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

About the course

IATA's Live Animals Regulations course will teach you how to transport live animals by air safely, in the correct container and with the correct documentation. Learn about container requirements, documentation requirements, and awareness of animals’ health. Learn how to comply with standards and international welfare regulations. The successful application of the IATA Live Animals Regulations for the transport of live animals by air and the achievement of the provisions of international legislation regarding animal welfare during transport are greatly dependent on how well personnel are trained.

An introductory/awareness level training for Passenger Handling Personnel and Cargo Handling Personnel is available in e-learning.

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Course Code: TCGP-51

Course format

  • This course is available in e-book and printed format.
  • This course requires approximately 4-6 hours of study to be completed in 12 months from the purchase date (enrollment validity). After the enrollment validity expires, the users will not be able to take the exam.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination. Please refer to the Exam Information below for more details.

Enrol at an Authorized Training Center to study these materials with the help of a local trainer, or alternatively you can choose to study these materials on your own.


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

Registration information

  • Please refer to our shipping fees and applicable taxes.
  • When you click to purchase the course, you will be directed to login to your Training Account through our Customer Portal. If you have previously taken a course with IATA, please have your login details ready, if not, you will be prompted to create an account.

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USD 355 (e-book) / USD 355 (printed)
USD 355 (e-book) / USD 355 (printed)

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • Satisfy compliance standards and master the use of IATA's Live Animals Regulations manual
  • Protect the safety and welfare of animals on the ground and in the air
  • Review special routings and animal behaviors
  • Identify and implement procedures to handle emergency situations
  • Understand the container design principles for live animals

Course content

  • Proper use of IATA's Live Animals Regulations manual
  • Completion of the Shipper's Certification for Live Animals, the Notification to Captain (NOTOC) and CITES documentation
  • Shippers and airlines responsibilities
  • Classification and identification of live animals
  • Packaging, documentation and marking requirements for live animal shipments

Supporting materials

Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the latest IATA Live Animals Regulations manual as part of the study kit. This will be provided in e-book format if you have purchased the e-book edition of the course. It is an indispensable field publication that you will refer to throughout this course and in your day-to-day duties.

Please note that the Live Animals Regulations 48th edition (2022) is only included with purchases made after 17 December 2021. Purchases before this date will include a copy of the Live Animals Regulations 47th edition (2021).

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Cargo agents
  • Freight forwarders
  • Airlines and cargo training specialists
  • Cargo operations managers and frontline supervisors

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate is awarded to participants successfully passing the final exam.

Please note: As per LAR 1.4, this Certificate is only valid for 36 months

Exam information

Please read the General Information on Partner-taught / Self-study exams.

  • Method: Unsupervised online exam. The exam can be taken any time at your convenience.
  • Format: 60 multiple-choice questions. Closed course book.
  • Time Allowance: 3 hours
  • Passing Grade: 80% correct answers
  • Number of exam attempts: 2

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

Air Cargo Diploma (self-study)

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. You will learn about the key stakeholders in the air cargo supply chain, how they operate, and the skill sets you need to stand out as a desirable candidate.

  • English
  • 中文

Special Cargo Handling Diploma (Self-study)

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 and pharmaceuticals

  • English

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