SMS for Managers – Leading on Aviation Safety

1-day course | Classroom, Virtual & In-company training
  • Classroom courses in London Gatwick and Malaysia
  • Specially designed for Senior Managers/Directors
  • Understand the Senior Manager’s role in a SMS
  • Discuss how to develop an safety vision for your organisation
Start Date End Date Venue Price (Excl. VAT) Availability Book
05/03/2024 05/03/2024 Online £456.00 More than 5 places Book
07/10/2024 07/10/2024 Online £505.00 More than 5 places Book
24/02/2025 24/02/2025 Online £505.00 More than 5 places Book
What role do Senior Managers play in an SMS?

Senior Managers in an aviation safety management system (SMS) play a crucial role in establishing a strong safety culture. They set the strategic direction, allocate resources, and ensure clear safety policies and targets. Their involvement fosters collaboration, sharing of safety information, and effective risk management. By demonstrating a commitment to safety and engaging in the SMS, Senior Managers instil confidence, promote proactive safety management, and enhance overall safety performance, protecting personnel, assets, and the travelling public.

Course Overview

Senior Managers have a vital role to play in safety management. Although Senior Managers may not be directly involved with an organisation’s Safety Management System (SMS), without the full support of senior management filtering down from the top, an organisation may not be able to deliver the value and benefits of an effective SMS.

This course has been designed specifically to help senior managers develop the skills and knowledge required for safety leadership and to encourage a positive safety culture.

This is a one-day classroom course led by a UK CAA expert, where you will start to put your safety leadership skills into practice through discussion and group activities, along with face-to-face presentation.

This course is suitable for Accountable Managers and other senior management roles in an aviation organisation.

This course is suitable for senior managers working in the Aviation Industry who require an overview of Safety Management Systems to fulfil their role in contributing to safety.

Tangible benefits have been identified by Safety Managers, Quality Managers and other senior managers within Industry and Regulatory Authorities.

This training course will include the following topics:

  • Overview of a Safety Management System and what is needed to develop and maintain one
  • The SMS regulatory framework – International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA)
  • Creating a positive safety culture
  • The benefits of senior manager’s involvement in SMS
  • Practical tools to actively engage in your SMS
  • The Regulator’s assessment of the senior management role within the SMS
  • Assessing overall effectiveness of the SMS

By the end of this course delegates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The high-level overview of SMS and what is needed to develop and maintain one
  • The value of having an effective SMS in place
  • The importance of encouraging a positive safety culture
  • The regulator’s assessment of the senior management role within the SMS
  • The legal implications of not having an effective SMS

There are no formal qualifications required.

Meet your Instructors

Simon Roberts

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Introduction
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
Just Culture for the Team
Just Culture for Responsible Managers
Root Cause Analysis

Simon has 40 years aviation experience working with airlines and aviation maintenance organisations. He has been working over 21 years for the UK CAA and during last 9 years he was responsible for the Safety Management System (SMS) policy and strategy across the UK CAA. He has led international projects for SMS and State Safety Programs (SSP) working with ICAO, EASA and other regulators. Simon is also a maintenance Human Factors specialist and co-chairs the EASA Human Factors Collaborative Analysis Group (CAG). Using his extensive experience, Simon has been instructing SMS and SSP training worldwide.

Colin Greenwood

Leading on Aviation Safety
Safety Management Systems – Introduction
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications
Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness
Safety Management Systems – Small Organisations
Just Culture for the Team
Just Culture for Responsible Managers
EASA Part 21 G Production Organisation Approval
EASA Part 145 Maintenance Training Approval
EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness

Colin is an Airworthiness specialist with nearly 40 years of experience working in aviation, including over 10 years with the UK CAA. Colin has experience in both military and civilian environments including aircraft & component production, continuing airworthiness for Aircraft Operator’s Certificate (AOC) holders and Non-Commercial Complex aircraft (NCC)/Private operations, maintenance of complex & non-complex fixed and rotary wing aircraft, engines and components, maintenance control, safety management, quality assurance (compliance monitoring), Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) training, management and consultancy. In addition, Colin has extensive experience as an auditor in Continuing Airworthiness, Maintenance & Production environments, under ICAO, EASA and other national regulatory requirements.

Devan Ramasamy

EASA Part M Continuing Airworthiness (including SEARIF)
EASA Part 145 including DCA Malaysia Notice 6501 (CAA Malaysia Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Approval)
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications (MAvA)

Devan has been with the UK CAA since 1998 and has about 52 years’ experience in the aviation industry, spread across both GA and large aircraft. He has worked with Airlines / MROs based overseas and in the UK. Devan holds an EASA Licence in Cats B2/limited B1 and C. He is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and an Incorporated Engineer with the UK Engineering Council.

Additional Information

Course delivery methods

We offer two different ways to attend this course:

  • Face-to-Face Classroom Course: Embrace the traditional learning method by attending our physical training venue. Benefit from direct interaction with our instructors and fellow participants, creating an immersive and hands-on learning experience. To book a classroom course, please check the booking table at the top of this page and select your preferred training venue location.
  • Instructor-Led Virtual Course: Enjoy the flexibility of attending this training remotely from your home or office with our live virtual course. Engage in interactive learning from anywhere in the world. We usually use WebEx or Zoom for our virtual courses. To attend this course virtually, look for the ‘online’ venue option in the booking table above.

Please note that course durations may vary slightly between our face-to-face and virtual deliveries. Please refer to the start and end date of your chosen course.

Our goal is to offer flexible, effective and convenient course delivery methods that suit your preferences and learning needs. Please choose the option that works best for you!

If you can’t see a classroom or virtual option, we likely haven’t released the next set of dates. Please get in touch to find out when we’ll announce the new dates, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed once they are available or even add you to our waiting list.

Further reading

UK CAA CAP 795 Safety Management Systems (SMS) Guidance for Organisations
This document provides guidance on the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS). It has been developed to give sufficient understanding of SMS concepts to implement and maintain an effective SMS. It reflects and meets the requirements of ICAO Annex 19 and EASA Management System Implementing Rules.

In-company delivery

We can also tailor this training course to suit your organisation’s training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered at your organisation’s location – almost anywhere, worldwide. Please Contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements.

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