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Airport Ramp Services for the Leadership & Management Training Program

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The aircraft servicing and ground handling basics you need to start a career on the ramp.

Ramp handling services ensure the efficient turnaround of aircraft so that flights stay on schedule. This course offers an introduction to ramp services as well as the ground handling standards and safety requirements you need to know to work safely on the ramp.

Whether you are new to the industry or a recent recruit, this course provides a solid foundation for further professional development in the field of ground operations.

This training program combines IATA's Airport Ramp Services course with Harvard ManageMentor (HMM), a state-of-the-art, media-rich training platform furnished by Harvard Business School faculty, global business leaders and practitioners in the field of leadership development.

Course format: This is a distance-learning program requiring 75 hours of self-study for the IATA course plus additional time for the HMM modules.

What you will learn

This course gives you an understanding of:

  • The ground operations working environment
  • Standard ramp operations terminology
  • The departments of an airport and how they work together
  • Basic safety and security for efficient operations
  • Procedures for key aircraft ground servicing tasks
  • IATA Airport Handling Manual and IATA Ground Operations Manual standards

Key topics

IATA course content

  • Introduction to the airside environment and airport ramp services
  • Aircraft characteristics and turnaround plan
  • Cleaning, catering and other services
  • Ground service equipment
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Airside safety
  • Ramp security awareness
  • Future developments in the sector of ramp services

Full course outline

HMM access

This valuable online reference tool, used by companies around the world, will help you handle day-to-day management issues.

HMM offers the following on-demand features to help you achieve more on the job:

  • Concise lessons and tools for fast and effective learning
  • Videos featuring Harvard University faculty, trusted experts, and next-generation emerging leaders
  • Editor’s Choice articles featuring up-to-the-minute business expertise, selected and updated quarterly by Harvard Business Publishing editors
  • Hundreds of new checklists, self-assessments, worksheets, and handouts to facilitate the application of new ideas to your own work environment
  • Personalized experience: goals, skill development, and action planning to help you quickly apply new skills
  • Post-topic, On-the-Job component where you work on your action plan and receive content, tips, and reminders

HMM module content

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Anyone interested in pursuing a career with an airline or ground service provider
  • Recently recruited airline, airport and ground handling staff

Certificate awarded

You will receive an IATA certificate upon successful completion of the IATA exam.

An HMM certificate of completion is awarded for each module, provided you obtain a passing grade of 70%. You may track your progress within the HMM platform.

Upon successful completion of the 10 required HMM modules and the IATA Airport Ramp Services course, contact us to claim your IATA Leadership and Management Diploma.

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

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