how they differ from traditional approaches to safety.
  • The basic safety processes of SMS and how these processes help airports to identify hazards and mitigate risks.
  • The major benefits of SMS.

Safety Policy

  • The purpose of a Safety Policy.
  • The key elements of a Safety Policy.

Safety Risk Management

  • The importance, and key elements, of Safety Risk Management.
  • The steps involved in identifying hazards, analyzing the risk they pose, and implementing and tracking mitigations.
  • The FAA’s requirements for Safety Risk Management documentation.
  • The importance of non-punitive hazard reporting.

Safety Assurance

  • The important role that Safety Assurance plays within SMS.
  • FAA requirements for monitoring safety performance and reporting safety issues.

Safety Promotion

  • The key components of Safety Promotion – culture, training, and communication.


This course includes an integrated online assessment.

Candidates must successfully complete the assessment to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course info

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Level: Short Course
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$95.00 USD