World Leader in Amusement Industry Safety Education Unveils New Academy of Amusement Risk Management, Safety & Security (AARMSS)

Academy of Amusement Risk Management, Safety & Security

In response to a recognized need in the amusement industry for specific and in-depth safety education and certification, AIMS International has created the Academy of Amusement Risk Management, Safety and Security (AARMSS). This structured certification program is designed to develop the safety, security and risk managers of tomorrow.

Based on the following foundational pillars: Safety, Security, Emergency Management and Risk Management, the AARMSS curriculum is specifically designed to educate and equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage an amusement industry safety, security, and risk management program.

AARMS courses are unique to the Academy and cannot be found anywhere else in the AIMS International educational network nor at any other amusement industry educational seminar. The courses will be taught by subject matter experts from both within the industry as well as professionals from outside agencies which specialize in the course topics.

“Risk Management and Loss Control are key to the success of any business and the skills necessary for optimal performance should be fundamental in all mangers’ growth for a specific industry,” said MJ Brewer, AIMS Executive Director.

Safety and Security are the primary focus of year one with the second-year agenda dedicated to Emergency and Risk Management. Limited to 25 per cohort, students are required to complete all program requirements within a three-year window. In addition to the program curriculum, successful completion of an OSHA 10 class is required prior to the first year with solo work and independent study by the students required between the first and second year, reinforcing the program pillars.

This additional work includes, but is not limited to, select FEMA Emergency Management Institute courses and Academy webinar classes.

The curriculum for the program is based upon the four pillars of study listed below.

  1. Safety (year one)
  2. Security (year one)
  3. Emergency Management (year two)
  4. Risk Management (year two)

As part of the selection process, candidates must complete an application, show proof of their eligibility (see below) and participate in an admissions interview conducted by ARMSS faculty.

Applications must be submitted at least 3 months in advance of the seminar start date.

Successful program candidates will be awarded one of two certificates; Certified Amusement Safety & Security Associate (CASSA) or Certified Amusement Safety and & Security Professional (CASSP) based on the program requirements below.

Certified Amusement Safety and Security Associate (CASSA)

  • Proof of at least 36 months of employment in the amusement industry in a safety related role OR 36 months of experience in a safety-related role in another industry plus at least 6 months of employment in the amusement industry 
  • 8.0 CEUs (80 hours) from an approved continuing education provider earned during the two-year program period
  • Proof of a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Submission of a resume
  • Admission Review/Letters of Recommendation/Questionnaire
  • Pre-requisite before year one:  OSHA 10 Course Completion (will be offered at AIMS)

Certified Amusement Safety and Security Professional (CASSP)
To qualify for the Certified Amusement Safety and Security Professional certification, the candidate must complete the certification requirements listed below. Completion of the program is required within 3 years. Faculty advisor assigned to each student.

  • Pre-requisite: CASSA Certification
  • Ten years of experience in a safety role (with at least 5 years in the amusement industry)
  • 4.0 CEUs (40 hours) from an approved continuing education provider earned during the one-year program period
  • Co-teach 4 hours (one course in each of the 4 pillars) at the in-person Safety Seminar
  • Completion of a project or dissertation (to be approved by AARMSS faculty)
  • Interview with AARMSS faculty 
  • Pass the CASSP exam

Year One Courses (Safety and Security):

SAFETY SECURITY
OSHA Overview - part 1 Developing an Effective Security Program - Standard Operating Procedures
OSHA Overview - part 2 Venue Security Best Practices part 1
NFPA Life Safety 101 Basics - part 1 Venue Security Best Practices part 2
NFPA Life Safety 101 Basics - part 2 Secure Design - Perimeter Hardening part 1
Developing a safety culture - part 1 Secure Design - Perimeter Hardening part 2
Developing a safety culture - part 2 Introduction to SAFETY Act
Understanding ASTM Modern Day Security Risks
Food and Beverage Safety Case Study: Attack on the Ariana Grande Concert (Manchester, U.K.)
Extreme Operational Excellence Patron/Employee Physical Screening Best Practices
AHJ and Governmental requirements Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Introduction to Walkway Safety Security from an Insurance Perspective

Year One Faculty (Safety and Security):
Rich Powers – American Specialty Insurance
Jeff Abendshien – Recreation Engineering Inc.
Kevin Garrison – Recreation Engineering Inc.
Patrick Hoffman – The Hoffman Group
Jason Freeman – Six Flags Corporation
Franceen Gonzales – WhiteWater West
Randy Wilke – Six Flags Corporation
Brent Johnson - Traction Auditing
Ken Berryhill – Cedar Fair Corporation
Akmal Ali – Aluma
Matt Nebel - Walter P. Moore Company
Pete Dalton - PAD Command Consultancy
Nick Buffa – Orange County Fairgrounds