Whether you are new to the aviation industry or an experienced airport professional, it can be quite daunting trying to determine which training would be the best fit for your professional development needs and will equip you with the right knowledge and skills to perform your job well. Naturally, you would want to get the most out of your learning experience so that you can be assured of gaining not only improved competence but also increased confidence to accomplish your goals.
ACI Global Training developed the Global Safety Network (GSN) Diploma Programme to directly contribute towards the career advancement of aviation professionals, operators and regulators, specifically in the areas of safety and operations. The programme provides tools and learning solutions to help airports ensure that they have the right people with the right competencies in the right jobs to keep airports running safely and efficiently.
To date, the GSN courses have been delivered to more than 6,000 participants worldwide and over 450 GSN Diplomas have been awarded since the programme’s inception in 2006.
Meet three of our latest GSN graduates as they share their background and objectives for taking GSN and further explain why the diploma programme is extremely valuable and highly recommended.
Nikolay Kostov, Head of Safety Department from Burgas Airport, shared that the reason he wanted training through the GSN programme was the desire and need to acquire new knowledge in the field of aviation safety.
Nikolay began his career in agricultural aviation as an aviation technician for the helicopter Kamov 26. Five years later, he moved to Burgas Airport, where he worked as marshaler, ramp agent, load control supervisor and, since 2007, as Safety Manager.
“I knew the diploma will help me in my everyday work and raise the image of Burgas Airport. The acquired knowledge has already helped me during the preparation and completion of certification at Burgas Airport according to the requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA),” he further added.
“I highly recommend ACI training for its excellent instructors and programmes, pleasant training centers and opportunities to meet colleagues. It was an experience that I really enjoyed.”
Nikolay obtained the GSN Gold Diploma on 8 June 2018 upon completion of the sixth and last module on GSN 6: Aerodrome Auditing and Compliance, in Riga, Latvia.
Jamsheer Velapuram, Officer-Planning, Dubai Airport shared that the GSN Diploma is truly an achievement. “A golden feather in my cap,” he said.
“I am continuing my journey conquering different heights and the GSN Diploma is an important milestone in my career,” Jamsheer said after receiving the GSN Gold Diploma upon completion of the sixth and final module on GSN 3: Emergency Planning and Crisis Management, on 28 June 2018, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Ever since he was a child, Jamsheer had dreamed of working in the aviation industry. After completing his postgraduate studies at Shivaji University, India, he was offered a job in a financial company, but chose instead to join the prestigious Dubai Airport as Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) Assist-Officer where he gained extensive experience on airport/airline ICAO codes, flight plans, Aeronautical Information Publications (AIPs), Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), etc. Four years later, he joined the management team of Airside Operations as Officer-Planning.
He obtained the GSN Gold Diploma on 28 June 28 upon completion of the sixth and last module on GSN 3: Emergency Planning and Crisis Management, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
“The other major objective for going through the Diploma Programme was to prepare myself to take on new responsibilities within Airside Operations. The GSN courses are completely relevant to my job role and I am now confident that I can move to any other job roles within Airside Operations,” he added.
Recently, one of Jamsheer’s colleagues was preparing for a higher job role. “With the knowledge that I gained from the GSN courses, I was able to help him prepare for the test and interview,” he explained. “The efforts were fruitful; he got the job!”
Jamsheer outlined the reasons why he recommends the GSN diploma programme to anyone who is working or is interested in the aviation industry.
Martin Bülow, Safety Manager, Fraport AG also weighed in his thoughts on GSN. After graduating from Berlin Technical University with a MSc in Aviation Engineering, he decided to move to Germany’s Capital of Aviation and started working at Frankfurt Airport in a department that focused on airside quality and capacity enhancement.
“Following my promotion to EASA Safety Manager and not coming from an airside job, I decided to get specialised training for the new job. The GSN offering was comprehensive in giving me the tools and gaining experience in an area that I was not as familiar with.” Martin shared.
Meeting great people and much valued colleagues in six different countries was what Martin said he would remember the most about his GSN journey. “It gives you new perspectives on certain topics and makes you aware that in the end all airports face their own challenges – even in a heavily standardized environment,” he said.
“Examples, best practices and shared experiences from other airports help in evaluating situations that might be new to your own airport. This was already helpful during the EASA certification process,” Martin added.
Finally, when asked if he would recommend the GSN Diploma Programme, Martin replied, “Of course! It will enhance your knowledge and get you in contact with fellow aviation experts.”