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



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About the course

4-6 -hour partner-taught or self-study course

IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) course aviation training 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 eLearning.

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Course Code: TCGP-51

Course format

  • This is a self-study course, which will take you approximately 4-6 hours to complete, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.
  • The course materials are provided in e-book or printed format. Please choose the format when you register.
  • You will have 12 months to complete the course and exam (enrollment validity), which starts from the date you purchase the course.
  • Performance will be based on an examination. Please refer to the Exam Information below for more details.

Recommended level

The recommended level for this course is Entry-level and Intermediate.

Study with the help of an Instructor

If you would prefer to study this course with the help of a local trainer, enrol at an IATA Authorized Training Center near you.

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 300 (e-book) / USD 325 (printed)
USD 355 (e-book) / USD 380 (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

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • 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.

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 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

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