NBAA’s Safety Manager Certificate Program is an assessment-based certificate program, intended to provide introductory-level training, measure candidate knowledge and recognize successful participants in six key areas of safety management. The primary objective of this new certificate program is to assist flight department personnel who have been assigned safety management responsibilities, typically as an ancillary duty, so they are prepared to effectively manage a business aviation organization’s safety management efforts, including SMS.

Intended Audience

This introductory level training program is not intended to create deep expertise in every domain. Rather, it is to establish a baseline knowledge, identify resources safety managers can rely upon as references, and instill a desire for more advanced learning in the areas of safety management in the years to come.

How It Works

The certificate program will be offered in two eight-week periods annually. The program will include several hours each week of asynchronous learning modules, independent self-study reading reference material, webinar interaction for additional learning, an “ask the experts” component and a test preparation session.

In the final week of the certificate program, candidates will take an examination to determine whether candidates meet the established criteria as defined by the program’s specifications (e.g., the knowledge or skill associated with competence to practice in the role of safety manager).

Course Components

Each of the six asynchronous learning modules will cover one program domain objective at an introductory level.

Quizzes embedded into NBAA’s learning management system (LMS) will be used to assess a candidate’s understanding of the content.

Reference materials will be provided to participants for independent reading in support of each domain’s objectives and responsibilities.

Weekly 30-minute “Ask the Experts” webinars will review key components of the certificate program domains. These webinars will be presented live and include a Q&A component, hosted by members of NBAA’s Safety Committee and other recognized subject matter experts, to allow candidates to get answers about the content. “Ask the Experts” webinars will take place Thursdays at 2 p.m. EST, starting on June 16. Review the full schedule and webinar registration links under “Live Session Registration Links and Recordings” in the Safety Manager Certificate On-demand Education Portal.

The final examination is a standardized instrument to assess the candidate’s knowledge and skills for each program objective. Candidates must pass the exam, scoring at least 85% or higher, to receive a Safety Manager Certificate.