Aviation Safety Officers (ASOs) must meet certain requirements, including some pertaining to training. NPR 7900.3, Aircraft Operations Management Manual lists these requirements as the following:
6.2.9 Aviation Safety Officer qualifications include the following:
The ASO shall hold qualification as a NASA PIC in primary research aircraft type used at the Center. 
b. The ASO, within 1 year of appointment, shall complete a 2-week course in aviation safety program management.  Within 2 years of appointment, the ASO shall have graduated from a recognized Military Aviation/Flight Safety Officer Course, or an Academic Aviation Safety Certificate Program (of at least 6-weeks duration). 
6.2.10 Aviation Safety Officer Recurrent Training requirements include the following:
18.104.22.168 Recurrent Training. Each Center shall establish a continuing education program to ensure that each ASO maintains adequate knowledge to discharge the duties of the office.  To maintain familiarity with the latest aviation safety principles as a NASA ASO, the ASO shall be actively engaged in the Center’s aviation operations program and complete 40 hours of continuing education in ASO course elements within 24 calendar months.  Training for ASOs include the following course elements:
a. Aviation Safety Program management.
b. System safety.
c. Aviation accident investigation.
d. Mishap planning.
e. Human factors.
f. Maintenance safety.
g. Risk management.
h. Aviation law.
i. Crew resource management.
j. Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
k. Aviation medicine/physiology.
ASOs also are encouraged to participate in the Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Excellence Program’s (STEP) Aviation Safety curriculum, especially STEP Level 1.