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SMS Training


SiS Training & Consulting Ltd is an NZQA approved Category One education provider.  This is the highest ranking that can be given in New Zealand.

SiS provides the following SMS training (click title for full details)

Online Introduction to SMS - Refreshed for 2022

This course is the basic start to informing every member of an organisation as to what SMS is, and the benefits. It aligns 100% with SMS needing to be embedded into the culture of the organisation and provides a base level of knowledge to meet this expectation.

Upon completion all staff will be able to:

  • Explain what a Safety Management System is
  • List the key components of a Safety Management System
  • List the key benefits of a Safety Management System
  • Describe how a Safety Management System works
  • Explain the systems approach to safety management
  • Explain how a Safety Management System differs from the traditional approach to safety management

The online, fully supported module will take 35-40 minutes to complete including a short assessment quiz. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the conclusion of the course.

Cost is $25+GST per person.

Feedback from our Introduction to SMS course

 “We have used your online SMS course to introduce all new staff to SMS and are happy with the course material, length and online platform.”

SMS for Managers

Duration: 2 days

Delivery: Classroom or Zoom

Method: Teaching and workbooks of exercises and samples.

Safety Management Systems have revolutionised the way that aviation is managed and regulated. SMS for Managers is designed to provide a thorough grounding in aviation SMS. The focus is on identifying methods that work for companies including the intention of the SMS principles. The elements of an SMS are discussed in their functional context. Our intention is for you to leave feeling confident and competent to implement /operate your companies SMS as well as identify areas requiring improvement.

The course is designed for those who will have a significant role in implementing or operating the SMS. Safety Managers, CEOs, senior persons and directors have all benefitted from the course. The course is also a solid grounding for those new to aviation safety management. There are plenty of examples from rotary wing, agricultural, tourism, airports and adventure aviation sectors.

The course has been revised in 2021 with exercises to further support companies who already have an SMS in place. An extended risk management module makes sure that you can operate this critical area of SMS more confidently.

Past students have enjoyed the practical realism of the course content, the sharing of information with other students and the focus on addressing their own questions in class. The workbook contains exercises and samples that provide greater focus on the student’s own SMS implementation.

More detail on specific technical skills, such as investigation and auditing are provided in separate courses, allowing a modular acquisition of the skills relevant to specific roles.

Online / Virtual Classroom cost is $995+GST.

Face-to-Face cost is $1,395+GST.

Feedback from our SMS for the Safety Manager course

 “I found this training to be very relevant and applicable to the aviation SMS requirements. I took away many key learnings and have applied these to our SMS”

“I feel so much more confident towards aiming for 'operating and effective' for our next CAA SMS audit, which could be this year”

“Andrew presented the training clearly and in a manner that welcomed and encouraged group discussions, providing some essential shared learnings within the group”

“A new and fresh look at SMS that was experienced based”

“Practical and simple approach to a complex subject”

“It helped me to understand how to practically apply SMS to what we do daily”

“All aspects of the SMS were explained in real language. Made it easier to grasp the concept”

“Not overly formal so information is easily transferable to our smaller organisation”

“Great templates, relatable to our business / aviation”

“Focused on core considerations without getting lost in too much detail”

“More practical than previous SMS courses, being able to ask questions based on our specific organisation”

“Clear information with industry examples. Approachable tutor who cared if people understood the content”

“Enthusiastic, knowledgeable instructor”

“Good discussion, friendly, low key but informative. Geared to small organizations which was great”

Aviation Incident Investigation

Duration: 1 day

Delivery: Classroom or Zoom

Method: Teaching and workbooks of exercises and samples.

Effective safety investigation is essential to companies that want to understand their internal risks and safety performance. The Incident Investigation course teaches students the essential elements of safety incident investigation in the context of an aviation SMS.

The course first teaches students to identify events that may contain significant risks. The focus then shifts to preparing for and conducting, an investigation. It concludes by teaching how to analyse the findings of an investigation and how to communicate the outcomes.

The course is intended for people in smaller companies who need the skills to conduct their own safety investigations or to oversee safety investigations. The course content aims to provide this essential skill without over complicating the topic.

The exercises support the course content and are designed to provide practical training in key elements – for example identifying causal factors. There are also completed examples as reference.

Online / Virtual Classroom cost is $595+GST.

