Safety Management (Advanced) – Evaluating Effectiveness

2-day course | Classroom, Virtual & In-company training
  • Classroom courses in London Gatwick and Malaysia
  • Learn how to assess the effectiveness of an organisation’s SMS
  • Master how to improve your SMS to make it more effective
  • Explore the latest developments in SMS
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15/07/2024 16/07/2024 Online £910.00 Only 4 places remaining Book
23/09/2024 24/09/2024 Online £910.00 More than 5 places Book
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16/12/2024 17/12/2024 Online £910.00 More than 5 places Book
25/02/2025 26/02/2025 London Gatwick £910.00 More than 5 places Book
What is Safety Management Evaluation?

Evaluating a safety management system (SMS) in aviation is crucial for several reasons. Firstly, it allows for the identification of potential weaknesses or gaps in the system, enabling organisations to take proactive measures to address them before they lead to incidents or accidents. By conducting regular evaluations, aviation entities can assess the effectiveness of safety policies, procedures, and risk mitigation strategies, ensuring they are aligned with industry best practices and regulatory requirements. Evaluating the SMS also provides valuable insights into the overall safety performance of an organisation, helping to identify trends, areas for improvement, and opportunities for enhancing safety culture. Additionally, regulatory authorities often require SMS evaluations to ensure compliance and adherence to safety standards. Ultimately, by evaluating the SMS, the aviation industry can continually enhance safety, prevent incidents, and maintain public trust and confidence in air travel.

Course Overview

In our Safety Management Systems (SMS) Principles and Applications course, you will have learnt how to implement and assess a basic SMS. Building on those foundations, in this advanced course, you will develop the skills and knowledge to competently evaluate the effectiveness of an organisation’s SMS.

This course draws on the ICAO Annex 19 & Doc 9859 SMS Framework, EASA Management System Rules and UK CAA SMS Guidance Material, along with case studies, experiences and observations from the UK CAA’s current oversight activities. You will benefit from the latest thinking on SMS, examples of best practice and the latest regulatory changes and policies towards SMS, delivered by UK CAA experts.

This training course is highly interactive and uses group activities and discussion to help develop your Safety Management skills.

This course is suitable for regulatory personnel within a National Aviation Authority (NAA) / Government Department and for Responsible Managers in organisations or those within a similar role who want to assess the effectiveness or / and compliance of their own SMS, as well as that of their contracted organisations.

This training course will include the following topics:

  • Enhancing safety performance
  • Safety Policy & Objectives
  • Risk Management
  • Safety Assurance and Promotion
  • Organisational Assessments in Practice

By the end of this course delegates will be able to demonstrate the knowledge of how to assess the effectiveness of an organisation’s SMS and will gain the ability to evaluate their third-party suppliers where applicable.

Delegates should have a basic knowledge of Safety Management Systems and the ICAO SMS Framework (ICAO Doc 9859).

It is recommended that delegates have attended the Safety Management Systems (SMS) – Principles & Applications course prior to attending the Advanced Safety Management System course.

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.

Graham Wheeler

Safety Management Systems - Introduction 
Safety Management Systems - Small Organisations 
Safety Management Systems for Small Organisations - Blended Training Course 
Safety Management Systems - Principles and Applications 
Safety Management Systems - Principles and Applications (MAvA)
Safety Management (Advanced) - Evaluating Effectiveness 
Safety Management Systems Refresher Training
Advanced Safety Management Systems - Evaluating for Effectiveness - Virtual (Asia Region)
Root Cause Analysis

Graham has over 38 years’ experience working in the Aviation industry, in areas of aircraft maintenance, production and quality oversight.  He is a qualified aircraft maintenance engineer and lead quality auditor, spending several years overseeing the build of Boeing Aircraft in Seattle.  Graham has been working for the UK CAA for the last 18 years as an Airworthiness Surveyor and in several managerial technical roles supporting the regulatory oversight of aviation and the UK CAA as a competent authority. He is now using his experience to help the development and sustainability of aviation safety globally.

Nicole Herrington

Risk Monitoring and Safety Performance
Safety Management Systems - Introduction 
Safety Management Systems - Small Organisations 
Safety Management Systems for Small Organisations - Blended Training Course 
Safety Management Systems - Principles and Applications 
Safety Management Systems - Principles and Applications (MAvA)
Safety Management (Advanced) - Evaluating Effectiveness 
Safety Management Systems Refresher Training
Advanced Safety Management Systems - Evaluating for Effectiveness - Virtual (Asia Region)

Nicole works as an Intelligence Lead AAA in the Safety Performance and Risk department of the UK CAA. Her responsibilities include data analysis and consolidation of intelligence sources for the identification and articulation of industry risks, as well as risk assessment. Prior to joining the UK CAA, Nicole flew commercially for a private charter operation, and then went on to hold Safety Management roles. As a Safety Manager she worked to promote the SMS as an engine for change by empowering front line personnel to engage with the process through reporting to drive safety and production improvements for the organisation.

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)
Techniques in Auditing Approved Organisations
Maintenance Steering Group (MSG) 3 – An Overview Course
Auditing of NDT Disciplines 
Reliability and Maintenance Programme Management

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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