The standards of the IATA accredited training programs have been the foundation for air transport safety since more than 30 years.
However, something more often than not misunderstood is the difference between a „Dangerous Goods training in accordance with Tables 1.5.A and 1.5.B IATA“ and a „IATA Dangerous Goods Training Certificate“.
Since the legal basis for the transport of dangerous goods by air, the „Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air“ published biannually by ICAO has not yet been made available in the official German language, a subordinate administrative publishing of the German Luftfahrtbundesamt (NfL99) stipulates that the requirements of the ICAO TI „have been laid down as well in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations in their German edition“.
In practice, the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations are used for training purposes as well as for the processing and handling of dangerous goods intended to be transported by air.
An „IATA Dangerous Goods training certificate“ means that the provider of such training has been accredited by IATA and authorized to conduct these courses on behalf of IATA and that the personnel of the provider, the didactic model used and the training facilities meet IATA’s stringent requirements.
The curriculi of the courses, their content, the form of the final tests and other factors must meet IATA’s requirements and are subject to IATA’s expressed approval; the provider of such training must also pay royalties for the use of the copyrighted IATA training materials.
Registering trainees with IATA is subject to a registration fee which is imposed by IATA to cover registration related costs and is levvied on the training provider. For this reason, all genuine IATA training certificates bear an unique registration number which can be used by anyone to verify whether or not a certificate is valid:
A „training in accordance with tables 1.5.A and 1.5.B of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations“ may be offered by literally anyone as long as the training aspects detailed in Tables 1.5.A and 1.5.B of the IATA DGR are covered by such training. However, any duplication of the contents of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for the purpose of such training requires acquiring a license or permission from IATA in order to use this copyrighted content further.
Quality and content of such training is not subject to any evaluation .
This does not necessarily mean that such training must be considered insufficient, but again, there is no warranted standard there. Furthermore, the IATA logo may only be used by IATA – accredited training providers in conjunction with an IATA endorsed trainining course.
Should you have any doubts as to whether or not your Dangerous Goods training certificate is really an „IATA certificate“, you may use the link provided above for verification. If your certifiacte is not recognized by the IATA server, it’s not an „IATA certificate“, period.
Whether or not such „non – IATA certificate“ is valid in the context of the law of the state in which it was acquired is regulated by this state’s national laws, but an international cum universal recognition can only be derived from a verifiable IATA certificate.
For the purpose of accrediting IATA Travel Agencies or IATA Cargo Agents, applicable IATA CSC resolutions expressly require that at least two staff for every branch office are in the possession of a Dangerous Goods training certificate recognized by IATA.
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