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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program
Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation

Course Length
2 days

Course Dates & Locations
September 17-18, 2019: Las Vegas, NV
December 17-18, 2019: Las Vegas, NV
May 5-6, 2020: Daytona Beach, FL
July 14-15, 2020: Las Vegas, NV
September 29-30, 2020: Daytona Beach, FL
December 15-16, 2020: Las Vegas, NV


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The Human Factors Analysis Classification System (HFACS) is recognized as the “Gold Standard” in human factors analysis and classification. The HFACS system has direct application in Accident Investigation and Analysis, Risk Reduction Safety, Quality and Productivity improvement. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has teamed with HFACS, Inc. to provide specialized human factors training to promote improved human performance and safety. 

Human error is associated with 60 to 80% of all accidents, injuries, and quality defects across a variety of industries including aviation, healthcare, mining and manufacturing. Managing human error is therefore fundamental to maintaining the viability and profitability of any organization.

This intensive 2-day seminar provides training in the application of innovative methods for managing human error that are scientifically derived, empirically tested, and proven in the field. Participants will learn how to turn errors into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into effective error management solutions.

Attendees will learn how to: 

  • Integrate human factors and system safety concepts into the root cause analysis (RCA) process
  • Utilize the Human Factors Analysis & Classification System (HFACS®) to identify systemic causes of human error during your RCA
  • Transform traditional RCA tools like the fishbone diagram, fault trees, and link analysis using HFACS
  • Implement the Human Factors Intervention matriX (HFIX®) to develop innovative corrective action programs
  • Develop a human error database and tracking system for monitoring and evaluating performance improvement efforts 

Attendees will receive: 

  • HFACS-RCA Handbook
  • Includes HFACS Interview Guide
  • HFACS/HFIX Checklists
  • ERAU Certificate of Completion


Scott ShappellScott A. Shappell, Ph.D.

Dr. Scott Shappell is a Department Chair and Professor of Human Factors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Previously, he was the Human Factors Research Branch Manager at the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. In addition, Dr. Shappell served over 16 years in the U.S. Navy as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist. He has published and presented well over 200 papers, books, and presentations in the fields of accident investigation, system safety, spatial disorientation, sustained operations and fatigue.


Douglas Wiegmann

Douglas A. Wiegmann, Ph.D.

Dr. Douglas Wiegmann is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Wiegmann has also been an associate professor of Human Factors at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and formerly served as an aviation psychologist and accident investigator for both the National Transportation Safety Board and the United States Navy.

Contact Us

Office of Professional Programs, Daytona Beach Campus
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Attendees Said...

"Best workshop on human error I’ve ever attended"

"Learning from the experts is the only way to go!"

"HFACS and HFIX will help take our RCA process to the next level!"