Safety Oversight of ATM/ANS Staff Competence [LEX-SOCA]

Classroom Course
  • Tests
One of the key elements necessary for providing a safe service is the competence of the staff involved in providing that service. This is recognised by the SES regulatory framework, which includes a variety of provisions relating to competence. The oversight of competence arrangements for ATM staff is becoming more important, particularly as the complexity of the ATM system increases. The licensing of air traffic controllers was the first step in providing such safety assurance. Today all ATM personnel performing safety-related tasks are required to demonstrate that they are competent to perform their duties. The course focuses on the role that a national supervisory authority (NSA) must undertake in order to provide proper oversight of competence arrangements for ATM staff as defined in European legislation, EUROCONTROL Safety Regulatory Requirements – ATM Services Personnel (ESARR 5) and ICAO standards and recommended practices.
It is recommended that NSA staff following the NSA Training Initiative successfully complete all mandatory elements of the programme before attempting this course. It is recommended that other participants have a basic understanding of a NSA’s functions in order to fully understand the course.
Important Note
The  LEX-SOCA course was previously named NSA-SOCA.
After completing the course, participants will have a thorough understanding of the aspects that have to be considered during safety-related oversight of the competence of ATM staff undertaking safety-related tasks.
This course is designed for those working within a NSA and is an optional element of the NSA Training Initiative. The course may be of interest for ANSP personnel.
Certificate awarded
Candidates passing the examination will receive a certificate of accomplishment. Other candidates will receive a certificate of attendance.
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No fee applies for course participants from Member State Certified Organisations. The training cost is sponsored by the EUROCONTROL Work Programme. The price per course participant from other organisations or individuals is 1600 EUR.
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IANS - EUROCONTROL Institute of Air Navigation Services, Luxembourg