Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) (Classroom, 4 days)



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About the course

5-day (40 hours) classroom course

IATA Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) aviation training course

Over 5 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. You will also discover how airline operators and air traffic controllers reduce delays at airports and in terminal airspace by optimizing resources and improving the predictability of events. 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. This collaborative approach is supported by system-wide information sharing, provision of early intent data, management by trajectory, CDM and automated support requiring machine readable, unambiguous information. CDM has evolved to improve Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) and the overall performance of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system, not only in a single country, but across borders as demonstrated in the Asia Pacific region.

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Course Code: TCVT-08

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 5 days (40 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


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

How to register

To arrange in-house training for your company: Complete the in-house training request form or contact the salesperson in your region.

There are no scheduled classes at the moment

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

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Operational concepts in CDM
  • CDM functional requirements and specifications especially ICAO documents
  • Roles and responsibilities and key performance indicators (KPI)
  • Service Level Agreements between stakeholders
  • Implementation risks
  • Generic procedures
  • Implementing CDM at airports and across borders
  • CDM in management practices

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.

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