Apron Safety and Operations Management

Aprons are often the most congested and busiest areas of an airport. They are home to demanding and complex activities that are carried out under severe space and time constraints.

This course provides guidance that brings together the best elements of managing apron safety from the experience of airport operators around the world.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand best practices for the planning and design of apron layouts and facilities.
  • Recommend effective standard operational practices for safe apron operations.
  • Describe effective processes for managing maintenance and construction activities on aprons.
  • Recognize how to enhance safety, improve operations and prevent or reduce accidences, incidents and occurrence on the apron.

Who Should Enrol?

  • All new employees that require initial safety training as part of their induction process.
  • Existing employees that require initial or recurrent safety training.
  • Personnel from all airport stakeholders and service providers that operate at the airport.
  • Airport managers, supervisors or personnel with operations, safety or compliance responsibilities.
  • Personnel responsible for training and facilitating airside operational staff.
  • Anyone interested in a career in airport operations and/or safety.

Course Content

The Apron Safety and Operations Management course covers the following topics:

Apron Safety

  • The importance of apron safety.
  • Managing hazards on the apron to ensure the health and safety of staff working airside.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • The role of safety promotion.
  • Accident, incident and occurrence reporting.
  • The importance of stakeholder agreements in apron operations.

Apron Planning & Design

  • Safety considerations in apron planning and design.
  • Visual aids used on the apron.

Vehicle Operations

  • Fundamentals of safe ground vehicle operations.
  • The principles of safe airside driving.
  • Requirements for driver training.

Aircraft Operations and Fuelling

  • Key risks associated with aircraft operations and how to mitigate these.
  • Elements of safe aircraft fuelling procedures.

Apron Management

  • Key elements of apron management.
  • The role of apron inspections in apron safety.
  • Stand allocation and aircraft turnaround.

Ground Handling

  • Ensuring safe aircraft ground handling and servicing.
  • Passenger Boarding Bridge (PBB) operation.
  • Managing key hazards – including dangerous goods and foreign object debris (FOD).
  • Passenger safety.

Adverse Weather Operations

  • Major hazards presented by adverse weather conditions on apron operations and how to manage these.

Rescue and Firefighting (RFF)

  • RFF procedures and their impact on apron safety.
  • Elements of emergency management.

Apron Maintenance and Construction

  • Apron infrastructure and facilities maintenance.
  • Key elements of apron construction management.
  • Returning to operation after apron construction.


This course includes an integrated online assessment.

Candidates must successfully complete the assessment to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course info

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Level: Short Course
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$195.00 CAD