Advanced Masters Program in Aviation Safety Management (ASM)



The air transport system has reached an unprecedented level of safety, making it by far the safest means of mass transportation in the world. This collective achievement is resulting from constant efforts and improvements made by the entire aviation community over the past decades. However, given the expected growth of aviation in the future, improving, and even maintaining such a high level of safety requires now a different approach of safety.


Aviation safety is at the core of ICAO’s fundamental objectives. The Organization is constantly striving, in close collaboration with the entire air transport community, to improve aviation’s successful safety performance while maintaining a high level of capacity and efficiency. This is achieved through a series of action plans, including the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the development of new comprehensive Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) (Annex 19 to the Chicago Convention) promoting a systemic approach of safety including the implementation of a Safety Management System. It also comes with initiatives in the field of education and training, under the auspices of the ICAO Global Aviation Training (GAT) Office.


The French Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), based in Toulouse, has been involved in educating a wide spectrum of aviation professionals – including airline pilots and air traffic controllers – to the benefit of the worldwide air transport community for over 70 years. ENAC’s teaching programs, from short courses to PhD, are permanently kept up to date thanks to its partnerships with authorities, companies and research laboratories employing their 22,000 graduates. Among many other fields, ENAC has thus developed a strong expertise in aviation safety over time.


Joint ICAO-ENAC Initiative


On October 5, 2017, ICAO and ENAC signed a Memorandum of Understanding covering the development and delivery of new educational programs and training activities.


The first outcome of this new partnership is the development of an Advanced Master’s Program in Aviation Safety Management, whose objective is to provide future managers with the fundamentals needed to systematically monitor and improve aviation safety, based primarily on ICAO Annex 19 and related Safety Management System provisions.


Program Learning Objectives


  • Upon completion of the program, graduates will have gained a broad knowledge of the current situation, challenges and perspectives of Aviation Safety worldwide.
  • They will have acquired the necessary skills to implement an effective Safety Management System in their own organization as well as among other aviation operators and at a State level.


Program Objectives


In line with the strategic objectives set by the ICAO Global Aviation Safety Plan and Roadmap, the Advanced Master’s program in Aviation Safety Management aims at training Safety Managers. It also helps to disseminate a thorough knowledge of the principles, strategic objectives, standards and recommended practices applying to Aviation Safety and develop the necessary skills for an effective implementation of aviation safety plans at various levels among all stakeholders of the aviation community.


This will contribute to diffusing a more widespread safety culture among the Next Generation Aviation Professionals (NGAP), helping to build capacity within the framework of the No Country Left Behind (NCLB) program and in the end improving global Aviation Safety records in the long run.


Target Population


Primarily targeting higher and mid-level managers within state authorities and aviation operators (airlines, airports, ANSP,…), this Advanced Master’s program is mainly designed for those who want to consider positions such as Safety Managers and more generally any manager involved in Aviation Safety Management. This program is accredited by the prestigious French Conference des Grandes Ecoles (CGE).


Program Structure


The Aviation Safety Management Master’s program consists of 12 teaching modules (1 week per module):


  • ASM1: the Air Transport system
  • ASM2: introduction to Safety
  • ASM3: introduction to Safety Management Systems
  • ASM4: Safety Risk Management
  • ASM5: State Safety Programs
  • ASM6 a & b (2 modules): Implementation of an SMS in an Airline
  • ASM6c: Implementation of an SMS in an Airport
  • ASM6d: Implementation of an SMS in an Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO)
  • ASM6e: Implementation of an SMS in an Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP)
  • ASM6f: Implementation of an SMS in an Aviation Training Organization (ATO)
  • ASM7: Safety Risk Management at the Air Transport System level


Upon successful completion of the above teaching modules, students are admitted into the internship phase and have to propose an internship subject that is relevant to some Aviation Safety issues. This personal work, leading to a written thesis and an oral defense, is done under the supervision of an industrial mentor and extends over a period of 6 months maximum.


Program duration


The ASM Master’s program is taught on a part-time basis, five days per month during 12 months. The final part of the program is a 6 months internship leading to a thesis written report and a presentation in front of a jury. Overall, the duration of the program is 18 months.


Program capacity


The program can accommodate 15 to 24 students. A minimum of 15 paid students are required.


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