Self-study courses

​Self-study courses deliver comprehensive instruction to busy aviation and travel industry professionals.

Our training solutions are interactive, learner-friendly, and available in a variety of convenient formats.

These courses require the student to study either with an IATA Partner or on their own with a printed textbook, e-textbook or through e-learning. Students can choose to sit their exams online with remote supervision or go to a physical location to take an examination in a supervised environment.

Self-study

Manage your learning to fit your schedule and study at your own pace. With IATA's e-learning courses, get the complete learning experience from your computer. Learn from fun, interactive materials and write your exam online. Alternatively, choose to study using a textbook or e-textbook with the option to write your exam online with remote supervision or at one of IATA's 50+ examination locations worldwide. See all self-study courses below.

IATA has made it easier, and more fun to learn, by offering you the chance to study your self-study courses using an Apple iPad™. Find out more.

Partner-taught

Get help studying your self-study course at an Authorized Training Center or Accredited Training School. We have hundreds of partner locations around the globe. Find a location near you.

We have partnered up with Harvard Business Publishing to offer you the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) program to provide you with specialized aviation training with an emphasis on leadership & management.

Partner-taught and Self-study exams

Examinations are either paper-based or completed online depending on the course and the location. If your course has an online exam, it will either be supervised or unsupervised. You can find this information on each course web page.

Please read the general information on Partner-taught / Self-study exams.

Useful exam information:

Please add the applicable shipping fees to your payment for any printed textbook purchase, and don't forget to visit our Taxation page to determine the tax requirements for your company and in your country.

Shipping Fees (Door-to-Door Courier Delivery Service)  
Destination Single kit delivery fee (USD)
Canada/USA $33
All Countries except Canada/USA $46

Please follow the IATA Self-study Enrollment Guide (pdf) to enrol in a course.

Please Note: If you have taken a course with IATA, please do not create a new account – simply sign in with your existing account. If you have forgotten your username/password click on the ‘Forgot your username or password?’ link to reset your login credentials. 


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Found 129 courses and diplomas

Live Animals for Passenger Handling Personnel - eLearning

Learn how to comply with standards and international welfare regulations when shipping or accepting live animals for air transportation

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Live Animals Regulations (LAR) Course

Use IATA's Live Animals Regulations manual to ship live animals safely and to comply with industry standards.

  • English
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Managing the Travel Business

Improve your skills to supervise and manage a team, to initiate change and make business decisions based on sound negotiating strategies

  • English
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Managing the Travel Business Diploma

Learn more about management roles and responsibilities in the travel industry, how to motivate and inspire employees, improve your negotiation skills and understand how to provide special interest travel and tour production

  • English
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Managing the Travel Business for the Leadership & Management Diploma

Improve your skills to supervise and manage a team, to initiate change and make business decisions based on sound negotiating strategies

  • English
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Marketing Essentials for Aviation Professionals - eLearning

Learn how to apply and understand the principles of marketing essentials specifically designed for the aviation industry.

  • English
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Overview of the Air Transportation System - eLearning

An overview of the air transportation system, illustrating the interdependence among its components: airlines, airports, civil aviation authorities and air navigation services

  • English
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Passenger Agent Essentials Bundle (Digital Edition) - English

The combination of topics offered in these courses provides a detailed introduction to the role of passenger services agent with a focus on procedures and customer service.

  • English
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Passenger Experience Excellence Diploma

Designed to cover passenger experience and digital transformation trends to provide your passengers with a seamless, secure and efficient travel journey that is highly personalized.

  • English
  • 中文
  • Español
  • Diploma

Passenger Ground Services Course

Obtain the skills you need to provide assistance and related passenger services at the check-in, gate and concourse of your airport.

  • English
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Passenger Ground Services for the Leadership & Management Training Program

Obtain the skills you need to provide assistance and related passenger services at the check-in, gate and concourse of your airport.

  • English
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Passenger Ground Services with Amadeus Altéa DCS

Obtain the skills you need to provide assistance and related passenger services at the check-in, gate and concourse of your airport.

  • English
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Project Management: From Principles to Practice - eLearning

Prepare yourself for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exams.

  • English
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Quality Management Systems (QMS) Fundamentals - eLearning

This course will provide you with the fundamental knowledge needed to work with Quality Management Systems (QMS).

  • English
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Ramp Handling Essentials Bundle (Digital Edition) - English

The combination of topics offers a 360 degree knowledge of airside activities with a focus on Safety, Emergency response, Marshalling and Aircraft Turnaround operations.

  • English
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Safety Management Systems Fundamentals - eLearning

This course will help participants and organizations understand the function, role and importance of developing and implementing a Safety Management System (SMS).

  • English
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Security Management System - SeMS Competency Test

The SeMS Competency Test is an industry benchmark of Security Management System (SeMS) knowledge.

  • English
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Selling and Managing Airline Reservations and Travel in Galileo (SMART Galileo)

The Galileo SMART course will prepare you for a successful career as a global travel professional working in a dynamic and exciting industry.

  • English
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Selling and Managing Airline Reservations and Travel in Sabre (SMART Sabre)

The Sabre SMART course will prepare you for a successful career as a global travel professional working in a dynamic and exciting industry.

  • English
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Selling and Managing Airline Reservations and Travel in Amadeus (SMART Amadeus)

The Amadeus SMART course will prepare you for a successful career as a global travel professional working in a dynamic and exciting industry.

  • English
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Selling International Rail Transportation

This course provides knowledge of global passenger rail products and teaches skills in arranging international rail journeys.

  • English
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Serving the Travel Customer

Gain essential strategies to ensure that the customer’s level of satisfaction will influence a purchase or repurchase decision.

  • English
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Social Media Strategy for the Travel Industry - eLearning

Learn how to define your marketing goals and target audience, create engaging content, determine your social media marketing budget and promote your travel business.

  • English
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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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