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Cargo Introductory Course

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With over 52 million tons of cargo shipped annually, the air cargo industry is the place to be. Prepare yourself to work in the industry with this comprehensive course. You will learn about basic IATA cargo rules and procedures, how freight forwarders and airline cargo units operate, plus much more.

This course is mandated for IATA Cargo Agents in accordance with the IATA Cargo Agency Resolutions.

Course format: This is a distance learning course, available in printed or electronic format.

  • This course requires approximately 160 - 200 hours of study, to be completed in 18 months.
  • All candidates will be given 2 attempts to successfully complete the final exam.
  • To successfully pass the exam, the student must achieve a grade of 60% or higher.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

  • Guide clients on the IATA rules and procedures for air freight shipments
  • Arrange air cargo shipments in accordance with IATA rules and procedures
  • Apply published rates and charges for air cargo shipments
  • Complete air waybills accurately
  • Prepare shipments ready for carriage

Key topics

  • Operations at cargo agencies, airlines, and freight forwarders
  • Air cargo acceptance basic rating principles
  • Air waybill completion
  • Industry terminology and abbreviations
  • IATA geography, TACT, OAG, and other cargo manuals

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Newcomers to the industry
  • Cargo agent and air freight forwarder sales and marketing staff
  • Airline and manufacturer sales, reservations, and acceptance staff
  • Junior-level managers at cargo agents, airlines, and manufacturers

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the final examination.

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

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Exam information

  • Exam Delivery Method: Supervised exam in IATA Exam location. Physical Attendance is required. Depending on exam venue availability online exams are available.
  • Exam Format: Multiple Choice questions. Closed Text Book, the TACT and OAG training editions are required during the exam
  • Number of questions: 100
  • Time Allowance: 3 hours
  • Passing Grade: 60 correct answers
  • Distinction Grade: 90 correct answers
  • Course edition applicable for the Exam: Please refer to this page

Important notice:

  • Please print OAG and TACT training edition.
  • This print out will only be allowed at the exam day if there are no remarks or additional prints included in the print out.

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