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    Aviation Safety

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:ASE
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

The Aviation Safety Ontario Advanced Diploma program educates students in a range of areas relevant to the aviation industry. You'll learn Canadian aviation industry regulations, as well as business, leadership and technical skills required to implement policies and procedures. This program will prepare you for employment in Aviation Safety. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in a variety of aviation companies including the airlines, flight schools, charter companies, airports and insurance companies.

Areas of Study

Your studies will include risk assessment and analysis, trending analysis and flight data analysis, incident reviews and investigations, auditing functions, human factors, database management and safety management, system development and implementation, as well as database management. Courses in mathematics, communications and liberal arts will also round out your skills and help you to make meaningful contributions to the aviation industry.

Diploma Structure

Year 1
Term 1: September: Semester 1
Term 2: January: Semester 2
Term 3: May: Semester 3
Year 2
September: Optional co-op work-term or one semester break.
Term 4: January: Semester 4
Term 5: May: Semester 5
Year 3
September: Optional co-op work-term or one semester break.
Term 6: January: Semester 6

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: MCT4(C), MHF4(U) or MCV4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be given an alternate offer for the Applied Science and Technology Fundamentals certificate program.
  • It is common practice for the Aviation Industry to require police criminal checks and drug testing on employment.


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Your Career

Gain an employment advantage in the increasingly complex and competitive aviation industry. If you are an aspiring pilot or aviation manager, our Aviation Safety program will focus your skills on operational areas such as meteorology, flight planning and dispatch, emergency planning, accident investigation and safety management. As a student, you'll also develop valuable professional skills such as communication, leadership, decision making and problem solving - all of which are as important in the cockpit as they are in the boardroom.


The Seneca College Aviation Safety program will prepare students to complete their Industry Canada radio licence and meet the requirements for writing the Transport Canada Dispatcher licence exams.

Note: Students must pass all Transport Canada exams, which have higher pass grades.

Co-operative Education

Eligible students in the Aviation Safety program may choose to take a co-op work-term during the Fall of year two or three. Before starting the work-term, these students complete Co-op Professional Theory. To graduate from the co-op option of Aviation Safety, students must successfully complete both Co-op Professional Theory and the co-op work-term.

For further information about the co-op programs, please refer to

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Aviation Management

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AER121 Aeronautics I 3
AVM121 Aviation Management I 3
AVS121 Aviation Studies I - History and Standards 3
EAC150 College English 3
ACA121 Aviation Computer Applications 3
MTH121 Mathematics 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FDP221 Flight Dispatch I 3
FLP221 Flight Planning I 3
MET321 Meteorology 3
MTH221 Mathematics 3
SMS221 Safety Management System I - Documentation and Implementation 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
HAS321 Health and Safety 3
ASO321 Airside Operations 3
AVM321 Aviation Management II 3
ETW221 English Technical Writing 4
FPD321 Flight Planning and Dispatch 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ALO421 Airline Operations 3
EPP421 Emergency Planning and Preparedness 3
SEC421 Security 3
SMS421 Safety Management System II - Quality Control and Assurance 3
TPL421 Transport Logistics - International Customs and Freight 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AVM521 Aviation Management III 3
DDM521 Database Development and Management 3
HUM521 Human and Organizational Factors 3
INS521 Aviation Insurance I 3
MTH521 Mathematics III - Statistics 3
SMS521 Safety Management Systems III Program Development 3
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AII621 Accident and Incident Investigation 3
AVP621 Aviation Project Course 3
HAS621 Health and Safety 3
PPM621 Project and Finance Management in Aviation 3
SAF621 Operational Safety Industry Studies 3
SMS621 Safety Management IV: Risk Assessment 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Aeronautics I
Aviation Computer Applications
Aviation Management I
Aviation Studies I
College English
Semester 2
Flight Dispatch
Flight Planning I
Mathematics II
Safety Management Systems I
General Education Option
Semester 3
Airside Operations
Aviation Management II
English Technical Writing
Flight Planning and Dispatch
Health and Safety
General Education Option
Semester 4
Airline Operations
Emergency Planning
Safety Management Systems II
Transport Logistics
General Education Option
Semester 5
Aviation Insurance I
Aviation Management III
Database Development
Human Factors
Mathematics III
Safety Management Systems III
Semester 6
Accident Investigation
Aviation Project
Health and Safety
Operational Safety Industry Studies
Project and Finance Management
Safety Management Systems IV

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Aleksandra Sasin
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22469
Program Contacts:
Program Student Advisor: Diana Samuel-De Roche
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22765
Program Coordinator: Savik Ramkay
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22049
Co-op Coordinator: Tracy Rogers
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26833
Program Chair: Lynne McMullen
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22176
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