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  • Cargo
22 November 2021

IATA Certifies SAAA@Singapore as CBTA Excellence Centre

IATA has accredited SAAA@Singapore as a Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) Excellence Center for the provision of dangerous goods training. SAAA@Singapore is the first center in the world to receive this level of certification.

With the CBTA Excellence accreditation, SAAA@Singapore is able to provide training, development and implementation solutions for competency-based training and assessment in the transport of dangerous goods by air.

"We are proud to be the first in the world to receive the CBTA Excellence accreditation. There are many dangerous items flowing in the industry, and it is critical to protect and secure the safety of the crew and aircraft. Dangerous goods training is essential. We have enhanced our training programs to ensure that the industry is well trained in line with international standards," said Steven Lee, Chairman of SAAA@Singapore.

“We congratulate SAAA@Singapore on being the first globally to achieve the CBTA Excellence certification. It is critical that we continue to maintain a reliable network of dangerous goods training providers to ensure an appropriate skilled workforce to handle dangerous goods correctly and safely. We have slightly more than a year before the CBTA requirement takes effect on 1 January 2023. We encourage stakeholders to transition their training approach to ensure that aviation is prepared to meet the future demands,” said Yaniv Sorany, IATA’s Senior Manager for Certifications.

In 2019, the ICAO Dangerous Good Panel agreed to transition dangerous goods training to a competency based training and assessment approach by 1 January 2023. IATA’s CBTA Centers Certification Program was introduced to support the industry’s efforts to develop capacity and resources to comply with the training provisions for dangerous goods under a competency-based training and assessment approach.

The presentation of the CBTA Excellence Certification to SAAA@Singapore took place on 12 November 2021 at the Air Cargo Day in Singapore, a joint event hosted by IATA and SAAA@Singapore. The hybrid event was attended by 180 participants, including Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport. The participants of Air Cargo Day received updates on the latest air cargo innovations and initiatives. There were also discussions on the safety, efficiency, sustainability of the air cargo sector.

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