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classes in the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program may be used towards receiving the FAA’s highest award, the “Diamond Award”, given to eligible Technicians and their Employers (please see FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 65-25B for eligibility requirements).

In addition, the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association (IFALPA) recognizes recipients of the USC Aviation Safety Certificate as experts in Aviation Safety.


Contract courses are courses from the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program that are offered at locations other than our Los Angeles class- room facilities. Any course in the catalog may be offered as a contract course. Courses may be conducted at international locations or at a location within the United States. Frequently, organizations striving to provide aviation safety or systems safety education to significant numbers within their organization choose to arrange for a contract course at their own facility.

In the recent past numerous contract courses have been provided at international locations in Asia, Oceania, Africa, and the Caribbean. Within the United States the USC Safety and Security Program has conducted training for the Federal Aviation Administration. Typically, civil aviation authorities, airlines, and other government organizations will require a contract course.

Organizations such as Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, Korean Airlines, the CAA of South Africa, and the CAA of Trinidad and Tobago have arranged to have contract courses.

The contract course can provide an organization with an economical vehicle for providing aviation safety or system safety education to a large number of employees within a relatively short amount of time. Inquiries regarding contract courses should be made to the USC Avia- tion Safety and Security Program Director.


Aviation safety management has changed greatly over the past years. It began with the safety officer being responsible for the whole program. It was negatively orientated and relied on inspections and mishaps to let the organizations know where their problems existed. This was a very reactive and expensive system. As time progressed, risk identifi- cation, assessment, and management concepts were incorporated into safety programs. In the past few years, a systems approach has been adopted. Safety joined Quality Assurance and became a team that was tasked with looking at systems errors. This required that organizational management take responsibility for the company’s safety program. The systems approach requires that the safety/quality team be educated in their duties and responsibilities. This course will provide you with the essential skills needed to manage an organizational safety system. Emphasis is placed on management skills. The attendee will be able to manage safety systems that include risk management, audits, data collection, analysis, and incident investigations.

This course is designed for the individual responsible for planning or directing an aviation safety program. Fundamentals in systems orga- nization and structure provide the individual with the essential skills and methodology needed to plan and manage an effective aviation safety program. Emphasis is placed on understanding the principles of risk management, identifying program development strategies, audits and applying the knowledge toward effective management systems and interoperability with Quality Assurance.

Objectives: To provide the individual with the skills and practical methods to plan, manage and maintain an effective Aviation Safety Management System.

Who Should Attend: Individuals responsible for planning, directing or managing an aviation safety program and supervisors who are required to supervise an accident prevention/risk management program. This includes airline, commuter, corporate, fixed base operator, government, insurance, hospital emergency medical service, law enforcement and airport management.


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