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Training as an Effective Mitigation Tool

Training Needs Assessment | November 21, 2016

Author: Scott Macpherson

At the NBAA BACE in Orlando, I presented the graphic below that we helped develop to illustrate the need for a proper Training Needs Assessment.

tree-diagram for training needs assessment

We really want our clients to be able to do this for themselves because it is important. Please see one of the many blogs or LinkedIn entries that I have written about Training Needs Assessments and why they are necessary. The illustration depicts what should be considered to ensure that your non-type training program is sound (has all the parts it needs) and appropriate (is targeting the right people and their role-specific needs). To make training an effective risk mitigation tool, identified risks must be reduced by the training component to as low a level as possible. Ask yourself whether the training topic and periodicity will reduce the identified risk and if changing a variable will make a further improvement. One of the major advantages of this approach is that it is often possible to reduce the training burden while maintaining, and sometimes actually improving, the risk picture. Improvements can be seen through assigning training time to a higher risk area or by spreading out training in a particular topic (say, over two years instead of one year) so that over-exposure does not result in trainee fatigue and contempt for the topic.


Scott Macpherson is the President and Founder of and Vice-Chairman of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Governing Board. He is currently Captain on a Falcon 900LX.

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