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​​​Commercial aviation is the safest mode of public transport. Advances in the design and reliability of modern aircraft, together with investment in pilot training and maintenance technicians training, have contributed to this impressive achievement. Continuous enhancement and harmonization of training standards and programs are essential to maintain this safety record.

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As a leader of the CBTA principles development, IATA strongly encourages States and the industry to implement the Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) approach for all aviation personnel, throughout their entire career path, from selection, initial licensing training, recurrent and upgrade training.

In the context of the continuous increase in the complexity of the aviation system, it is IATA’s belief that CBTA supports the enhancement of operational safety and training efficiency. The pilot and maintenance personnel training and licensing portfolio provides guidance materials and best practices for an effective CBTA implementation in compliance with ICAO provisions.

Flight crew training

We rely on the operational training expertise of the IATA Pilot Training and Licensing Task Force - PTLTF (pdf) to:

  • Provide solutions to the challenges related to pilot attraction and selection, licensing, and operator training
  • Support globally harmonized CBTA implementation by providing guidance and best practices

Guidance for pilot selection, training, assessment

The following guidance materials have been developed with the support of the PTLTF:

Pilot Training & Licensing

Competency-Based Training and Assessment Expansion

Evidence-Based Training (EBT)

Multi-Crew Pilot License Training

Distance Learning

Cross Crew Qualification



Operators' Outreach Initiatives

Many operators are already experiencing a shortage of a qualified workforce. To secure the future pilot pipeline, operators around the world have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, innovative strategies to attract the younger generations and to facilitate the pathway to a career as a pilot.

Here are some best practices implemented by the members of the IATA Pilot Training and Licensing Task Force:

Engineering & maintenance

Competency-based training (CBT) for engineering and maintenance personnel engaged in aircraft and component maintenance activity is focused on building and supporting the workforce competent to perform, in the aviation specific ecosystem conditions, a defined set of maintenance tasks to defined standards.

In a traditional educational system, the training is strictly centered on subject matter content with delivery and assessment being instruction time-based and teacher-centered. In a Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) program, the delivery is based on the learners’ training needs to perform defined categories of tasks, and it is student-centered.

To support the development and implementation of a CBTA program for engineering and maintenance personnel, IATA developed the following guidance material:

Download the EBT Implementation Guide, 2nd Edition