Air Cargo Diploma (self-study)



About the diploma

This diploma will give you a well-rounded introduction to today’s complex air cargo industry, helping you get a head start in your career at an airline, freight forwarder or ground handling company.

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Diploma code: DIPL-44

What you will learn

By earning this diploma you will be able to:

  • Apply the cargo rating principles
  • Apply the processes involved in shipping dangerous goods
  • Identify the needs of the shipper and the consignee
  • Develop an efficient and reliable transportation service that can be sold at an attractive price
  • Market cargo services to business partners and clients

Key topics include:

  • Cargo agency, airline operator, and freight forwarder operations
  • Cargo rating principles and currency regulations: conversion rates, rounding off procedures and construction rates
  • Combination of mixed consignments, rates and charges, declaration of the goods and Air Waybill completion
  • Dangerous goods classification, packing, marking, labelling, and documentation requirements
  • IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for cargo agents and freight forwarders

Who should attend

  • Newcomers to the air cargo and freight forwarding industry
  • Cargo agent and air freight forwarder sales and marketing staff
  • Airline and manufacturer reservations and acceptance staff
  • Cargo agent, freight forwarder and airline junior management


Candidates must complete 3 Required courses and 1 Elective course within three years.

A passing mark of 60% is required on all assignments and exams. A special distinction is awarded to candidates who obtain a distinction in all, or all but one, of all course exams and assignments that make up this Diploma.

How to obtain your diploma

  1. Complete all 3 Required and 1 selected Elective course that make up the Diploma, within 3 years.
  2. Please contact us on our Customer Portal to request your diploma, stating the title of the diploma you are applying for and the list of courses you completed for that diploma.
  3. IATA Training will issue your diploma upon verification of your eligibility.

To receive the diploma candidates must complete

  • 3 Required courses
  • 1 Elective courses

Required courses

Elective courses

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