Feb 01, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020

ALPA-I Training Courses

General Information

ALPA Training Opportunities


Aviation Safety Training

ALPA-I courses are open to IFALPA members on a space available basis; registration is complimentary
Interested participants can e-mail their course selection (s) to Arleen McFarlane at [email protected]


Accident Investigation

Accident Investigation Course (AIC)
• Audience—Members who completed ALPA 101 and Safety 101 Initial Safety Training
Schedule—Biannually: August 17-20, 2020 (Valo Park-McLean, VA)

• Description—Builds upon the foundation provided in the Accident Investigation module of the Safety 101 Initial Safety Training course. This course equips the pilot safety volunteer to function efficiently, effectively, and safely as the chief accident investigator for his/her MEC Central Air Safety Committee, ALPA party coordinator, or Technical Group member on an accident investigation.

The four-day training covers the following subject areas: Accident notification and dispatch, ALPA staff capabilities, NTSB/TSB policies, ALPA coordinator responsibilities, flight data recorders, cockpit voice recorders, field phase procedures, flight crew representation, employment of CIRP, bloodborne pathogen training (OSHA), and international investigations.

Advanced Accident Investigation Course (AAIC)
• Audience—Members of Central Air Safety Committee Accident Investigation teams who have successfully completed the Accident Investigation Course
Schedule—Once or twice yearly: June 15-18, 2020 and TBD (Grand Forks, ND)
• Description—The four-day course provides ALPA safety investigators with a thorough rehearsal of NTSB/TSB procedures and a comprehensive examination of pre-accident plans and documents. A portion of the training is conducted on a mock crash site.

A hands-on course that applies the material taught in the Accident Investigation Course and Safety 101 Initial Safety Training, including preparation and organization of ALPA resources in case of an accident. This course focuses on student participation in several mock NTSB investigative groups to familiarize ALPA investigators with the investigative process.

Airport Safety Liaison (ASL) Course
• Audience—Members who completed ASO 101 FAST, Safety 101 Initial Safety Training
Schedule—Biannually in conjunction with Safety 101: August 6, 2020 (Valo Park-McLean, VA)
• Description—Four-hour training module led by the Airport and Ground Environment Group for air safety representatives who will represent ALPA as ASLs.

Airport safety liaisons are trained to be thoroughly familiar with ALPA policy relating to airport procedures; ground infrastructure; maintaining a productive working relationship with the management, other critical stakeholders, and municipal airport representatives; and how to identify hazards and make recommendations for their mitigation or elimination. The ASL offers the airline pilot perspective and provides a proactive, consistent, and known resource to airport management where pilot input is useful.

Risk Management Course (RMC)
• Audience—Members who completed Safety 101 IST (see below)
Schedule—Biannually: September 22-24, 2020 (Valo Park-McLean, VA)
• Description—The two-and-a-half-day day course familiarizes experienced air safety representatives with the protocols of voluntary safety reporting programs and equips them with the skills necessary to effectively address aviation hazards employing a Safety Management Systems (SMS) approach, utilizing Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) protocols.

The RMC provides Safety Committee chairmen, Event Review Committee (ERC) members, and FOQA gatekeepers with a sound foundation from which to correctly perform their assigned responsibilities. Upon successful completion of the Risk Management Course, the air safety representative will be able to serve effectively as a FOQA gatekeeper and/or ERC member within an SMS context.

Safety 101 Initial Safety Training (IST)
• Audience—New Aviation Safety representatives
Schedule—August 5-6, 2020 (Valo Park-McLean, VA)
• Description—Safety 101 Initial Safety Training (IST) provides new air safety representatives training on Air Safety Organization (ASO) orientation, administration, communication, and the fundamentals of incident and accident investigation. Safety 101 IST equips attendees with the skills to confidently work within the ASO to effectively support their own pilot group and to work with representatives from government and management. Training is accomplished over a one- and one-half-day period.

Safety 101 IST explains the ASO and safety group functions and responsibilities, provides an overview of how to effectively support the safety needs of the MEC, and includes an introduction to accident investigation with the NTSB and TSB. Those who have completed the training will have a basic understanding of how to represent their MEC Safety Committee or the ASO effectively through various industry/government activities.

Safety Leadership School (SLS)
• Audience—Members who completed Safety 101 IST
Schedule—Biannually: September 24-25, 2020 (Valo Park-McLean, VA)
• Description—The one-and-a-half-day course provides experienced Air Safety
representatives with additional training in safety leadership, safety administration and committee management, safety risk management and Safety Management Systems, incident/accident prevention, and media communications.

Upon completion of the Safety Leadership School, Air Safety representatives will have the skills necessary to understand the relationship between managed and unmanaged hazards and their potential to cause aircraft accidents and incidents. They will be able to form a committee or team to identify and assess the safety risks associated with hazards, effectively bring the information to the attention of the MEC and company management, and to facilitate implementation of corrective actions. Skills are pertinent for safety leadership roles such as Central Air Safety chairman, Local Air Safety chairman, or Technical Group project team leader.

Security 101
• Audience—Security reps/members
Schedule—Biannually: August 5-6, 2020 (Valo Park—McLean, VA)
• Description—General information is provided for the benefit of new MEC Security
chairs/coordinators on how to function in their positions. The course offers an overview of ALPA administrative procedures, organizational structure and security priorities, and other
topics of interest.

Pilot Assistance Training


Pilot Peer Support (PPS) Program Initial Training
• Audience—National and MEC Pilot Assistance representatives
Schedule—As needed, February 10–12, 2020 (JetBlue MEC, Orlando, FL), June 23–26, 2020 (TBD), October 13–15, 2020 (TBD)
• Description—Provides training to national and MEC Pilot Assistance representatives who volunteer to become pilot peer support representatives and assist fellow pilots who need help working through personal difficulties and stress.

Pilot Peer Support Progra Recurrent Training
• Audience—National and MEC Pilot Assistance representatives
Schedule—As needed, May 12 and September 16, 2020 (TBD)
• Description—Provides recurrent training to national and MEC Pilot Assistance representatives who will volunteer to become pilot peer support representatives and assist fellow pilots who need help working through personal difficulties and stress.

Membership Seminar
SMD&R Dept. coordination 
• Audience—MEC officers, Membership Committee chairs and volunteers
Schedule—Biennially, April 22–23, 2020 (Ottawa, ON)
• Description—Provides an opportunity for MEC officers and MEC Membership Committee volunteers to discuss membership issues and policies as well as exchange ideas on best practices when dealing with membership situations. Coordinated with Membership Administration, discussion topics include membership updates, billing issues, insurance products overview, and a demonstration of the online tools available to Membership Committees. The 2020 seminar is targeted to ALPA-represented pilot groups in Canada.


To train Pilots to truly be the best they can be in their field

Fees and cancellation

Registration fees are waived, confirmed participants will have to cover their expenses for travel, accommodations and meals.


Please reference the individual courses for location and venue