Safety Management Systems – Principles and Practice

Programme Information

What will I learn?

Learn the principles of safety management and how to systematically apply them to your aviation organisation using a Safety Management System (SMS). Learn from real-life aviation case studies, examples of industry documentation and the ICAO Safety Management Manual.  You will learn the core elements of an aviation SMS and use simple tools to put the theory to practice.  We will teach you the principles of risk management and safety assurance and show you how to systematically control hazards in your organisation.

Is this course for me?

In aviation, safety management is everybody’s business.  You may already know this, and have read your company’s policy asking you to place safety first. This course teaches you how to do it.  This course is for people who have a basic awareness of safety management principles, but want a deeper understanding of the subject, and practical knowledge, tools and skills to apply the theory of safety management in a practical way.  This course is suited to those with an interest in applying practical measures of safety management theory, to identify hazards and control risk in aviation.

What are the course objectives?

Learn safety management systems principles and practice how to systematically apply them to an aviation organisation.  Given a basic aviation safety management system (SMS), identify hazards and control risks associated with an aviation organisation, in a sustainable and effective manner that is consistent with the principles of ICAO’s Safety Management Manual (Doc 9858).

Course Information


Workshop 1: Safety Management Systems – Principles and Practice (4 days).

Learn principles of safety management and how to systematically apply them to your aviation organisation.  This course is designed for air operators and aerodromes.  The learning material  includes real-life aviation case studies, sample industry documents, the ICAO SMM and a textbook.

Workshop Units

  • Manage risk BSBRSK501
  • Facilitate continuous improvement BSBMGT516
  • ICAO Safety Management Manual

There are no prerequisites for admission to the class, however it is recommended that students have completed year 12 of secondary schooling.

Date Availability Enrol
 04-08 September 2017 Available ENROL
 05-09 November 2018 Available ENROL


Workshop Diploma Diploma
Safety Management Systems – Principles and Practice BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB51615 Diploma of Quality Auditing
  • Member of safety team
  • Safety manager
  • General manager
  • Investigator
  • Audit program manager


The purpose of the Diploma qualification type is to qualify individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning. Diploma qualifications are located at level 5 of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Our diploma qualifications are designed and accredited to enable graduates to demonstrate the learning outcomes expressed as knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills specified in the level 5 criteria and the Diploma descriptor. Diploma qualifications allow pathways to higher education.

AQF level 5

The course is taught over 4 days.




Classroom course fee


Are you a manager and need your people trained?  Please call us about industry corporate rates.


Our Institute is located in the heart of beautiful Brisbane’s CBD. All 2016 workshops are delivered at our training rooms at Level 5, 10 Market Street Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane too hot for you? Want us to come to you?  Please call to schedule an in-house course at your organisation.


It’s important that you understand our policies, your rights and obligations.  Please download your student handbook.

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Why Asset Aviation Institute?

ASSET Aviation Institute is Australia’s only ICAO and IATA accredited aviation educator. The Institute is accredited to issue its diplomas and courses through classroom teaching and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).  This workshop offers credit toward a diploma. The Diploma in Leadership and Management from ASSET Aviation Institute teaches the skills needed to lead others, and evaluates your expertise, experience and on-the-job learning against the Nationally Recognised Training Framework for Leadership and Management competencies. The diploma tells the world beyond the aviation sector that you are a world-class leader and manager.

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