The next occurrence of 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 the Safety and Accident Investigation Centre’s approach to online course delivery click here. If you require more information regarding the online delivery of this programme, please do contact us.

The five-day online Aviation Safety Investigation course has been created to provide an introduction to the key skills required to undertake investigations within the aviation sector.

With over 40 years of experience in training safety investigators, Cranfield University is proud to release a five-day course, Aviation Safety Investigation, which is offered as an online, alternative method of delivery. You will be taught the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required in conducting safety investigations, before you put them into practice when you undertake the key stages in a simulated serious incident investigation. In teams you will request appropriate evidence, conduct interviews, analyse evidence using a formal model and make safety-based recommendations. The course is designed for those working within the safety function of airlines, airports, ground handling providers, manufacturers, regulators, air navigation service providers or professional associations/unions.

While for professional investigators we recommend our three-week Fundamentals of Accident Investigation course or our six-week Aircraft Accident Investigation course, this course will also be suitable for support staff of professional investigators.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration1 week
  • LocationOnline and Cranfield campus
  • Cost£1,975 Concessions available

Course structure

The course is designed to accommodate an international audience and be timezone friendly. Live teaching typically starts from 08:00 UTC and finishes after 3.5 hours on average. In addition, each day will have approximately 4 hours of pre-recorded presentations, individual exercises and group work. Delegates will require access to a computer that is capable of using conferencing software and is connected to an internet connection that enables stable video streaming. The course will be delivered in English.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

  • describe the accident investigation process in the aviation industry;
  • identify roles and responsibilities within the accident investigation process;
  • critically assess analysis techniques used in accident investigation;
  • evaluate common causal factors;
  • undertake an investigative interview using the PEACE model;
  • collect and analyse human factors evidence;
  • make effective recommendations.

Core content

Module topics:

  • accident investigation approaches and response;
  • on-site appraisal, including an overview of hazard and risk management;
  • evidence identification and collection;
  • human factors in investigations;
  • witnesses and interviewing;
  • investigation analysis;
  • organisational influence on accident causation;
  • preparing and managing recommendations;
  • writing investigation reports.
I had the good fortune to attend the five-day Aviation Safety Investigation course at Cranfield University. What a week… it was a real mind-opener. It was fantastic to learn first-hand from the top specialists of different subjects. It wasn’t an easy week, but definitely worth it.


The course is led by Alan Parmenter, Manager, Accident Investigation at Cranfield University.  

The lectures, workshops and simulations are facilitated by presenters who have experience in conducting investigations, providing technical expertise to investigations, as well as academic staff with experience across a range of areas vital to the process of accident investigation. These include: 

Professor Graham Braithwaite, Professor of Safety and Accident Investigation

Dr David Barry, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Safety Management

Mark Robinson, Consultant in Investigative Interviewing


Group discount: Where three delegates or more are booking from within one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee.

How to apply

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

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.