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Cargo English

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The cargo industry is truly global, providing exciting opportunities to work with people from around the world. This course will prepare you with the relevant English vocabulary and terminology you need to know to work in this industry and communicate in day-to-day operations.

Course format

This distance learning course is available in Printed format.
  • This course requires approximately 150 hours of study, to be completed in 18 months.
  • 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 be able to write and discuss the following topics in English:

  • Modes of transport, including their advantages and disadvantages
  • Commodities that are shipped by air
  • Airport configurations
  • Types of packaging used when shipping goods by air
  • Cargo storage
  • Alternative routing options
  • Issues associated with lost or damaged cargo shipments

Key topics

  • Air cargo commodities
  • Aircraft, airlines and airports
  • Packing and handling facts
  • Warehousing and routings
  • Customs, documentation, liability and insurance

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Who should attend

  • Non-native English speakers working with international air cargo shipments.

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate is awarded to participants successfully passing the final exam.

Exam information

Please read the General Information on Distance Learning Exams, and check the Distance Learning - Course edition list for exams when booking your exam.

  • Exam Delivery Method: Supervised exam in IATA Exam location. Physical Attendance is required. Depending on exam venue availability online exams are available.
  • Exam Format: Multiple Choice questions, Closed Text Book
  • Number of questions: 60
  • Time Allowance: 3 hours
  • Passing Grade: 36 correct answers
  • Distinction Grade: 54 correct answers

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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