Introduction to BowTie Methodology

TS130 | 1 day

Understanding BowTie Methodology empowers personnel to contribute to the identification and monitoring of operational risks faced by high-hazard organizations. This one-day course guides delegates through the components and function of BowTie, enabling them to understand, review and assist in the building of BowTies.

Upcoming Training

18 Nov - 18 Nov 2024

Virtual Classroom

£520.00 (excl. VAT)

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How will this course benefit me?

This course will enable delegates to:

  • Understand the architecture of BowTie
  • Identify where BowTie helps with safety risk management
  • Understand barrier-based approach to risk management
  • Assist with BowTie construction
  • Review barrier performance
  • Critically review existing BowTies

Is this course right for me?

This course helps embryonic organisations and those who are high-performing and wish to improve. It suits personnel at all levels who contribute to the safety performance of their organisation including:

  • Safety management personnel who help build, manage or review BowTies
  • Operational staff responsible for risk reduction measures
  • Auditors and assessors who measure organisational risk control performance.


Key areas of focus

  • Identifying where BowTie methodology can be used across the safety management system pillars
  • Defining hazards and threats appropriately
  • Understanding the barrier-based approach to risk management
  • Identifying different barrier types and understanding their vulnerabilities
  • Gathering evidence to monitor barrier effectiveness


While there are no firm pre-requisites for attending this course, a working understanding of Safety Risk Management principles would be desirable.

Course details

Course format: Facilitated discussion of topics presented using PowerPoint. Delegates then participate in the guided building of BowTie through the facilitator using Whiteboard or BowTieXP where appropriate. The practical session reinforces how the methodology is used to convey and manage risk, via safety management assurance activities.The course empowers delegates to meaningfully critique existing BowTies from an informed standpoint.
Course level: Foundation Level Training (F) is suitable for those who are new to the concept of BowTie risk management.
Assessment: No formal course assessment; feedback provided by the facilitator.
Course size: 12 persons maximum virtually, at our Aviation Safety Academy or on-site at your facility.

Frequently asked questions

Will this course help my business performance?

Yes; empowering your personnel to engage with BowTies will help recognize and control the risks which affect safety, output and reputation.

I don’t create Bowties, but I am required to review and interpret them as the responsible owner for the organisational risks and controls. Is this the right course for me?

Yes, this course helps safety, quality and auditing personnel who manage and review existing risk management activities.

I’ve already built and disseminated our BowTies, how will this course help my staff?

Front line personnel are often best placed to recognize hazards, threats and underperformning risk controls which may undermine your ALARP position. This course will help them feed that information into your risk picture and improve safety performance.

Do I need BowTieXP for this course?

No, this course is methodology focused and not anchored to specific software.