Introduction to Safety Management System (SMS) Development

AviationEU TSS SMS Development


This content (course) is part of the Foundation Training content category. Please refer to the respective link in the Side Menu for more information on this category and available content in other topics. Like other Foundation Training category courses, Safety Management System (SMS) Development is structured in lessons with integrated Progress Assessment Tests (PAT), intended for use as either a self-assessment or formal assessment mechanism to check the levels of performance of the trainees in each lesson and a Course Completion Examination (CCE) assessing trainees' overal course performance.

Content Profile

Content Code: SMSD

Content Aim

To provide trainees with information and basic knowledge for their participation in the development of a Safety Management System with emphasis on an Aviation organisation. This course addresses key SMS requirements and provides basic knowledge for designing and developing compliance mechanisms. It is recommended that this content is combined with the one on Safety Management providing an overview of respective principles and systems.

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Content Description

Training content on SMS Development includes:

- General Introduction
- The Evolution of Safety Thinking
- The EASA View of SMS  - Complex and Non Complex Management Systems
- Components of an SMS System
- SMS Commitment
- Developing Organisational roles in support or our Safety Management System, Action Groups, Safety Review Board and the role of Safety Reps. 
- The Five Fundamentals of Safety Risk Management
- Understanding the stages of effectively managing and measuring risk, through assessment techniques.
- Developing the Training Program
- Developing SMS Management and Supporting Documentation.
- Understanding the responsibilities of the Safety Manager and the role of Quality Assurance and Safety Assurance in our Organisation
- Effective Marketing and Raising Awareness
- Introduction to Emergency Response Planning
- Case studies for the analysis of SMS topics for different personnel categories (i.e. Safety & Quality Managers, Postholders & Accountable Managers,  Maintenance personnel, etc.). The specific structure and content of these case studies depends on the synthesis of trainees.

Trainee Progress Monitoring

Progress Assessment Test(s) (PAT) at the end of of the lesson(s) as well as assignments set by the trainers. PAT are based on multiple choice and open-ended questions similar to those included in the Course Completion Examination (CCE). PAT can be used as either a self-assessment or formal assessment mechanism with recorded test scores and pass levels adjusted by the training provider. 

Final Examination Method

Course Completion Examination (CCE) held at the completion of the course for the formal documentation of the performance of the trainees. Based on multiple choice questions with a single correct answer as well as open-ended questions. Examination scores are recorded. The pass levels and the total number of sittings (initial and retakes) can be adjusted by the training provider.

Recommended Academic Background of Trainees

Good knowledge of English Language is required as well as a general educational background of at least secondary education level although studies at university level are recommended. Participant's ability to analyze information and take decisions on the basis of available data will be very supportive for better exploitation of the content and successful completion of the course.

Prior Working Experience of Trainees

Trainees with a working experience in an aviation body may be better benefited from this content.

Content Delivery Options

Content can be delivered in one of the following options:

- through elearning platforms (delivered either through AviationEU elearning platform or supplied in Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) standard for use by the customers in different Learning Management Systems (LMS),

- through physical classroom sessions (supplied in digital form for use by the customers through their own computers, visual aids and other infrastructure).

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