SMS training for managers

Bundled eCourses: SMS Training for Managers and the AE

These courses build on knowledge gained in the Initial SMS Training for Personnel course. They are appropriate for supervisors, department managers and safety staff who already have some background in SMS and system safety concepts. For managers without prior SMS training, the course: Initial SMS Training for Personnel provides the necessary SMS fundamentals. For the accountable executive (AE) and other senior managers, the course: Initial SMS Training for the Accountable Executive provides a minimum level of SMS awareness. Senior managers desiring to understand the SMS message being delivered to front-line personnel and department managers should begin with the Personnel and Managers’ courses. All courses are self-paced and produce a certificate of completion when passed successfully.

Course Objectives

To provide all supervisors, department managers, safety staff, and senior management with quality training regarding their roles, responsibilities, accountabilities and authorities as they pertain to safety management; to enable all levels of management to foster, promote and actively develop their company’s positive safety culture; to apply knowledge of human factors to organizational safety; to perform safety & quality assurance through internal and vendor audits; to effectively manage reports received from the Employee Reporting System; to understand and apply Safety Risk Management to long-range planning and the management of change; to develop effective risk controls which include monitoring, follow-up and communication of lessons learned; and to understand managers’ roles and responsibilities during accident investigation.


Successful completion of this course of training within the previous 12 calendar months, OR  successful completion of the course: SMS Training for Personnel within the previous 12 calendar months.

Course Structure

The Initial Managers’ course is comprised of eight modules, each with one or more topics. After each module are review questions with feedback provided to enhance learning and reinforce knowledge gained. All courses:

  • May be completed in more than one session;
  • Require all quizzes to be completed / corrected to 100%
  • Permit the student to print quiz results for each module;
  • May be reviewed for up to 90 days;
  • Produce a printable certificate as well as a record of training within the Learning Management System.

Instructional Methods

Instruction is delivered via on-line computer program interaction which includes visual text, audio narration, images, and other graphics.


Students first enroll in the course, and then log in to access the course. If the student is unable to complete the course in one session, the student may log out. The program records module completions and review questions answered. When returning to the course, the student may resume at the last point of progress.

Completion and Certificate

A student has completed the course when all pages within all modules have been accessed, and all review questions have been answered correctly. Each module contains 10 quiz questions. A certificate of completion is generated upon course completion and can be immediately downloaded / printed. In addition, we retain a record of your transcript and all course completions for no less than 2 years.

Initial SMS Training for Managers – Course Modules:

  • Introduction to SMS for Managers
  • Roles & Responsibilities of Managers
  • Safety Promotion
  • Human Factors & Organizational Safety
  • Safety Assurance and Internal Evaluation
  • Hazard Reporting and Management
  • Safety Risk and Change Management
  • Introduction to Accident Investigation