Aviation SMS Course


Contributes to the Diploma of Aviation Management & more


Face-to-Face, LIVE & Virtual


5 Day Course

Units of Competency

2 Units (+1 Optional)


Cost (AUD)
19 - 23 August 2024
Aviation SMS Course LIVE
30 September - 4 October 2024
Aviation SMS Course LIVE

More course dates are scheduled regularly. If you are unable to make these dates, please check back later to see new dates.

Course Overview

This Aviation SMS Course is a complete SMS package. It includes essential fundamental safety concepts required for SMS, where SMS has evolved from, why it is required and what each component and element mean. Most importantly, the course details how your SMS should work as a system, and not just the sum of individual elements.

It also discusses ICAO input and NAA State Safety Program requirements. There is information on the critical need for safety culture and the Human Factors required to effect this. The course will also include how to implement SMS and what is required to make it compliant. There is a combination of theory, case studies and practical exercises to fully optimise the learning experience.

While the course utilises the ICAO SMS structure as the underlying basis, it is appropriate to students from all jurisdictions, with relevant structures explored and discussed in-course.

This course incorporates latest materials and case studies as well as taking an innovative approach to SMS delivery. Participants will gain more value than ever before with post-course access to a host of templates and guidance information to support their own SMS development and implementation.

Recognition AQF Units of Competency:

  1. AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management processes
  2. AVIF0028 Manage aviation risk
  3. BSBOPS504 Manage business risk (post-course project)
Cost $2,995.00 AUD per person (GST Exempt)
Face-to-Face; LIVE & Virtual
Duration &
5-Days, with homework completed through the week.

Post-course project can be completed to achieve an additional unit of competency.

Assessment Students will access their assessment online, and complete at their own pace.
  • Civil Aviation Act 1988
  • Section 82.3 and 82.5 of the Civil Aviation Orders (CAO’s)
  • CASA – 1998
  • CAA NZ
  • Australian Standard AS ISO 31000:2018
  • DASR – 2016
  • ICAO – Doc 9859 Safety Management Manual 4th edition 2018
  • CAAS – Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Advisory Circular 1-3 (0) – Safety Management Systems
  • TC – Transport Canada Advisory Circular 107-001 – Guidance of Safety Management System Development
The Aviation SMS Course contains the following sessions:

  • Introduction
  • History and reason for SMS
  • Safety fundamentals
  • SMS context
  • ICAO and CASA
  • Safety culture and Human Factors
  • SMS components 1-4
  • Building SMS
  • Integrated IT solutions in SMS
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Safety performance monitoring
  • Internal safety investigation
  • Continuous improvement
  • Management of change
  • Safety leadership
  • Current safety issues
  • Complex safety systems
  • Contemporary safety
This course is part of the Diploma of Quality Auditing, Diploma of Leadership and Management and the Diploma of Aviation (Aviation Management). Upon successful completion of this course, including the post-course project, participants will receive a statement of attainment including;

AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management processes
Manage aviation risk
BSBOPS504 Manage business risk

Our Aviation SMS course is designed for people in positions ranging from Accountable Manager through to Safety Officer.  It is equally applicable for organisations who are still to implement SMS or those that have mature SMS already in place.  It is particularly valuable to organisations with established SMS to crosscheck knowledge and compliance, as well as to enhance the integration of SMS into their business.

We Are A Nationally Recognised Training Organisation

Southpac Aerospace – RTO 32353 is approved to meet standards set for RTO training.  Our organisation is consistently upgrading and improving our course material through participant feedback and authority auditing processes.  This framework ensures you are receiving the highest level of training within the industry.

We provide you with

  • Highly trained and engaged facilitators to make the most of your study.  Our trainers all have extensive experience not only as trainers and auditors but also within industry areas including Defence, Major airlines, General Aviation and Manufacturing & Maintenance organisations
  • Training aligned with industry standards, workplace requirements and skill sets
  • Resources and materials that may include workbooks, guides and/or slides
  • Ongoing support for developing your career pathways

Contact us now to reserve your seat or discuss your study options.

Phone: +61 7 5533 9988
Email: [email protected] 

Achieve the AVI50119 Diploma of Aviation (Aviation Management)

This course provides core units towards the AVI50119 Diploma of Aviation (Aviation Management), and units can also be used towards other Southpac Diplomas. View the Diploma pathways with this course.

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What our clients say about this course

Matt was an excellent facilitator – knowledgeable, engaging, trustworthy and helpful. He made a dry topic interesting and covered the broad range of pre-existing knowledge very well. The focus on assurance and how I can test / review my SMS to ensure my organization has covered everything it should.

Katie Cooper, Safety Manager | Melbourne Airport

Understanding how SMS works together and the importance of each element will help to improve our SMS elements. Great course – thank you!

Sarah Wills, RFDS

Everything in my understanding of SMS has vastly improved because of the detailed content and delivery of this course. Matt was key to how much information I was able to process and understand. His knowledge and expertise was amazing and made the course enjoyable!

Brendan Munro, Hinterland Aviation

Was worried how the virtual class would go, but with the breakout rooms and professional work done by Matt, the course went seamlessly and I really enjoyed it!

Virtual Course Participant

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