Please note that the course running in June 2024 is now fully booked. Please register for any other available dates or get in touch with the Short Course Team.

This course can also be delivered as a bespoke delivery to individual companies, please enquire for more information.
This course aims to provide you with knowledge of the methods for safety assessment in relation to the design, reliability, safety and certification of aircraft systems.

It describes and explains the various approaches to assessing the safety of increasingly complex aircraft systems whilst providing an open forum in which all issues related to safety assessment can be discussed.

You may also benefit from the follow-on Applied Safety Assessment workshop, which provides practical experience of the learning gained from this course. Delegates who have chosen to do both the Course and Workshop consecutively have found the practical element extremely useful in applying their new-found knowledge in the 'real world'.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationOnline and Cranfield campus
  • Cost£2,700 Concessions available

Course structure

The course is delivered over five days, and is mostly in the form of lectures and tutorials. Group work also takes place on Monday to Wednesday evenings, where delegates will carry out a safety assessment in teams. Industry speakers are also scheduled, representing GE Aerospace, Aero Engine Controls Ltd and Raytheon Systems Ltd. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the regulatory background behind the Safety Assessment of Aircraft Systems
  • Choose and apply the technique(s) which is most appropriate for the system under consideration
  • Understand the theory behind each technique, including the strengths and weaknesses of each one, and be aware of possible pitfalls
  • Appreciate the role of safety assessment in the overall context of aircraft certification
  • Understand the issues to be faced for the certification of new systems and aircraft.

Core content

  • Introduction to Probability Methods.
  • Requirements for Safety Assessment as Part of Regulatory Approval and Continued Airworthiness Process. (This discusses the underlying principles applied by Regulatory authorities)
  • The Development of Requirements for Safety Assessment, FAR and EASA CS25.1309. (This provides more information on the derivation of the quantitative safety targets, and how they may be achieved)
  • Fault Tree Analysis, Dependence Diagrams and Boolean Algebra
  • Zonal Safety Analysis (ZSA), Particular Risk Analysis (PRA) and Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) of Aircraft Systems
  • Safety and Certification of Digital Systems and Safety Critical Software
  • Application of Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) 4761 and ARP 4754
  • Certification Maintenance Requirements
  • Flight-deck Ergonomics

Who should attend

The course is designed for personnel from all parts of the aviation industry although it will be of particular value to those working for manufacturers, suppliers, operators and aviation authorities who are concerned with the design, reliability, safety or certification of aircraft 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:

Industry speakers are drawn from GE Aerospace, Aero Engine Controls Ltd and Raytheon Systems Ltd.


Group Discount: Where more than three delegates are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount of 10% 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

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at our Mitchell Hall hotel. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. The cost of this package is £530 in June 2023 and £595 in June 2024.

If you would like to book our accommodation package for this short course*, please indicate this on your registration form.

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

*Subject to availability

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. 

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.