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Dangerous Goods Training

Preparation is essential

The successful application of rules concerning the transport of dangerous goods greatly depends on the appreciation by all professionals of the risks involved. Training is key to achieve a detailed understanding of the Regulations.

New proposed training provisions: Competency-based training and assessment (CBTA)

The 60th edition of the dangerous goods regulation, under Appendix H, provides the industry with details related to the changes to:

  • H.1 - The impending revised training requirement provisions as agreed by ICAO DG/26
  • H.2 - The guidelines material for implementation developed by the IATA Dangerous Good Training Working Group (DGTWG)

IATA invites industry to dedicate some time to the H.2 section of this appendix and provide feedback which will be utilized by the Dangerous Goods Training Working Group (DTWG) to further develop the guideline materials. This will, in turn, make sure that there remains useful and practical for the industry to implement competency-based training and assessment for DG training programs.

For further and extended feedback please contact Alexandra Jiménez, Secretary of DGTWG 

Other CBTA related material:

Implementation update (pdf) September 2018 - Latest update on the ICAO Status. 

The Competency Based Training Assessment White Paper (pdf) February 2017 - Analysis performed by the DGTWG provides some discussion points to the DG Training ICAO provisions.

Training requirements

The Sub-Section 1.5 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) details the requirements and minimum aspects that must be included in a training program. It is important to note that different categories of staff require different training and that it must always be commensurate with their responsibilities.

Responsibility is placed on all parties involved in air transport, including shippers, freight forwarders, ground service providers and airlines.

Training providers 

IATA offers dangerous goods training in different locations for a wide variety of cargo specialists. In addition, through a network of training organizations, we provide courses worldwide taught by local partners. These warrant that the IATA training standards are maintained while complying with local regulations.

Training standards

The IATA standards related to dangerous goods training, including instructor qualifications, are developed by the DG Training Working Group (DGTWG). The DGTWG is overseen by the Dangerous Goods Board (DGB), with both groups working towards improving safety and understanding of the dangerous goods requirements for air transport.

Airline and operator validation

The Dangerous Goods Training Validation Program provides airlines and operators with the opportunity to acquire validation from IATA, attesting that their dangerous goods acceptance training (Category 6) is benchmarked against and meets IATA's high quality safety training standards. This validation of training is granted after an operator or airline instructor, detalied lesson plan, course material and final exam have been evaluated by IATA and found to meet the programme's criteria. 

The programme standards and criteria have been developed in conjunction with the IATA Dangerous Goods Training Taske Force and represent an industry wide "best practices" approach to dangerous goods training, as well as meeting all of the requirements of the IATA Dangerous Goods Reuglations. 

Participants to this programme are recognized through publishing in the effective edition of the IATA DGR appendix G.3.

To learn more about how to implement best industry practices into your dangerous goods training and how to apply for validation download the Application Booklet (pdf).

Currently validated airlines and operators: 


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