Face-to-Face cost is $949+GST.

Feedback from our Aviation Incident Investigation course

“The honest fresh look at incident/accident investigation – real world experience being brought to the table”

“One on one proved extremely beneficial. I could easily see how I would apply the concepts to our business / SMS”

“Concise, practical and easy to understand”

“Very engaging – Andrew is an excellent content provider”

“Practical scenarios to refer back to, easy to understand”

“Good use of practical work to reinforce understanding”

“Investigations was all new material for me and valuable  – learnt a lot

“Good examples and good templates to use in real life”

“Good balance of theory and practical exercises”

“Really enjoyed the content & practical side, wasn’t all tutor talking”

“Informative and easy to grasp”

Aviation Auditor

Duration: 1 day

Delivery: Classroom or Zoom

Method: Teaching and workbooks of exercises and samples.

Internal auditing is the main activity that provides assurance that operational activities meet the expectations of senior persons. In an aviation SMS, auditing is one of the most proactive and effective tools for identifying risk available to the smaller company.

The aviation auditor course teaches the practical skills of this important area with the aim of getting the student out in the field and working. It assumes no prior formal training.

The course takes a modern approach to auditing and explains how auditing has evolved from a compliance and quality activity to a risk-based approach. The course explains how to develop and manage a risk-based audit programme, how to prepare for and conduct an audit and how to effectively identify and communicate findings.

All the content and activities are aimed at the smaller operator with the emphasis on practical techniques and solutions. There are exercises to develop key skills and completed templates to use as a guide.

Online / Virtual Classroom cost is $595+GST.

Face-to-Face cost is $949+GST.

Feedback from our Aviation Auditor course

“The resources / templates were incredibly helpful”

“Practical exercises helped understanding. Tutor had practical experience. Tailored to size of our company/organisation - made it relevant”

“Audit has the potential to be very dry, however Andrew has made this course very engaging”

“Lots of information in course documents. I didn't need to write many extra notes”

“Lots of help with my understanding of audit processes”

“Good mix of theory & practical. Good to have info to take away”

"Andrew appeared very knowledgeable and he made a potential dry subject enjoyable. We progressed at a decent pace which allowed for class discussion but remained focused and on schedule"

Safety Concepts - New for 2022

Duration: 1 day

Delivery: Classroom or Zoom on demand

Method: Teaching and workbooks of exercises and samples

This new course provides an understanding of the concepts of SMS, essential for people with a responsible role in aviation. This course has been evolved to teach the core concepts of an aviation SMS, without discussing every element in detail. Rather than aimed at the CEO/business owner it is aimed at those who will participate in, action, or support an SMS, and delivers an understanding of what an SMS provides to a business and the methods that it uses, e.g. Line Manager, Supervisor reporting to the Safety Manager.

Online / Virtual Classroom cost is $549+GST per person.

Face-to-Face cost is $949+GST.

About our courses

We are a small company and we know that in a small company you have to hit the ground running and produce results. You can’t hide inside a larger department and you don’t always have a lot of spare time to learn. We realise that you have limited resources and a lot to get through.

We provide courses that deliver the skills you need without an excess of theory or irrelevant content. We tailor our delivery on an assumption that you will have to go home and start working for real.

Our courses allow plenty of time for you to ask questions and for the tutor to explain issues relevant to you. You will have the input of other students and the benefit of their recent experiences. We provide workbooks with templates and exercises that leave you with practical material that you can apply directly to your business.

We believe that we can deliver our courses to support any sector of aviation, be it helicopter, agriculture, adventure tourism, airports, or engineering.

We are currently delivering via Zoom classroom, and hope to deliver Face-to-Face later in the year.

Training Schedule 2022

22-23 AugSMS for ManagersOnlineFULLY BOOKED
19 SepIncident InvestigationOnline
20 SepAviation AuditorOnline
4 OctSafety ConceptsOnline
17-18 OctSMS for ManagersOnline
21 NovIncident InvestigationOnline
22 NovAviation AuditorOnline
1 DecSafety ConceptsOnline
12-13 DecSMS for ManagersOnline

Click this link for a 2 page printable brochure about our SMS courses.

To register for SMS training programmes or for information on how SiS can help your aviation business please contact Martin Mongan, 027 436 0116,

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