FAA Safety Management Systems Implementation Overview – 1 Day


This FAA Safety Management Systems Implementation Overview provides an introduction of FAA regulatory requirements, guidance, and methods of developing and implementing an SMS based on the requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 5 which satisfies the SMS Standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as published in ICAO Annex 19.

This training also considers relevant parts of FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 121-92B Safety Management Systems for Aviation Service Providers, and FAA Order 8000.369B Safety Management Systems.

An SMS is an organization-wide comprehensive and preventive approach to managing safety. An SMS includes a safety policy, formal methods for identifying hazards and mitigating risk, and promotion of a positive safety culture. An SMS also provides assurance of the overall safety performance of your organization. An SMS is intended to be designed and developed by your own people and should be integrated into your existing operations and business decision-making processes.

This training will assist your organization’s leadership, management teams, and employees in making effective and informed safety decisions through understanding the basic processes of “what” must be accomplished to implement an effective SMS, as well as providing guidance on how the SMS may be developed to achieve the safety performance objectives outlined by your organization.

As there is no “one-size-fits-all” SMS, each organization should develop an SMS that works for its unique operation. Thus, this training provides guidance regarding designing and implementing acceptable methods of compliance with the requirements of part 5.

An SMS is not meant to be a separate system built alongside or on top of your other business systems. An SMS should be integrated into your existing business structure. A properly integrated SMS fosters a fundamental and sustainable change in how you view and analyze data and information, how you make informed decisions, and how you develop new operational and business methods.

What is the Benefit of this Training – What will I learn?

a) The background of FAA-based regulatory requirements to develop a Safety Management System,
b) An understanding of different training categories and courses of study,
c) The considerations to be thought out to develop a Training Needs Assessment,
d) The use of different training methods, and sources of training,
e) An understanding of the selection process and qualification of training instructors,
f) Different methods / tools to measure competence and training effectiveness,
g) The knowledge to be able to establish the framework for a Training Program Manual, and author its content.
h) To be able to identify where forms and records of training are required to develop meaningful training documentation.

Detailed Content / Topics – The following Subjects will be addressed

-Abbreviations & Terms
-General Introduction & Components of an ICAO SMS
-The Foundations of an Aviation Safety Management System
-Considering FAA & EASA Approach to Safety Management Systems
-Safety Management System Components
-Safety Risk Management Principles
-Understanding Safety Assurance Processes
-What is the Current Status of the SMS within your Organization & Where are the Challenges?
-Safety Policy –Development, Accountability and Promotion
-Effective Safety Promotion and Communication
-Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement
-SMS Documentation and Recordkeeping
-Building a Safety Management System
-SMS Implementation Planning and Strategy
-Integrating Existing Safety Programs into the Safety Management System

Target groups

Quality Managers; Quality Engineers; Inspection Personnel; Safety Managers; Safety Personnel; Maintenance Managers; Maintenance Personnel from the following organizations:

Operators/Air Carriers, Repair Stations/Approved Maintenance Organizations, Staff from National Aviation Authorities.


A background in an aviation environment.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to:

After attending this course, participants shall have an understanding of specific FAA SMS requirements and be able to present to the senior management team an SMS development plan which will continue to drive your organizations SMS in a strong and positive direction.

‒ Secure knowledge of the FAA regulatory requirements for Safety Management Systems for Service Providers,

‒ Use different methods to assess an individual’s competence and measure the effectiveness of training,

‒ Develop a comprehensive suite of training forms and records, and

‒ Compile a Training Program Manual for submission to the regulatory authority for approval.

Certificate Wording

Introduction & Components of an ICAO SMS, Foundations of an Aviation SMS, FAA Risk & Assurance, Building a Safety Management System  I.A.W -Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 5,, Safety Promotion, Communication, Performance Monitoring and Measurement Change Management & Reporting.

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1 day commencing at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with appropriate refreshment breaks.

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