Dangerous Goods Training

Written by Shirley Parker
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Training for safe handling of special, often lethal, cargo is vitally important to the airline industry, as well as to the crews and any passengers who may travel in the same aircraft. Dangerous goods training is provided by IATA accredited schools that must pass an intensive review of their teaching methods, materials, and testing procedures, and an investigation of the credentials claimed by their instructors. In addition, every year each school must update its curriculum and lesson outlines, and develop a totally different final exam than in previous years. IATA inspectors may also arrive to examine records with little or no advance warning.

In addition to meeting the accreditation requirements of the International Air Transport Association, a dangerous goods training school must give IATA the names of all enrolled students, even if they failed the course. At least 30 enrollees per year are required to maintain active status. These reports are turned in electronically on a quarterly basis. Many other rules also apply, one of the most important being that the school must obtain all government approvals required by its location. This includes the local civil aviation authority.

Depending on the subject matter and the student's job responsibilities, an individual course may range from four hours to five days. All include workbooks, classroom exercises, teaching aids, and problem specific test questions. Testing on real life scenarios is in depth, ranging from incorrect labeling to improper packaging, to variations in state of origin or carrier. A passing grade of at least 80 percent is required.

More than One Dangerous Goods Training Course

If school accreditation requirements are met, IATA can endorse training classes that meet industry certification requirements for Dangerous Goods Regulations Initial Course and Dangerous Goods Recurrent Course. If companies send personnel for other types of training, the school will require additional endorsements from IATA. Examples are Infectious Substances Regulations, Radioactive Material Regulations, and Live Animals and Perishables.


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