Training courses

ICAO & EASA Safety Management System Requirements - Workshop


Developing and implementing an effective Safety Management Systems is one of the challenges in modern aviation organisations. This course provides the delegate with the opportunity to meet such challenges head on by providing them with the tools, knowledge and methodology to successfully implement a SMS in their organisation in response to ICAO Annex 19, ICAO Doc 9859 and EASA Management System requirements defined in European Aviation law. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the SMS concept for delegates from Air Operations, Training Organisations, Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness Organisations, in addition to those from Aerodromes, Air Navigation Service Providers and ATC Services. The course will cover State Safety Programmes, Service Providers’ Safety Management Systems, Hazard Identification and Risk Management principles, Safety Assurance, Safety Performance Indicators and Safety Promotion. The course will use case based studies throughout, to apply a practical aspect to the theory learned.

This workshop variant of the course will ensure that there is ample opportunity for the delegate to develop hands on experience of conducting Hazard identification and Risk Management exercises throughout the course. Much time will be dedicated to the concept of Bow Tie and other dynamic risk management models.

This is an application level course and participants should plan to bring the following:

  • A laptop computer with memory stick.
  • Hard copy and electronic copies of their current hazard log, risk assessment tools and/or manuals used in their own Management System Content


Course Content

The topics covered include:

  • ICAO SMS SARPS, ANNEX 19 and EASA Management Systems: Regulatory framework
  • State Safety Programmes (SSP and Safety Management Systems (SMS)
  • Components of a Safety Management System
  • Worldwide Aviation Safety performance
  • Accident causation and root cause analysis. Case study
  • Operational Errors and Violations: Assessing individual errors –Case studies.
  • Active and latent failures to include: Organizational influences, system influences, and operator influences: Assessing organisational failures. The direct and indirect organisational cost – Case studies.
  • The safety process – Case study.
  • Hazard Identification and Analysis – Practical case studies on Bow-Tie analysis
  • Hazard Logs / Risk Registers
  • Risk management and Risk Assessment - Business practices- Case study
  • Effective Barriers – Controls and Risk Mitigation processes- Case study
  • Management of Change (MOC) – Case studies
  • Emergency Response Planning (ERP): A practical approach and a case study
  • Safety Performance Targets (SPT), Alert Levels and Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs): The performance-based SMS. Tailored case study
  • Training and Communication – Initial, Recurrent, On the job training (OJT)
  • EASA Management System requirements (PART ARO/ORO)
  • Developing and managing an effective safety culture – Measurement of Safety Culture level
  • Implementation: What applies to ICAO members, what applies to EASA/ECAC members
  • SMS Implementation: What applies to EASA/ECAC complex organisations and what applies to EASA/ECAC non-complex organisations.
  • Agreed Safety Performance and Acceptable Level of Safety (ALoS) Performance.
  • Measuring the ALoS performance: The Effective SMS. Detailed and tailored to the operator’s need case study.
  • Safety Management Systems Implementation: a practical guide, based on ICAO SMS Manual 3rd Edition, 2013
  • SMS Evaluation tools / Audit your SMS effectiveness – Case study

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course attendees will be able to:


  • Act as an efficient safety management resource to the Accountable Manager and other managers in the Safety System.
  • Assess your current Safety Management System and Safety Management Manuals.
  • Modify and tailor your current Safety Management System.
  • Incorporate industry “best practices” into the Safety Management System.
  • Network and share information and materials with other attendees in the class.
  • Identify and use the supplemental resources provided in this course to further develop, implement, and manage an effective ICAO Safety Management System / EASA Management System
  • Understand the process, principles and business practices for the SMS/SM implementation
  • Demonstrate cognitive skills by undertaking a problem analysis and exercise reasonable judgement in assessing SMS technical requirements
  • Operate practical skills by selecting and using appropriate methods for developing an SMS/SM
  • Demonstrate professional and transferable skills by working to deadlines both individually with initiative and enterprise, and within teams showing evidence of SMS/SM implementation skills.

Who should take this course

  • Accountable managers for Operations, Training Organisations, MRO/CAMO, Aerodromes, ANSP, ATC Services.
  • Civil Aviation Authority inspectors
  • Competent Authority Personnel
  • Airline Auditors
  • Defence Audit personal
  • Compliance Monitoring staff
  • Safety Management Staff
  • Flight Operations Staff
  • Military Safety Personnel

Linked Courses

Human Factors/Crew Resource Management.


An interest in achieving increased knowledge in the understanding and development of a Safety Management System.

Note: This is an application level course and participants should plan to bring the following:

  • A laptop computer with memory stick.
  • Hard copy and electronic copies of their current hazard log, risk assessment tools and/or manuals used in their own Management System Content


5 days starting at 09:00 on all days, finishing at 16:45 on the first four days, and at 16:00 on the fifth day.