Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Prevention


The ACI Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Prevention course assists airport personnel to understand the threat posed by FOD and explores the key elements of a FOD program that can help airports to successfully manage this threat.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand what FOD is and the serious threat it poses.
  • Explain the fundamentals of FOD management programs.
  • Outline specific FOD training requirements and program content.
  • Understand how effective FOD prevention procedures can improve safety.
  • Recommend FOD inspection procedures and detection technologies.
  • Identify effective FOD removal procedures and equipment.
  • Understand the importance of, and how to, analyse FOD data and evaluate FOD program effectiveness.

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.
  • Airport ground staff.
  • Personnel from airport stakeholders and service providers that operate at the airport.
  • Airport managers, supervisors or personnel with operations, safety or compliance responsibilities.
  • Managers with responsibility for FOD prevention and management.
  • Personnel responsible for training and facilitating airside operational staff.
  • Anyone interested in a career in airport operations and/or safety.

Course Content

The FOD Prevention course covers the following topics:

Introduction to FOD

  • The definition of FOD.
  • Foreign Object Debris vs. Foreign Object Damage.
  • Examples and sources of FOD.
  • The serious threat posed by FOD.

FOD Prevention

  • The fundamental elements of effective FOD management programs.
  • Key FOD prevention activities and procedures:
    • Awareness.
    • Training.
    • Assessing and Managing FOD Risk.

FOD Detection

  • The importance of FOD detection.
  • The most effective procedures to be used in FOD detection at the airport.
  • Key considerations in implementing FOD inspections.
  • FOD detection technologies and their benefits.

FOD Removal

  • Effective FOD removal procedures and practices at the airport.
  • FOD removal equipment.

FOD Evaluation

  • Evaluating FOD program effectiveness.
  • FOD incident investigation and resolution.
  • Maintaining FOD documentation.
  • FOD data analysis.


This course includes an integrated online assessment.

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

Course info

  • Language: English
  • Duration: 2 Hours
  • Level: Short Course
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$150.00 CAD