Environmental Sustainability Practitioner Diploma

About the diploma

6 courses to be completed in 9 months

IATA Environmental Sustainability Practitioner Diploma aviation training course

This diploma program helps strengthen your knowledge of environmental sustainability by allowing you to work on various business cases and receive guidance and feedback from our selected instructors. You will learn through a hands-on course how to design a sustainability strategy, explore more about environmental management systems and gain a good understanding of how carbon markets work, all of which are key elements in reducing a company’s environmental impact. The elective courses offer you the possibility to discover other important elements ranging from sustainability communication strategies to aircraft decommissioning and sustainable alternative fuels. Whatever you choose will complement the courses previously taken and the diploma will equip you with the skills to help your company implement better policies, create business cases that support your company’s environmental sustainability strategy, facilitate teamwork across the company on sustainability matters.

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Course code: DIPL-124

What you will learn

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:
  • Develop robust plans to address the most significant environmental aspects facing the aviation industry
  • Analyze various measures your company can implement on its way to environmental sustainability
  • Identify new risks, potential significant impacts and existing environmental initiatives and their integration into an environmental management system (EMS)
  • Create a roadmap

Key Topics

The key topics that are covered in this diploma include:
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Materiality matrix
  • Environmental Management System - criteria and benefits
  • IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) requirements and ISO14001:2015 in an aviation context
  • Carbon markets and carbon offsets
  • Social and economic sustainability


Participants should have between 3 to 5 years of working experience in sustainability or environmental issues or have successfully completed the IATA Environmental Sustainability Champion Diploma.

Recommended level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Who should attend

  • Environmental managers
  • Sustainability managers
  • Aviation professionals with a stake in environmental sustainability


A passing mark of 70% 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 the required courses and your choice of elective courses within 9 months.
  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

  • 5 Required courses
  • 1 Elective courses

Required courses

Carbon Markets and Aviation (classroom)

A brief history of airlines’ and IATA’s action to address climate, as well as the evolution of CORSIA (Carbon Offset and Reductions Scheme for International Aviation) at ICAO.

  • English

CORSIA Fundamentals (e-learning)

Learn more about the different industry initiatives to tackle climate change and how CORSIA fits in with these initiatives

  • English

Design a Sustainability Strategy - Intermediate (classroom)

This course focuses on designing a sustainability strategy for your company by providing an overview of how you design a sustainability strategy but with more in-depth information on some elements.

  • English

Environmental Management Systems (classroom)

Learn how to design and develop an aviation-specific management system that drives environmental performance

  • English

Human Trafficking Awareness (e-learning)

Learn the most recent techniques on how to spot and how to manage human trafficking situations

  • English

Elective courses

Aircraft Decommissioning: Regulations, Economics and Sustainability (Classroom, 2 days)

Business processes, operational experiences and best practices to optimize the residual value from aircraft decommissioning

  • English

CORSIA - Technical Aviation Knowledge for Verifiers (classroom)

Learn the aviation-specific knowledge that you will need to become an accredited verifier for ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

  • English

Implementing Voluntary Passenger Carbon Offset Programs (classroom)

Understand how to successfully implement and run a passenger offset program, to improve passenger acceptance, and to increase uptake rates by applying best practices for carbon offsetting.

  • English

Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Requirements Under CORSIA (classroom)

An excellent overview of fuel monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements under CORSIA

  • English

Sustainability Communication Strategies (classroom)

Learn about the different stages of building a successful sustainability communications strategy for passengers, co-workers or other stakeholders of an airline.

  • English

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) - building a long-term sustainable aviation industry (classroom)

Learn the fundamentals of carbon markets and sustainable alternative fuels (SAF) and their essential roles in the future of aviation.

  • English

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