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Integrated Management Systems in Aviation (IMSA)


In the last decade ICAO has mandated Safety Management Systems (SMS) in various sectors of the aviation industry. Many countries, in recent years, have also mandated requirements for Quality Management Systems (QMS); and other management systems like Security Management Systems (SeMS); Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S); and so on.

A major business challenge today is to manage activities across the various management systems; many of which are common to each other. However, with various separate management systems, comes the risk of ineffective time and resource management with repeat meetings and activities across the similar management system elements. More importantly, running multiple management systems in isolation, presents the risk of “performance in silo” and failure to see the larger picture of risk and opportunity facing the organisation. Therefore, in recent years, a call for a more holistic, integrated approach rather than the traditional approach of having separate SMS, QMS and other management systems as peripheral arrangements has come to be seen at the best practice in multiple industries.

In simple terms, an Integrated Management Systems (IMS) is a method or set of procedures for joining together the aspects of various management systems like operational safety; health & safety; environmental and quality management for an organisation under a single framework. An IMS is a singular portal that provides senior management with the required oversight and supervision to maintain an efficient and safe operation. 

In the past this holistic, integrated approach has been problematic because of the structure of management system standards, and the in-house and external barriers to such an approach. The revision to recent standards and their structure has enabled many of these obstacles to be overcome and allows organisations to create effective business wide integrated systems. 

This five(5) daycourse is designed to provide regulators and others with a comprehensive understanding of the relationship and operational responsibility of each supporting management system within the overall enterprise, including SMS, Security Management System (SeMS), Quality Management System (QMS), and others. This course will also provide an understanding of the benefits of an integrated approach; as well as considerations for the implementation of an IMS and potential barriers.

Course Outline

Course topics will include:

  • Introduction and Background to Integrated Management Systems (IMS)
  • Why IMS?
  • Basic principles and benefits of IMS
  • Introduction to management system standards – ICAO ISARPs; EASA ORO.GEN.200; ISO; etc.
  • - Safety Management Systems (SMS);
  • - Quality Management Systems (QMS);
  • - Security Management Systems (SeSM);
  • - Emergency/Crisis Management;
  • - Environment Management System (EMS); and 
  • - Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSMS)

  • Integrating SMS with the business and operational processes of the organisation
  • Risk Management within IMS
  • Safety culture
  • Key elements of IMS
  • - Leadership and commitment
  • - Safety policy and strategic objectives
  • -  Standards and resources
  • - Organisational structure and safety accountability
  • - Safety reporting
  • - Safety performance indicators
  • - Risk management
  • - Management Review

  • Implementation of an IMS
  • -  Barriers to implementation
  • - Gaining senior management commitment
  • - Setting policies and objectives
  • - Appointing a safety manager
  • -  Establishing a safety action group
  • -  Considerations for developing and writing an IMS manual
  • -  Implement a phased approach in your aviation organisation

Note: Participants are advised to bring a laptop and/or device to view the electronic notes, course materials, and resources.

Who should attend?

Personnel from civil aviation authorities, supervisors, and safety, quality and security personnel of airlines, air charter, freight and cargo services, and corporate, government, MEDEVAC, SAR, and law enforcement flight operations.


It is assumed that all participants, at a minimum, have a satisfactory knowledge of System Safety; Safety Management Systems; and Quality Management Systems.The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Workshop Duration, Location and Tuition

Workshop Duration: 5 days.

Location: Various locations – In-house available.

Fee: $2000.00 USD


10% Discount when 6 or more participants from the same company (on the same invoice) are registered.

 5% Discount when 3 - 5 participants from the same company (on the same invoice) are registered.


Our instructors are experts in implementing and auditing SMS within various sectors of the aviation industry, including airlines, airports, corporate aviation, air traffic services. 

Instructors include:

John Dutcher | Mike Doiron | David Walsh

All courses taught in English language.

Customised in-house training also available.

Our courses can be delivered to your offices and tailored to your organisation's needs. If you have a group of 5 or more individuals for this course, please contact us and we will provide you with information about bringing this course to your offices at a time convenient for you and your staff.

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