Aviation Safety Management System Audit Techniques – 2 Days


Quality Assurance Audits are essentially prescriptive or compliance driven means that there is a standard against which we are assessing conformity, any deviations are written up as a finding or a corrective action.

Safety Assurance System Audits on the other hand look at more than compliance (although this aspect is indeed a feature) Safety Audits look at the “performance” of the SMS.

Such a variable approach to developing our SMS creates a challenge to deliver a standardised audit. However we are still able to develop a meaningful assessment of the Safety Management System by considering how the organisation sets its objectives and manages the available data to support the delivery of these objectives.

This 2 Day course is focused on the role of both Industry and Authority Personnel who have a need to deliver an assessment of an aviation Safety Management System (SMS)

Who is the course for?

This training is highly relevant for safety and quality assurance auditors Manager as well as business area stake holders who need to have a deep appreciation of the safety audit process.

What are the benefits – What will I learn

  • To understand the role of performance audits
  • How to engage with the challenges of assessing the effectiveness of SMS processes
  • Achieve the confidence to highlight shortfalls and areas of weakness in the SMS process
  • Constructing findings in a performance context
  • Gain a detailed understanding of the multiple challenges to deliver a practical SMS
  • Benefit from understanding Industry Best Practice

 Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

-General SMS Introduction
-The Difference between Quality and Safety Assurance
-Understanding the Nature of Risk
-Safety Auditor Competences
-Delivering Safety Audits
-Techniques for Advanced Safety Auditing –DATA Driven
-Performance Auditing Challenges
-How to Evaluate the Organization Data Capture and Data Analysis Processes
-How to Approach Contributory Factors, Risk and Severity
-How we Measure and Categorize Risk
-SPT – Alert Level – SPI
-Considering Aviation Safety System Performance Indicators
-Human Factors Safety Culture and Risk Assessment
-Considering Mitigations and Recommendation Proposals
-Assessing SMS Communication Tools
-Auditing the Impact of Safety Culture on SMS
-Safety Management System Occurrence Reporting Considerations
-SMS Audit – Case Study

Target groups

Safety and quality assurance auditors Manager, business area stake holders who need to have a deep appreciation of the safety audit process.


Attendees to this training should have a detailed understanding of the Aviation SMS Basics as well as a practical understanding regarding implementation of SMS.

Learning Objectives

– To understand the fundamentals of Safety Auditing
– To understand the practical challenges to deliver effective Safety Audits
– To deal effectively with the cross department issues

Certificate Wording

Safety System Auditing – Compliance & Performance, Understanding Gap Analysis Direct, Contributing & Root Causes, Auditing Management of Change, SMS Performance Indicators and Effective Oversight Processes. Assessing Hazard identification & Safety Risk Management Process, Safety Culture & Willingness to Report.

What do People Say about Sofema Aviation Services Training?

“The instructor used the right words to explain the material.”
“The discussions among the group were very beneficial.”
“The instructor showed a very resourceful background and experience.”
“All sections of the course were related to my field.”
“Adequate answers were given to specific questions.”


2 Days – To commence at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

To register for this training, please email team@sassofia.com or Call +359 28210806


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