Assisting Travelers with Special Needs (partner-taught or self-study)



About the course

20-hour partner-taught or self-study course

IATA Assisting Travelers with Special Needs  aviation training course

Special needs travelers represent a promising market for the travel industry. To unlock this business opportunity, travel suppliers and agents must first be able to identify customers who may have special travel needs. Then they must deliver the services that make their journey safe and pleasant. This course provides knowledge and skills in identifying customers who may have special travel needs and require non-emergency special services, support or accommodation from suppliers. Learn important booking procedures and practical advice on how to stay healthy and safe while traveling. Travel agents increase their service value when they request the right support services from cruise, rail, lodging, airline and attraction suppliers on behalf of their special needs travelers.

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Course code: TTTG-98

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Course format

  • This is a self-study course, which will take you approximately 20 hours to complete, depending on your previous knowledge and experience.
  • The course materials are provided in e-book format.
  • You will have 6 months to complete the course and exam (enrollment validity), which starts from the date you purchase the course.
  • Explore engaging, self-customizable interactive features such as audio narration, printable note-taking tool, text highlighting, quick topic searches, interactive knowledge and skill checks, adjustable images and infographics and more.
  • 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

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USD 100 (e-book)
USD 100 (e-book)

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

  • Explain the service needs and business opportunities in the special needs travel market
  • Define support services available to travelers with special needs provided by the different non-air travel business sectors
  • Identify common airline services available to travelers with special needs, including standard codes and reservation procedures
  • Provide advice and assistance to regular passengers traveling abroad and experiencing an emergency health situation

Course content

The key topics that are covered during this course include:

  • Who are special needs travelers and how are they different or similar to regular travelers?
  • Growing your business in the special needs traveler segment
  • Which supplier services and support are available for special needs travelers, what to look for and how to secure them
  • Best practices in handling the emergency needs of your traveling customers

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Travel business staff and owners, including agencies, reservation centers and operators
  • Airport and/or airline passenger services staff
  • Medical support services providers

Certificate awarded

Upon successful completion of the exam/assessment, you will be awarded a Certificate that you can print for your records.

Exam/Assessment information

Please read the IATA Training Unsupervised Online Examination Student User Guide for Partner-taught or Self-study exams.

  • Method: Unsupervised online exam The exam/assessment can be taken at any time at your convenience.
  • Format: 60 multiple-choice questions
  • Time allowance: 2 hours
  • Passing grade: 70% correct answers
  • Distinction Grade: 90% correct answers
  • Number of exam attempts: 2

Important note: The exam/assessment should be accessed after you have completed the course module. Once you have started the assessment you can no longer access the course module.

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