Safety Management Systems (Maritime)

Course also known as:SMS

Safety Management Systems (Maritime) provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to significantly improve the management of a maritime safety system. The course uses a blended learning approach – with both online and face-to-face content. The focus of the 3 days will be to develop relevant skills to measure, manage and change safety systems.

Who should participate?

Safety Management Systems (Maritime) is designed for people who are either currently managing maritime safety management systems, are preparing to move into such a role or have regulatory oversight of maritime systems.

This could include safety managers, DPA, seafarers looking to move into shore-based positions, or representatives of port authorities, pilotage or towage organisations.

The course is also suitable for students looking to develop a career in land-side maritime safety management.

Course Details

The course includes:
  • Principles of management systems and safety culture
  • Safety change management
  • Risk Assessment Planning (anticipatory thinking); dynamic risk assessment, behavioural assessment)
  • Measurement of safety management systems using lead and lag indicators, risk profiling from incident and injury data.
  • Setting stretch goals
  • Building, managing and modifying safety cultures
  • Assessing policy implications of cultural change.
Skills that will be developed:
  • The application and analysis of Safety culture surveys.
  • Tools for observation of normal work environments
  • The assessment of positive performance and lag indicators
  • Tools for the development and assessment of policy changes
  • Debriefing after exercises or simulations for learning lessons
  • Dynamic Risk Assessment, pre-mortems
  • Application of change management frameworks to safety contexts


Participants who satisfactorily complete the course will be issued with an Australian Maritime College Certificate in Safety Management Systems (Maritime).

  • Duration: 3 days plus online pre-course work
  • Course available on demand

    This course is available on demand, delivered at various locations. To express interest, please contact us.

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