This course will be delivered online offering the flexibility to study from a location convenient for you. Using our digital teaching platforms the course will offer a mix of sessions from live lectures, group exercises and self-study. For more information on our online delivery of this course please contact us.

The course features all aspects of airworthiness from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

The rules are explained in general terms but the fundamental principles are also detailed which will allow greater benefit from the course. The course addresses the key aspects of design, production, maintenance and operation of aircraft across the wide spectrum of technologies in aerospace.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration1 week
  • LocationOnline and Cranfield campus
  • Cost


    Concessions available

Course structure

The course is delivered over 5 days and is mostly in the form of lectures. Group work is also used to enable discussions among the participants. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

• Describe the legal basis which underpins airworthiness regulation in aircraft design, production, operation and maintenance.
• Interpret the principles of airworthiness as applied to the process of aircraft and engine certification and ensuring their continuing airworthiness throughout the lifecycle.
• Communicate the importance of airworthiness requirements as they relate to aircraft design, production, operation and maintenance.
• Articulate the process for Continuing Airworthiness Management for different types and sizes of operator.

Core content

  • Introduction to airworthiness and air law
  • Certification processes
  • Introduction to system safety assessment
  • Airworthiness lessons learned - review of significant accidents
  • Design and production organisation approvals (DOA) & (POA)
  • Maintenance and operational approvals
  • Continuing airworthiness management
  • Engine certification
  • Application of safety management systems in airworthiness organisations
  • Human factors in airworthiness
  • Incident and occurrence reporting programmes
  • Current and emerging airworthiness challenges

Who should attend

This short course is designed for experienced personnel from all parts of the aviation industry. It will be of particular value to manufacturers, suppliers, operators, MRO staff and civil aviation authorities who are concerned with the continuing airworthiness and/or certification of aircraft and their systems.


This short course is a module within the MSc in Airworthiness which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).


Cranfield speakers include:

  • Dr Wai-Nang Chung
  • John Vincent
  • Trevor Woods
  • Cengiz Turkoglu 

Industry speakers are drawn from Airbus and Rolls-Royce.


Where more than three delegates are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount for the course is offered. Please ask about discount scheme at time of booking. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.