Safety Management Systems – Principles and Applications

Virtual, Classroom & In-company Delivery
  • Classroom courses in London Gatwick (2-days plus e-Learning) and Malaysia (3-days)
  • Review the SMS framework and the key SMS components
  • Understand the principles of a SMS, its benefits and challenges
  • Learn how to develop and promote a positive safety culture
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12/09/2023 London Gatwick £1,150.00 More than 5 places Book
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Course overview

What is a Safety Management System?

A Safety Management System (SMS) within any aviation organisation provides a systematic approach to managing safety. For an SMS to be effective, there must be the necessary organisational structures, accountabilities, responsibilities, policies and procedures.  An effective SMS should enable an organisation to identify hazards, assess risks and can be the mechanism to continuously improve safety performance.

Course Overview

Organisations across the aviation industry are required to have a Safety Management System. But what is a SMS, and how does it work?

This course provides an introduction to SMS, based on ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. On completing the course, you will have the skills required to develop, implement, manage and assess a basic SMS.

The course draws on the ICAO SMS Framework, EASA ORO.GEN.200 Rules and UK CAA SMS Guidance Material, along with experiences and observations from the UK CAA’s current oversight activities. The course is a combination of presentations, group discussion and practical exercises, delivered by UK CAA experts.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for individuals working in the Aviation Industry who require an introduction to Safety Management Systems to fulfil their role in contributing to safety.

Tangible benefits have been identified by Safety Managers, Quality Managers and industry and regulatory personnel with a safety remit.

Key topics

This training course will include the following topics:

  • Overview of SMS
  • Requirements for implementing, developing and maintaining an SMS
  • The SMS regulatory framework – ICAO, EASA and UK CAA
  • Creating a positive safety culture
  • Practical tools to actively engage in your SMS
  • The regulator’s assessment of a basic SMS

Course objectives

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

  • ICAO, EASA and UK CAA Safety management regulatory framework and how to apply these policies and principles into their working environment
  • The value of an organisation having a SMS in place and the possible legal implications of not having one
  • The importance of a positive safety culture
  • The need for meaningful hazard identification and risk assessment to increase safety levels


Participants should be familiar with the aviation environment in the context of safety.

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.

Delivery Methods: Classroom and Virtual

This course can delivered virtually or face-to-face in classroom at our London Gatwick and Malaysian training centres.

Browse the table below to select your preferred date, delivery method and location (classroom only). If you can not find your preferred form of delivery and date, please contact us.

Course type:

  • Web = Virtual online delivery using WebEx video conferencing. We have applied a 5% discount to all our virtual course deliveries. Unless stated otherwise, our virtual courses are streamed live, starting at 09:00 am (UK time).
  • Class = A face-to-face classroom course delivered in the location listed in the “venue” column. In light of COVID-19, please check your eligibility and our COVID-19 measures.
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We can also tailor this training courses to suit an organisation’s individual training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered virtually or onsite in a classroom at a client’s international location. Contact us for more information.

Course Type Course Name Start Date End Date Venue Cost Availability Book
Class Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Principles & Applications 12/09/2023 13/09/2023 London Gatwick £1,150.00 More than 5 places Book
Web Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Principles & Applications 23/10/2023 24/10/2023 Online £1,092.00 Only 1 place remaining Book
Web Safety Management Systems (SMS) - Principles & Applications 13/02/2024 14/02/2024 Online £1,092.00 More than 5 places Book

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