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

Cargo Supply Chain and Transport Modes course (partner-taught or self-study)

Improve your knowledge regarding supply chain management, logistics and different modes of transport.

Air Cargo Advanced Marketing course (partner-taught or self-study)

This course uses our expertise to provide knowledge on cargo rating principles and Air Waybill completion, as well as basic marketing procedures.

  • English

Cargo Introductory course (partner-taught or self-study)

Learn about basic IATA cargo rules and procedures, how freight forwarders and airline cargo units operate, plus much more.

  • English

Elective courses

Cargo Security Awareness (partner-taught or self-study)

Build your awareness in air cargo security regulations and the basic principles of security enforcement in the cargo environment.

  • English

Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) Initial Category 3 with DGR Manual (partner-taught or self-study)

This course fulfills ICAO and IATA training requirements and qualifies you to handle and process dangerous goods for carriage of by air for a 24-month period.

  • English

Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) Recurrent Category 3 with DGR Manual (partner-taught or self-study)

Completing this course fulfills ICAO and IATA training requirements and extends your qualification to handle and process dangerous goods for an additional 24 months.

  • English

Live Animals Regulations (LAR) course (partner-taught or self-study)

Use IATA's Live Animals Regulations manual to ship live animals safely and to comply with industry standards.

  • English

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