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Aviation Safety & Security Program

For over half a century the USC program has served as the gold standard of aviation safety management education.  The program has developed a reputation for excellence that is recognized nationally and internationally in the aviation community.

Our program was established at USC in 1952 as the first Aviation Safety program at a major research university.  We offer 20 courses to nearly 1000 students each year in a personal, hands-on, format.  Our instructors are skilled educators with extensive industry experience, and courses are taught in small classes to facilitate classroom interaction.  Students gain the knowledge to establish safety programs, investigate aircraft accidents, become expert witnesses, and deal with human factor issues.

Individual courses are designed to provide the student with expertise in a particular subject area. While each course is constructed as a whole and taught independently of the others, those interested in preparing for a full-time career in aviation safety should consider a program of courses that provides broad knowledge. We award the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety and Security Certificate to those successfully completing the required program. It certifies completion of training in the multidisciplinary areas of Aviation Safety Management.

More than 21,000 aviation professionals have come from over 20 nations to attend, including:

  • All major U.S. air carriers and aircraft manufacturers.
  • Many International air carriers recognized for their outstanding safety records, including QANTAS, SAS and Lufthansa
  • U.S. government agencies managing air safety and accident investigations and recommendations – the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, and the equivalent agencies of Canada, New Zealand, France, Great Britain, Italy, Singapore, Australia, Spain, Germany and Taiwan
  • Other agencies – Forest Service, Customs Service, DEA, FBI, INS, Bureau of Land Management, Border Patrol, all branches of the military
  • Local agencies across the country such as:  the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s Office, the Orange County Fire Department, the Gainsville Florida Police Department, Columbus Ohio Airport Police,  New York City Police Department as well as many others.
January 12, 2017 - USC Adds Addiational System Safety Course for Feburary 13-24

The Program has added an additional System Safety course to the 2016-2017 schedule, which will run Feburary 13-24 at the LAX campus.  This course will use the code SSC 17-2; the code for the April 3-14 course is now SSC 17-3.

If you wish to register for the course, you may do so online here.

If you have any questions , please contact our registration office at or (310) 342-1348.

December 2, 2016 - Schedule Changes for May 2017 Data for Safety Management and Advanced System Safety

The Program has changed the dates for two upcoming courses in May 2017, Data for Safety Management (DATA 17-2) and Advanced System Safety (17-1).  The dates will bs as follows:

Course Course Code Date
Advanced Syystem Safety ADVSS 17-1 1 - 5 May, 2017
Data For Safety Management DATA 17-2 8-12 May, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact our registration office at or (103) 342-1348.

November 1, 2016 - New USC Course, Data for Safety Management

The Aviation Safety and Security Program announces a new course, Data for Safety Magement.  This practical, hands-on approach to the handling and analysis of flight data will first run December 12-16, 2016, for four and a half days.  This course will feature actual collection and analysis of real-time flight data, and cover the following topics:
  • FOQA Programs
  • FDR's, QAR's, CVR's
  • ADS-B
  • Animation of Flight Data
  • Basic Statistical Tools
  • International Standards
  • Case Studies
  • Commercial Safety Data Services
  • Flight data in supporting accident/incident investigation
To register for this new course, please visit our online registration portal, or contact our Registration Office.