Safety Management – Advanced

The Aviation Safety Institute’s ‘Safety Management – Advanced’ training addresses the void around Safety Management Systems. Making the SMS work; practical and pragmatic, and the Safety Manager’s central role in achieving outcomes.  The course addresses the SMS Components and Elements, but more importantly, you gain the knowledge and skills to make them work together effectively and efficiently as a Safety Manager.

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This course is not about Safety Management Systems. It is about Managing Safety

The courses has been prepared by the former CASA Senior Manager that represented Australia at the United Nations (ICAO) to develop the first new Annex to the Chicago Convention in 25 years – Annex 19 ‘Safety Management’ – and was Australia’s representative to the Safety Management International Collaboration Group; the global strategic aviation safety thought and practice leadership group.

ASI’s Course

The training addresses the required skills and knowledge to perform as a Safety manager in a high performance safety environment. These include the specialist strategic and operational skills, and the development of the desired traits necessary to lead teams of safety specialists to improve organisational safety performance.



This course addresses the skills and knowledge required to :

  • Develop and monitor the processes for managing identified breaches in the fulfilment of compliance requirements within an organisation. It applies to individuals who are responsible for evaluating and reporting on the operation and effectiveness of an organisation’s planned compliance program/management system to ensure that compliance is an integral part of normal business operations.
  • Organise training for others for an information or knowledge management system and to manage the use of the system. It applies to individuals who are responsible for seeing that key information and corporate knowledge are retained, accessible to others and improve business outcomes.
  • Determine strategic change requirements and opportunities; and to develop, implement and evaluate change management strategies. It applies to managers with responsibilities that extend across the organisation or across significant parts of a large organisation. They may have a dedicated role in human resources management, human resources development, or work in a strategic policy or planning area.
  • Encourage and support the development of a learning environment in which work and learning come together. Particular emphasis is on the development of strategies to facilitate and promote learning and to monitor and improve learning performance. It applies to individuals who have a prominent role in encouraging, supporting and facilitating the development of a learning environment in which work and learning come together.
  • Lead and manage continuous improvement systems and processes. Particular emphasis is on the development of systems and the analysis of information to monitor and adjust performance strategies, and to manage opportunities for further improvements. It applies to individuals who take an active role in managing a continuous improvement process in order to achieve an organisation’s objectives
  • Manage risks in a range of contexts across an organisation or for a specific business unit or area in any industry setting.  It applies to individuals who are working in positions of authority and are approved to implement change across the organisation, business unit, program or project area. They may or may not have responsibility for directly supervising others.

Course Structure

The course consists of three components.

  • Training in the foundation knowledge,
  • Skills development and assessment workshop, and
  • Workplace project and summative assessments

Initial coursework will be via distance learning.  Course materials will be available online within the ASI Learning Management System.  This component is self-paced. You will need to read, review and understand the concepts and ideas in these materials prior to attending the workshop.  Your trainer will be available via email or online chat / discussion forums to assist you as you work your way through the material.

Students need internet access to be able to connect to the ASI Learning Management System, which contains student materials and provides the means for submitting assessments.

You should allow approximately 300 hours of study to complete this phase.  Please allow sufficient time to complete this phase prior to attending the workshop.  The distance learning will include some formative assessment tasks*

The workshop consists of four days of classroom facilitated learning (completed over consecutive days).  The workshop will review and expand on the previous materials and will focus on additional theory and the development of practical skills. Integrated into the workshop will be additional formative and summative assessment tasks. These will be dependant on the knowledge you acquired during the distance learning phase.

After the workshop you will need to complete a workplace project as part of the assessment of the skill set.  The aim is to allow you to apply the knowledge and practice the skills you’ve gained and achieve observable benefits in your workplace; providing a final practical integration that benefits both you and your organisation.

Assessments will consist of:

  • Written and oral responses to questions
  • Written responses to case studies
  • Portfolio of evidence

On completion of the courses, students will have a sound understanding of management principles, and the legislative requirements and operational realities of the aviation safety management role.

