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The aircraft servicing and ground handling basics you need to start a career on the ramp.

Ramp handling services ensure the efficient turnaround of aircraft so that flights stay on schedule. This course offers an introduction to ramp services as well as the ground handling standards and safety requirements you need to know to work safely on the ramp.

Whether you are new to the industry or a recent recruit, this course provides a solid foundation for further professional development in the field of ground operations.

Course format

This course is available in textbook and e-textbook format. 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.
  • This course requires approximately 40 hours of study to be completed in 12 months from the purchase date (enrollment validity). After the enrollment validity expires, the users will not have access to the course content and 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.

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

  • The ground operations working environment
  • Standard ramp operations terminology
  • The departments of an airport and how they work together
  • Basic safety and security for efficient operations
  • Procedures for key aircraft ground servicing tasks
  • IATA Airport Handling Manual and IATA Ground Operations Manual standards

Key topics

  • Introduction to the airside environment and airport ramp services
  • Aircraft characteristics and turnaround plan
  • Cleaning, catering and other services
  • Ground service equipment
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Airside safety
  • Ramp security awareness
  • Future developments in the sector of ramp services

Download the course outline

Supporting materials
This course covers the many aspects of below the wing operations for which IATA has developed recommended industry standards and procedures, as detailed in the IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM). Therefore, the IGOM has been included in the study kit as it is an indispensable field publication that you will refer to throughout this course and in your day-to-day duties.

The price of the study kit includes:

  • The Airport Ramp Services course textbook
  • The latest IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM) software MS WINDOWS® download* (single user license)
*Please check the system requirements and technical specifications for the installation of the IGOM

The IGOM software MS WINDOWS® download* (single user license) represents a value of $141 included in the price of this course!

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Anyone interested in pursuing a career with an airline or ground service provider
  • Recently recruited airline, airport and ground handling staff

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the final examination.

Exam information

Please read the General Information on Partner-taught / Self-study exams, and check the Course edition list for exams when booking your exam.

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

Additional information

Further training

Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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