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Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and ATFM (Classroom, 4 days)

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Over 4 days of lectures, discussions and exercises, you will learn about the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) process of sharing information to improve airport and airspace capacity and efficiency, with a focus on Airport-CDM (A-CDM), which applies the techniques of CDM to airports.

CDM has evolved to improve Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) and the overall performance of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. The Global Air Traffic Management (ATM) Operational Concept (ICAO Doc 9854) imposes a more holistic, cooperative, collaborative decision-making approach to managing air traffic flows. It is supported by system-wide information sharing, provision of early intent data, management by trajectory, CDM and automated support requiring machine readable, unambiguous information.

You will also discover how A-CDM enables airports, ground handlers, airline operators and air traffic controllers to reduce delays at airports and in terminal airspace by optimizing resources and improving the predictability of events. It focuses on aircraft turnaround and pre-departure sequencing.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 4 days (32 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Management
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Oct 16 - Oct 19, 2017 - Singapore, Singapore (IATA)
3 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand CDM and A-CDM key concepts
  • Apply the data sharing, automation and decision-support tools used in CDM
  • Reduce ground and airborne delays and improve apron, stand and ground handling
  • Use group exercises and animations to demonstrate how A-CDM works in practice

Course content

  • Operational concepts in CDM and A-CDM
  • CDM functional requirements and specifications
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Key performance indicators (KPI)
  • Service Level Agreements between stakeholders
  • Implementation risks
  • Generic procedures
  • Implementing CDM at airports and CDM in management practices

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Airport operations and technical managers
  • Airline operations managers, apron managers and technical staff
  • Air traffic control officers (ATCO) and managers
  • Ground handling managers and supervisors
  • Certificate awarded

    An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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

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    Further training
    Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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