The three components of the course must be completed within two years of commencement. Exceptions can be made for extraordinary circumstances.

Workshop size is limited to 16 students.

Note: Workshops will normally be completed in Sydney, Australia. If you would prefer to attend your workshop in another location, please advise the ASI Projects Manager (  If there is sufficient demand the workshop may be run at another location on different dates. Our Projects Manager will advise.  However, until an alternative location is confirmed, plan on attending the workshop in Sydney.

* For a general explanation of formative and summative assessment Click Here


AQF Units and Qualifications


This course includes the following Australian Qualification Framework Units of Competency

  • BSBCOM503 – Develop processes for the management of breaches in compliance requirements
  • BSBINM501 – Manage an information or knowledge management system
  • BSBINN601 – Lead and manage organisational change
  • BSBLED501 – Develop a workplace learning environment
  • BSBMGT516 – Facilitate Continuous Improvement
  • BSBRSK501 – Manage Risk

ASI reserves the right to change these units as required.

Assessment of student competency is subject to satisfactory completion of assessments and projects.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning is granted as a result of identifying and assessing previous and current informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience and knowledge. Previous learning and the evidence supplied are measured against pre-determined performance standards contained within the Units of Competency.

Students should indicate their decision to apply for recognition ASI Projects Manager.

Students will initially be assessed against the performance criteria and critical aspects of evidence for each unit of competency within the skill set.

RPL applicants must demonstrate their claim for competency in sufficient detail to enable the assessor to make clear judgments.



Upon successful completion of this training and assessments and the ASI ‘Safety Manger – Leadership’ training and assessments the student will have attained sufficient knowledge and skills to obtain an Australian Qualification Framework BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management. The BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply knowledge, practical skills and experience in leadership and management across a range of enterprise and industry contexts.

Individuals at this level display initiative and judgement in planning, organising, implementing and monitoring their own workload and the workload of others. They use communication skills to support individuals and teams to meet organisational or enterprise requirements  They plan, design, apply and evaluate solutions to unpredictable problems, and identify, analyse and synthesise information from a variety of sources.


Payment for this course will consist of two fees.

  • Training fee
  • Workshop and Assessment fee

Fees for this course are GST Free.

The Training fee is $1500 AUD. This fee is payable upon enrolment, prior to access to the Learning Management System.  In the event of withdrawal from the training prior to accessing any training materials a refund of $1250 is available. A non refundable fee of $250 AUD is retained by ASI. An invoice will be sent to your specified Billing Contact.

The Workshop and Assessment fee is $1500 AUD and is payable prior to attending the workshop.  An invoice will be sent to your specified Billing Contact.

Additional costs may be incurred in the purchase of ‘Learners Guides’.  These are purchased online (via links provided in the Learning Management System) and will generally be approximately $100 AUD.

Discounts apply for multiple students from the same organisation on the same course. Please contact the Marketing Manager for details.

The three components of the course must be completed within two years of commencement. Exceptions can be made for extraordinary circumstances.  Non completion does not warrant repayment of paid fees.

Enrolment Conditions

Students must be over the age of 18

Prior to course commencement students need to be able to:

  • Read, comprehend and write a range of texts within a variety of contexts.
  • Use and respond to spoken language including some unfamiliar material within a variety of contexts.
  • Recognise and use a variety of conventions and symbolism of formal mathematics.

Students are expected to have at least three years experience in a practitioner, supervisory or management role in operations in a safety critical industry or system.

Please refer to the Enrolment Form, for the terms and conditions of enrolment, which includes:

  • Enrolment and Selection;
  • Training Guarantee;
  • Course Fees,
  • Payments and Refunds;
  • Course Fees paid in Advance;
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer
Courses Tailored For Your Organisation

ASI can tailor this course specifically for your organisation. Your safety team will be able to manage your Safety Management System with greater effectiveness, combining an informed perspective of specific work requirements with improved managerial approaches.



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