Self-study courses

Self-study courses enable you to focus on what matters most to you in your own time. The courses on offer are specifically designed to facilitate entry to the industry in a number of sectors. They are nevertheless comprehensive, requiring 30-45 hours of study for most courses, and put individuals at the forefront of their chosen career. Some courses can be longer in terms of suggested study hours. 

Course material is available in either printed or e-book format, and all self-study examinations can now be taken online with remote supervision. Each successful candidate will earn an IATA certificate or diploma.  

These courses require the student to study either with the help of an Instructor at an IATA Partner or on their own with a printed course book, e-book or through e-learning. Students can sit their exams online with remote supervision from anywhere with a good internet connection.

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. See all self-study courses below.

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.

Self-study exams

Examinations are completed online and will either be supervised (OERS exam) 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 course book 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. Do you have a Question? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


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Found 135 courses and diplomas

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.

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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.

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Social Media Strategy for the Travel Industry (e-learning)

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

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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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State Safety Program (SSP) Fundamentals (e-learning)

Foundational knowledge of concepts related to a State Safety Program (SSP), including the core components of an SSP

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System Wide Information Management Fundamentals (e-learning)

Foundational knowledge of the ICAO concept of System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and its associated applications

  • English
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Transport of Pharma Products and Vaccines by Air (e-learning)

Learn about product and transport process temperature ranges, packaging technologies, key risk factors and critical control points in pharma handling process.

  • English
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Travel Agency Fees: A Professional Approach (e-learning)

Learn best practices in implementing or setting of agency fees, the types of fees collected by travel agencies, and best to communicate them.

  • English
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Travel and Tourism Consultant

Study popular tourism destinations and improve your sales skills to successfully advise your clients on the best travel options.

  • English
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Travel and Tourism Consultant Diploma

Study popular tourism destinations and improve your sales skills to successfully advise your clients on the best travel options.

  • English
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Travel and Tourism Consultant for the Leadership & Management Diploma

Study popular tourism destinations and improve your sales skills to successfully advise your clients on the best travel options

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Travel Document and Entry Requirement Checks (e-learning)

Learn the skills and tools used to identify forged documents and potentially disruptive passengers

  • English
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Travel Sales and Operations Diploma

Demonstrate that you have gained complete essential competencies to be a successful travel agent or travel agency manager with the IATA Travel Sales and Operations Diploma. Promote yourself as a holder of the highest level travel and tourism diploma to employers, customers, and travel industry suppliers.

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