For an aircraft accident investigator, determining “what” happened is quite challenging. However, that is merely the beginning. Uncovering WHY the accident occurred is a necessity for preventing future occurrence (which is why we investigate in the first place).

The industry-wide accepted percentage of accidents resulting from Human Factors (Human Error) is around 80 percent. The potential for these human errors is almost limitless: spatial disorientation, aeronautical decision-making, maintenance malpractice, violations, organizational influences, culture, design and manufacturing, training, funding, etc.

SCSI’s Human Factors in Aircraft Accident Investigation certification provides the knowledge and tools that allow you to conduct a complete, comprehensive, scientific and holistic investigation; revealing the WHY.

Participants may earn the SCSI certificate in Human Factors in Aircraft Accident Investigation by completing a series of courses as shown below.

Required Courses

Human Factors in Accident Investigation (HFAI)
This course teaches the required material for investigators to (a) identify the human error issues involved in an accident wherever they occurred (e.g. in the cockpit, ATC, management, maintenance, etc.) and (b) know when and how to call on the required human factors experts for further analysis.

Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance (HFAM)
Investigating the maintenance aspects of aviation accidents and incidents can frequently be a complex yet beneficial undertaking. As operators move towards second- and even third- tier outsourcing for their maintenance activities, the complexity of the maintenance-related aspects of accident and incident investigations continues to increase. Today's investigator, even if familiar with basic maintenance practices, must update his/her knowledge to become acquainted with the intricacies and potential pitfalls of these new organizational arrangements.

Any 3 Electives from this list
  • Aircraft Accident Investigation (AAI) (AAI)
  • Air Traffic Control Investigation (ATCI)
  • Electronic Systems Investigation (ESI)
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation (FEI)
  • Flight Data Analysis (FDA)
  • Gas Turbine Accident Investigation (GTAI)
  • Helicopter Accident Investigation (HAI)
  • Investigation Management (IM)
  • Family Assistance Planning (FAP)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Investigation (AMI)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Transfer Credit

Upon approval by SCSI you may transfer in credit for equivalent courses taken elsewhere (See note below)

Once a participant has completed these five courses, SCSI will award the Certificate of Aircraft Accident Investigation which will list the courses completed and acknowledge your achievement.

Note: SCSI will accept equivalent military or commercial courses from another provider on a case by case basis. The SCSI instructional staff will evaluate requests for transfer of credit and a decision will be made by the Chief Learning Officer. SCSI will only recognize courses completed towards the certificate if they were taken within five years of the certificate date. Anyone wishing to apply for such credit should mail proof of completion (certificate or transcript) along with the category or course(s) to be substituted.