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IATA Training Courses


The UK Civil Aviation Authority requires that staff responsible for the shipment and packing of consignments of dangerous goods for air transport be successfully trained at a course approved by them.

The training required for various types of personnel is detailed in IATA (DGR) section 1.5. Recurrent training must be taken every 24 months to ensure that knowledge is current.

These approved Courses give initial and refresher training to such staff, to verify that a dangerous goods shipment has been properly prepared in accordance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations.

The courses are divided into sections dealing with the chapters of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Each section is followed by an exercise.

These courses cover the sections that must be understood and complied with by shippers, packers and agency staff, i.e.: Sections 1 through 8. However, in order to improve practical performance, the course also covers cargo acceptance from Section 9, so that shippers, packers and agency staff will understand the checks that operators will run over their consignments before they are accepted for air transport. It should be noted that the courses do not cover radioactive material.

Course Content

The initial course takes three days, and the refresher takes two days. They both cover the main components of the IATA Regulations and by the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Understand and apply the IATA Regulations
  • Understand your responsibilities
  • Classify dangerous goods according to the type of hazard and degree of danger
  • Identify Proper Shipping Names
  • Identify dangerous goods which are forbidden for air transport
  • Understand and apply the information contained in the list of dangerous goods
  • Correctly pack dangerous goods in the appropriate packagings
  • Mark and label packages
  • Document shipments
  • Accept or reject a shipment based on the above

The study involves a thorough understanding of the nature of dangerous goods generally, and how they are classified, and identified under the United Nations system. Then how the packaging is chosen for the particular material, using UN specification packaging in almost every case, and how the packages are marked and labelled. Finally, how the consignment must be accompanied by a Shippers Declaration, which describes the dangerous goods and certifies that they have been prepared in accordance with the IATA Regulations.

The study is based mostly on the text of the Regulations themselves. Each student must therefore have a copy of the current Regulations to work from, these are re-issued annually, and students can either bring their own copy to the course, or purchase a copy from Chemfreight at cost.

There are comprehensive written exercises at the end of each section. However, the course is intensive, and students must be prepared to undertake additional revision work overnight.

In addition, students receive a folder covering the key point of the IATA Regulations for ease of navigation.

At the end of the course there is a three-hour CAA exam that you must pass in order to obtain your certificate. Candidates must achieve at least 80% in order to pass. Examination results will be relayed to students within 24 hours from the end of the Courses.

Please note lunch and beverages are provided

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