Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation


Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation

This Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Certificate program will provide training and education in the field of aircraft accident investigation. The global expansion and increase in aviation and aircraft activity, alongside regulatory changes has increased the need for qualified and knowledgeable accident investigators. The ERAU certificate program is designed to provide insight into the role of an accident investigator from theory to application, as well as provide an overall education in the field of aviation safety and aircraft design & survivability. These courses will integrate classroom learning in conjunction with hands-on investigation in our state-of-the-art crash labs and University resources.


The short-courses required for the certificate include:

Target Audience

  • Aviation safety professionals
  • Safety investigators
  • Commercial and corporate flight officers
  • Airline, aircraft and aviation manufacturers or professionals

How to Obtain your Certificate

  1. Register for each of the four required courses
  2. Complete all four required courses
  3. Contact ERAU to request your Certificate

These courses may be taken independently or toward the Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation. Certain courses may also apply toward the Certificate of Management in Aviation Safety.  

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Course Schedule

CourseDatesLocationCost
Aircraft Accident InvestigationNov. 6-10, 2017  or
Apr. 30-May 7, 2018
Daytona Beach, FL$2,000
Advanced Aircraft Accident InvestigationPendingPrescott, AZ$2,000
Media Relations in Aircraft Accident InvestigationNov. 13-15, 2017Daytona Beach, FL$1,400
Aircraft Crash Survival Investigation & AnalysisOct. 16-20, 2017Prescott, AZ$2,000

Course Descriptions

Media Relations in Aircraft Accident Investigation

The Media Relations in Aircraft Accident Investigation course can be taken independently or as part of the Certificate of Aircraft Accident Investigation. Learn more about this course.

Aircraft Accident Investigation (Basic)

This course is designed to teach the participant the fundamentals required to conduct or manage an aircraft mishap/accident investigation.

The participant will review the investigation sequence from the pre-planning stage through the general survey and specific analysis of a mishap/accident, culminating with the determination of contributing factors and probable cause(s).

Crash laboratory exercises and case examples will help the participant identify, collect and analyze data in the process of determining probable cause/s. The participant will also discover solutions to problems faced during aircraft mishap/accident investigations.

Aircraft Accident Investigation (Advanced)

This course is designed to introduce the participant to advanced accident investigation procedures involving design, materials, and aircraft performance. This comprehensive course is a follow-on course for the aircraft accident investigation course or for an individual who has experience in accident investigation.

Participants will analyze various mechanical and structural factors and loads on an airplane, and will be introduced to investigating composite materials, advanced fire investigation and avionics. Participants will also discuss aircraft crashworthiness and CFR emergency response procedures.

Extensive use will be made of crash laboratory simulated accident scenario exercises and case examples will help participants identify, collect, and analyze data in the process of determining probable causes.

Aircraft Crash Survival Investigation & Analysis

This course entails a detailed analysis of the aircraft accident environment with particular emphasis on survivability factors. It explores factors and forces that cause injury and examines the injury-role played by impact forces and occupiable space compromises. The students will examine crashworthiness and delethalization technologies and concepts with a focus on the best ways to protect occupants during a crash. Selected aircraft accidents will be used as case studies. An in-depth review of basic kinematics and development of injury-related information will be completed.