​​​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.

IATA promotes 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. It is IATA’s belief that CBTA principles provide the necessary safety and efficiency benefits required by the continuous increase in the complexity of the aviation system. The pilot and maintenance personnel training and licensing portfolio provides guidance materials and best practices to implement CBTA.

In the context of the COVID crisis, IATA has been proposing tactical solutions to manage pilot training and licensing requirements when training capacities are limited, and the license revalidation administrative process is disturbed. IATA has also designed a strategic training road map that has been endorsed by ICAO to ensure safe and efficient restart of operations.

COVID-19 Guidance and best practices

Flight crew training

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

  • Identify issues and challenges in today’s fast evolving and highly automated environment
  • Provide globally harmonized training solutions based on best practices

Guidance for pilot selection, training, assessment

The following guidance materias 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

Cross Crew Qualification



Operators' Outreach Initiatives

Air travel is expected to double in the next two decades. A global requirement for 255,000 new airline pilots over the next ten years, for a total of 440,000 pilots by 2027 is forecasted.

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 Task Force:

Engineering & maintenance

Competency-based training (CBT) for engineering and maintenance personnel, working in aircraft and component maintenance organizations, is oriented to establish a workforce being competent to perform a defined set of maintenance tasks to defined standards.

In a traditional educational system, the training is centered on subject contents and the delivery of instruction is time-based and teacher-centered. In a Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) program, the delivery is based on training needs to perform defined tasks, and it is learner centered.

    • The first step in a CBTA program is the analysis of the training needs by identifying the gap between existing competencies and required competencies to fulfill defined tasks to a defined standard (quality and performance standards)
    • The training process requires an entry assessment of the individuals who will participate in the program, and the minimum requirements that have to be met
    • The next step will be the development of the training method needed to fill the competency gaps

To support the development and implementation of a competency-base training program for engineering and maintenance personnel, we developed the following guidance material:

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