State Safety Programme for Director Generals and Senior Managers

1-day course I Virtual & In-Company training
  • Explore Annex 19 and State Safety Management Responsibilities
  • Develop an understanding of the State Safety Programme
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What is a State Safety Programme?

A State Safety Programme (SSP) refers to a structured and comprehensive approach to managing safety within a state’s aviation system. It is designed to ensure effective safety oversight, risk management, and the promotion of a strong safety culture throughout the aviation industry.

Course Overview

The Civil Aviation Authority’s Director General and Senior Managers within CAA’s including Accident Investigation Authorities and Government Aviation Departments have a vital role to play in an effective State Safety Programme (SSP).  Although they may not be involved in the day-to-day running of the State Safety Programme without their full support filtering from the top downwards the State aviation system may not be able to deliver the value and benefits that an effective State Safety Programme can bring.  So how can you get involved to maximise the benefits of your SSP?

The course has been designed specifically to help senior managers understand their role and responsibilities in the SSP.  It will develop your skills and knowledge on safety leadership and to encourage and promote a positive safety culture across the State aviation system. It will help you understand the key role you play in providing the governance and decision making to maximise efficiencies and the safety benefits. It will also provide you with an overview on recent safety management developments and best practice.

Delegates attend a one-day workshop (4 hours of active virtual training delivery) led by a UK CAA expert. The course will include presentations, discussions and group activities. It is also an opportunity to share experiences with senior managers from other States.

This course is suitable for the Director General Civil Aviation, Senior Managers in State aviation authorities and those involved in the governance of State aviation safety. This would include CAA Board members and members of the SSP co-ordination Group.

This training course will include the following topics:

  • What is a State Safety Programme
  • SSP Stakeholders
  • Importance of the senior manager’s role in the SSP
  • SSP Design and Capacity building
  • Promoting a positive safety culture at a State level
  • Managing State aviation changes effectively

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

  • A high-level overview of Annex 19 and State Safety Management Responsibilities
  • An understanding of the State Safety Programme and its relationship with the National Aviation Safety Plan
  • The value and benefits of having an ‘effective’ SSP in place
  • The importance of good governance to implement and manage the SSP
  • 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.

Additional Information

Course delivery methods

This course can only be attended virtually online. At present, this course is not delivered in-person at one of our training venues.

  • 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.

If you can’t see an upcoming course date, 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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