Instructional Techniques for DGR - Categories 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (classroom)

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About the course

5-day (40 hours) classroom course

This course will teach you how to design and deliver dangerous goods training by incorporating active learning to overcome technical challenges of the subject. Learn the techniques and strategies to plan a comprehensive dangerous goods training program, use sequence learning activities to ensure an effective mix and flow, and conclude a training session with an emphasis on applying the learning back on the job. During the course you will practice a variety of core techniques and strategies to lead adult learning, instructional design and facilitation techniques.

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

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Course code: TCGH-02

IATA Dangerous Goods training is evolving from traditional learning to competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) as agreed by ICAO. As a result, courses for trainers/instructors will also go through this transition process to meet the new CBTA requirements and guidance.

We have already begun the move to this skills-based approach and therefore you might choose to register instead for the new corresponding courses: Competency-Based Training for Dangerous Goods Instructional Designer or Competency-Based Training for Dangerous Goods Instructor.

Find out more about the CBTA approach well-defined functions, current courses and previous corresponding categories

Categories 4 & 7 will correspond to CBTA DGR Reference H.6.2 | Processing or Accepting Goods Presented as General Cargo
Categories 5 & 8 will correspond to CBTA DGR Reference H.6.4 | Handling/loading/unloading Cargo at Warehouse/aircraft
Category 9 will correspond to CBTA DGR Reference H.6.5 | Accepting Passenger and Crew Baggage and Direct Passenger Contact at an Airport
Category 10 will correspond to CBTA DGR Reference H.6.6, H.6.7, H.6.8 | Planning of Aircraft Loading & Flight Crew & Flight Operations Officers and Flight Dispatchers
Category 11 will correspond to CBTA DGR Reference H.6.9 | Cabin Crew
Category 12 will correspond to CBTA DGR Reference H.6.10 | Screening of Passengers and Crew and their Baggage, Cargo and Mail

The 63rd edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations includes the provisions on competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) as agreed by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in DGP/27 (September 2019). There is a two-year transition period and therefore, the training provisions from the 61st edition may continue to be used until 31 December 2022.

Please note that this course will be retired by 30 September 2022.

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 which will involve 2 examinations - DGR and Instructional Techniques.


  • Participants must hold a valid DGR certificate for categories 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 and have at least 5 years working experience in hazardous materials and safety, or cargo operations.
  • Recommended level is Intermediate and Advanced.
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or the equivalent level for other languages.

Note: A mandatory Dangerous Goods Regulations exam for categories 4,5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 will be given to assess technical competence.

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 completing this course you will be able to:

  • Apply adult learning principles
  • Write training objectives and formulate test questions for a target group
  • Develop DGR training program using instructional design techniques
  • Develop, implement and execute an effective instructional plan
  • Apply effective facilitation techniques
  • Develop DGR training program using instructional design techniques
  • Prepare visual aids required for the training unit
  • Facilitate learning

Course content

  • Adult learning theory and learner differences
  • Instructional design
  • Facilitation techniques
  • Media and visual aids
  • Classroom management

Please come prepared with the following materials:

  • Calculator: This course involves calculation exercises, please bring a calculator.
  • Laptop: You will create a teaching portfolio as a class project, please bring your laptop.

Supporting Materials

  • A complementary copy of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual and Dangerous Goods Regulations Training Workbooks 2, 3, 4, & 5 will be provided with the course material.

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Dangerous Goods instructors for categories 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 as per Table 1.5.A of the IATA DGR
  • Airline training specialists and managers
  • Instructional designers

Training specialists for categories 1, 2, 3 and 6 should consider the Professional Skills for DGR Instructors.

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 80% 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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