IATA Training Programmes

SMS for Airlines

This course provides learners with a complete understanding of the current Safety Management System guidelines and best practices to implement it.


  • Acquire practical techniques and skills to implement and manage a safety management system as well as measuring its performance.
  • Build a positive safety culture.
  • Target resources appropriately and measure the results.
  • Manage safety risks proactively.
  • Communicate effectively on safety with the civil aviation authority, customers, insurance underwriters and financial institutions.

Key Topics

  • Basic Safety Concepts
  • Introduction to SMS
  • SMS Planning
  • SMS Operations
  • Phased Approach to SMS implementation (ICAO)
  • Just Culture
  • Hazards Identification
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Measurement of the SMS

Target Audience

  • Experienced Airline, Airport, ANS Provider, Manufacturer and Maintenance Managers
  • Operations Supervisors and Managers
  • Aviation Board of Directors Members
  • Civil Aviation Authority Representatives


  • This course gives you practical experience using interactive exercises and case studies to understand the SMS components, just culture concept and other relevant issues.
  • An IATA Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course and final examination.
  • This course can be applied toward an IATA Diploma: Diploma in Safety Management for Airlines
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