ACE Safety Management Systems (SMS) Review Course

June 3-5, 2024 | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET Daily | Alexandria, VA

This course is based on the NEW SMS material, released in February 9, 2024. Once you enroll in the ACE SMS program, you will receive a link to the new material. Contact [email protected] if you have questions.


FAA has established a new role to airports detect and mitigate safety problems before they result in accidents or incidents. The final rule requires certain airports to develop and implement a Safety Management System (SMS). The ACE SMS Review Course was designed to prepare participants for understanding SMS as well as designing, planning, implementing, and maturing safety at an airport. The course material draws on decades of experience implementing SMS in a variety of industries and applies that experience to the unique world of airport operations. The ACE SMS certification is a thorough introduction to safety theory, and learners participate in a variety of hands-on practice to leave the course with an understanding not only of why SMS works, but how to apply that knowledge in a practical way. This course is best suited to practicing or aspiring safety professionals as well as to leaders who will have frequent interface with SMS processes.

Please note:
Course enrollment does not include the ACE SMS Program Fee. In order to take the final examination, you MUST be enrolled in the ACE SMS Program. We are pleased to offer a discounted rate of the ACE SMS Program Fee as part of the course purchase. You can find more information in the registration process below.


This training is $950 for the full 3-day review course. This fee does not include the ACE SMS program fee.

Do not miss our special rate of $410 for the ACE SMS Program Fee. 
*You MUST submit the ACE SMS Program Fee to take the final certification exam.

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Need to register offline? Download the registration form and send to [email protected] once complete.

Questions? Contact the Training Department at [email protected].


All business sessions will be held at the AAAE Conference Center in the Barclay Building, 601 Madison Street, Third Floor, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, phone 703.824.0500.  The building is directly across the street from the Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria. The review course starts with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, and concludes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Dress is casual.  

Visitor parking is located at the Sheraton underground garage (for a fee), next to the main entrance on St. Asaph Street. Each morning you will need to use the buzzer at the front door to enter the building.

Be sure to bring with you the most recent edition of the ACE SMS Module, writing utensils, highlighters, and a laptop to take the exam on the final day. A course workbook will be provided to you at the start of class. 

Recommended Hotel: 
Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria (a Marriott brand), 801 N. Saint Asaph, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone 703.836.4700.

AAAE has a corporate rate with this hotel. Once you are on their website, enter in your arrival/departure dates. To the right of the dates, there is a dropdown menu for “special rates”. Click on the arrow and scroll to Corporate/Promo Code and enter the code "S6037". Please note, there may be other special or prepaid rates available during your stay, so the group rate may not always be the lowest.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by and take place at AAAE. 


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Benjamin Goodheart, Ph.D., CSP, FRAeS

Founder & Principal Consultant
Magpie | Human Safety Systems
Lakewood, CO

Ben Goodheart is on organizational performance, safety, and leadership professional with over 25 years of experience. His diverse career began in the aviation industry, and his varied operational expertise affords him a variety of opportunities to practice within his passion. Todoy, Dr. Goodheart works in consultation with businesses in aviation, healthcare, public utilities, chemical processing, oil and gos, and others to design human-centered organizational systems that ore resilient, safe, and effective for the people they serve. Ben is on active author, speaker, and researcher focused on novel applications within safety management and organizational climate and culture, and with a specific focus on building strong, flexible organizations through leadership and user-centered design. He holds a Moster of Science in Safety Science and a Ph.D. with a research specialization in applied organizational safety, risk, and leadership. Dr. Goodheart is a Certified Safety Professional and on Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor. He is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Magpie Human Systems, on international safety and organizational performance consultancy. Benjamin served as President of on international nonprofit relief organization and currently serves on the advisory board for Aviation Community Foundation and business advisory boards for notable UAS and service organizations. Dr. Goodheart and his family live in the U.S. in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains.