Advanced Master in Safety Management System in Aviation - MS SMS-A


Program Description

Content and Objectives

ENAC Advanced Master SMS in Aviation is designed to train SMS managers who will lead the structural and administrative changes within their organisation, moving it from reactive thinking to predictive thinking.

In an effort to reach the next level of aviation safety, international civil aviation authorities (ICAO, EASA, FAA), as well as IATA, require organisations and institutions alike to implement a Safety Management System (SMS) for the management of safety risks. The corresponding fields include aircrafts design and production, air operations, aeronautical maintenance, air traffic services, airport and training organisations.

SMS represents the next step in the evolution of safety processes in the aviation industry worldwide, at the organisational level. SMS complements the requirements and regulations in human or technical safety already implemented during the past decades. SMS is the formal systemic and pro-active approach to anticipating and managing safety risk, as well as to initiating and achieving the necessary transformation of organisational structures, accountabilities, policies, procedures, standard practices and regulations.

SMS is a structured process that requires organisations to apprehend possible safety issues with the same level of priority that other core business topics are managed and to continuously analyze them, in conjunction with state institutions within their State Safety Program (SSP), as well as with their industry counterparts.

The objective is to provide future SMS managers with the fundamentals of how to systematically monitor and improve aviation safety using the Safety Management System described in ANNEX 19 of the ICAO Convention. This program enables applicants to acquire a practical expertise in the development, implementation, assessment and improvement of SMS and SSP. Courses cover all of the aspects of SMS concepts, processes, methods and operational management, either cross-domain or specific to the organisation. The program is specifically engineered to address both executives as well as working levels, to consider the entire gamut of aviation organisations (aircraft operator, manufacturer, maintenance organisation, airport operator, air navigation service provider, training organisation) and to cover the interactions between all of these organisations.

At soft skills level, the program emphasises the necessity of enhancing or improving the organisation safety culture - the just culture, through a transformation of leadership, management and employees attitudes. It will give to trainees the capacity to develop, implement and grow all of the above-mentioned aspects of an SMS in any aviation organisation they work in. Furthermore, they will be able to make critical assessments of professional safety management practices and systematically deal with complex problems.

Professional Prospect

The ENAC Advanced Master Safety Management System in Aviation is designed for current or future SMS managers in charge of the development, deployment, or improvement of SMS in organisations that must comply with ICAO safety requirements.

Career opportunities

Civil Aviation Authorities:

  • Safety Director or Manager
  • Safety performance Manager
  • SSP (State Safety Program) Manager
  • Responsible for certification and approval

Industry and operators (Aircraft operator, Aircraft Manufacturer, MRO Organisation, Airport operator, Air Navigation Service Provider, Training Organisation):

  • Safety Director or Manager
  • SMS (Safety Management System) Manager
  • Safety investigations Manager
  • Safety analysis Manager

Entry Requirements

  • Master degree or an equivalent degree in science or engineering, including a master degree in risk
  • management
  • Bachelor degree in the same domains with a least a 3 years of professional experience
  • English proficiency: TOEFL 550 or equivalent
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

ENAC was founded in 1949 in Paris-Orly, and moved to Toulouse in 1968. The «Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile» (ENAC)is a unique example: it is the only aviation-oriented university in France and i ... Read More

ENAC was founded in 1949 in Paris-Orly, and moved to Toulouse in 1968. The «Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile» (ENAC)is a unique example: it is the only aviation-oriented university in France and in Europeoffering a wide and complete panel of aeronautics-oriented training programs and activities, serving the aeronautical world, and particularly the air transport sector. Read less