Special Cargo Handling Diploma

To receive the diploma candidates must complete

  • 3 Required courses
  • 1 Elective courses


Develop a solid foundation for your cargo career by gaining knowledge and skills to accept and handle special cargo products such as dangerous goods, live animals, perishables and pharmaceuticals.

The regulatory requirements for transporting special cargo by air are complex and detailed. The IATA Diploma in Special Cargo helps you understand the intricacies of these regulations and allows you to safely and efficiently handle special commodities.

Diploma code: DIPL-42

What you will learn

This diploma prepares you to

  • Intensify your study of time and temperature-sensitive cargos and the value-added service they require
  • Make appropriate arrangements and reservations for international air cargo shipments
  • Explore the latest industry trends and types of perishable commodities transported by air
  • Explore the latest industry trends and types of Live Animals transported by air

Key subjects

Preparation of dangerous goods for air transport

  • Classification and identification
  • Packing, marking and labeling
  • Documentation

Acceptance of dangerous goods

  • Storage
  • Loading
  • Emergency procedures

Live animal regulations

  • Containers
  • Country and operator restrictions
  • Documentation

Industry standards and best practices for perishable cargo transport

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Who should attend

  • Cargo agents
  • Cargo operations managers
  • Cargo supervisors
  • Regulatory compliance specialists


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 Required and selected Elective courses 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.

Required courses

Elective courses

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