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Cargo Warehouse Operations and ULD Build-up (Classroom, 4 days)

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Did you know that in the past 3 years, 72 participants from 14 countries have taken this course with IATA?


This course is designed for participants engaged in Warehouse Operations including ULD handling, ULD Airworthiness control and ULD Build-up either at an elementary or supervisory level. During the course you will have a chance to observe practical work in the warehouse and link it together with classroom theory.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers and Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-house training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 4 days (32 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • There are no prerequisites for this course
  • Recommended level is Entry-level and Management
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Apr 27 - Apr 30, 2020 - Germany, Frankfurt (FRA-RTP)
3 additional classes are scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Know and execute IATA and regulatory compliances in the warehouse
  • Confidently control, handle, store and determine ULD airworthiness and weight limits
  • Summarize the ULD certification process
  • Identify the different ULD types and loadability
  • Know how to plan and restrain cargo when distributing load in/on a ULD for an aircraft
  • Identify the different loading procedures for non-standard cargo

    Course content

    • Warehouse processes and safety
    • The functions and certification requirements of ULDs
    • Handling, storage, airworthiness and loadability of ULDs
    • Planning of ULDs in maximum size/contour and weight for different aircraft types according to the ULDR/AHM
    • The build-up of ULDs for aircraft and cargo restraint according to the ULDR/AHM
    • Observing on the job ULD build-up in practice
    • Loading of non-standard cargo such as AVI, PER and dangerous goods and restraint of “Special Cargo”

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    • Group work and exercises
    • Observing on-the-job tasks in the warehouse

    Who should attend

    This course is recommended for:

    • Warehouse staff engaged in ULD build up tasks
    • Staff engaged in warehouse supervision
    • Staff involved in the load planning of aircraft and RFS services
    • ULD control management staff

    Certificate awarded

    An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

    Please note that this Certificate is only valid for 24 months

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

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    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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