Approved by ICAO: JAA TO’s first classroom-based Standardized Training Package (STP)

JAA TO, 06 December 2018, The Netherlands

The Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAA TO) is proud to announce that its first classroom-based Standardized Training Package (STP) was approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the 22nd of November 2018. The "Safety Management for Approved Maintenance Organisations under ICAO/EASA Rules" training course was delivered for the first time on 24 - 26 October 2018, in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands. The session was observed and validated by Mr. Mostafa Hoummady, Senior Validator, JAA TO’s Director Ms. Paula Vieira de Almeida as OJT Validator, JAA TO’s Senior ICAO Qualified Course Developer Ms. Ceyrine Pellikaan, and her Assistant Ms. Carolyn Mayes.  

JAA TO’s Course Development Unit (CDU) Manager, Ms. Ceyrine Pellikaan, who holds a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Sciences, coordinated the project with her team, which included the Subject Matter Expert. “As part of my responsibilities, I oversee development of new courses and ensure that our existing portfolio is continuously updated according to JAA TO’s high-quality training standards. As an ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence (RTCE), JAA TO is also responsible for the development of ICAO-harmonised training packages, according to the TRAINAIR Plus methodology”, Ms. Pellikaan explains.   

Safety Management Systems, abbreviated as SMS, are very important tools for organisations in Aviation. The new course is focused on the implementation of SMS in Approved Maintenance Organisations (AMOs). SMS for AMOs is a core ICAO-Annex 19 requirement. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is planning to introduce SMS requirements for PART-M/CAMO and PART-145 continuing airworthiness organisations. In accordance with the new rules, SMS should be implemented by 2021 for PART-M/CAMO and by 2023 for PART-145 organisations.

JAA TO is honored to contribute to the mission of ICAO and EASA, providing the industry with high-quality competency-based training courses. Through this STP, trainees gain the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to implement EASA and ICAO Management System requirements within AMOs.

Having an STP approved by ICAO is a complex process, which JAA TO is proud to have completed successfully for the first time, following the TRAINAIR Plus methodology which consists of three phases: 1) preliminary analysis of the problem the prospective course wishes to solve; 2) design of the course tools based on what the trainees should be able to do, rather than to simply know; and 3) validation phase with a group of participants acting as a sample target-audience. In the last phase, participants play a crucial role in sharing opinions, comments and feedback on where to improve, and expert validators report progresses back to ICAO.

As an ICAO RTCE, JAA TO has a responsibility to both lead the aviation training industry as well as to, in coordination with ICAO, develop, improve and provide training courses according to the excellent TRAINAIR Plus methodology; thereby assisting ICAO in further disseminating the SARPs and recognized best practices for safety. The development of this and future STP courses contributes in a real sense to the accomplishment of these responsibilities.

Learn more about the training course “Safety Management for Approved Maintenance Organisations under ICAO/EASA Rules” on:

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About the Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAA TO)

              The Joint Aviation Authorities Training Organisation (JAA TO) is a Dutch Foundation providing regulatory training courses in multiple fields of aviation to help improve aviation safety worldwide and promote the understanding of existing and new European aviation regulations, as well as regulations based on ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). JAA TO is an associated body of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). It is also a leading member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)’s Virtual Academy, and an ICAO Regional Training Centre of Excellence (RTCE). With more than 500 training courses scheduled per year at the headquarters in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, as well as at various partner-locations worldwide, JAA TO serves as a platform for the aviation community to learn and exchange views on the latest regulatory developments. JAA TO also provides advisory services, including assistance with building capacity for training academies. Website:

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