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Training on Transport by air, IATA INITIAL


Prerequisite: TDG Shipper training

This training aims to make the shipper autonomous in order to prepare the dangerous goods in accordance with the regulations on the transport of dangerous goods by air along with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

We cover the following topics:

  • How to navigate through all different sections of the IATA guide
  • Applicability
  • Limitations
  • Classification
  • Identification
  • Packing
  • Packaging specifications and performance tests
  • Marking and labelling
  • Documentation
  • Handling
  • Radioactive material
  • Passenger and Cargo Aircrafts


We privilege enjoyable learning with the help of games and didactic material. Each participant will receive a training booklet for future reference and a training certificate in accordance with Transport Canada standards.


IATA Initial
Wednesday, 22 May 2024
2 days
1000,00 $

Mandatory course in order to ship your dangerous goods by air.

Monday, 24 June 2024
2 days
1000,00 $

Mandatory course in order to ship your dangerous goods by air.

For other dates, please contact us!
Group pricing available on request: 450 906-6999

Summary and objectives of the training


Who is this training for?

If you send dangerous goods by air, even in small quantities, this training becomes a must. If you wonder about any of the following questions in the course of your work, IATA training will enable you to send compliant packages and avoid rejected and returned shipments. The shipment of a dangerous product by air begins in the laboratory with a correct classification, the verification that the product can be sent by air as well as the choice of packaging. 

  • Are you able to properly classify your product for transport?
  • Are you able to choose the right container?
  • Do you know the packaging standards?
  • Would you be able to recognize non-compliant packaging?
  • Do you know how to fill out the appropriate documentation?
  • Do you know the legal repercussions and hazards of a non-compliant shipment?


Do I need to have any prerequisites to take this course?

This training is focused on shipping hazardous materials by air. You will learn how to prepare your packages so that they comply with the regulations in force and how to produce the necessary documents for these shipments. Although this is initial training, it is strongly recommended that you have completed transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) training by land beforehand. 


Learning Objective

This training aims to support companies that must send their products by air, according to IATA Regulations. Each participant will learn to master all the steps from classification to documentation for their shipments. 

  • We will deal with the following topics: 
  • Classification according to the 9 classes
  • Particularities of air transport
  • How to find information in IATA regulations
  • Packaging requirements
  • Documentation Requirements

The training also includes practical exercises to make the learning a reality. Each participant will receive a training workbook for future reference and a training certificate. 

Training outline


Module 1: Regulatory Context 

Objectives of the module:

  • Distinguish the different regulations for the transport of dangerous goods
  • Understand the structure of IATA regulations
  • Find information in regulations
  • Understand the need for comprehensive classification.

1.1 Legal responsibilities of each of the TDGR actors
1.1.1 The shipper and importer, the carrier and the handler
1.1.2 Offences and Penalties
1.1.3 Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TMD) Regulations
1.2 IATA Regulations
1.2.1 Structure
1.2.2 States and operators variations


Module 2: Classification

Objectives of the module:

  • Understand the need for comprehensive classification.
  • Know the particularities of air transport
  • Understand the hazards associated with lithium batteries
  • Understand the Dangerous Goods List

2.1 Classification
2.1.1 What is a dangerous good?
2.1.2 Definitions of classes 1 to 9
2.1.3 Lithium batteries (an introduction)
2.2 Dangerous Goods List and Numerical List


Module 3: Packaging & Packing Instruction

Objectives of the module:

  • Recognize standardized packaging. 
  • Know the normal conditions of air transport
  • Understand packing instructions. 
  • Choose the right packaging

3.1 Characteristics of standardized packaging
3.1.1 Types and packaging codes
3.1.2 Requirements
3.1.3 Packing groups
3.2 Packing instruction
3.3 Packing instruction for lithium batteries
3.4 Overpack


Module 4: Marking and labelling

Objectives of the module:

  • Judge the conformity of safety marks on a package
  • Properly complete the marking and labelling of a package

4.1 Requirements for marking and labelling
4.2 Labels specific to air transport
4.3 Overpack


Module 5: Documentation

Objectives of the module:

  • Judge the conformity of a shipping document
  • Write compliant shipping documents.

5.1 Shipper's declaration
5.1.1 Formats and requirements
5.1.2 Overpack
5.1.3 Canadian and U.S. Variation
5.2 Airway bill


Module 6: Loading and Reporting

Objectives of the module:

  • Identify incompatibility during packaging

6.1 Separation of incompatible goods
6.2 Spills and reports 


Module 7: Limitations Exemptions and Training 

Objectives of the module:

  • Justify the need to be trained at IATA to your employer
  • Properly apply limited quantity exemptions 
  • Synthesize regulations in real situations

7.1 Limitations and exceptions
7.2 Excepted quantity exceptions
7.3 Limited quantity exceptions
7.4 Other exceptions
7.5 All packed in one package
7.5.1 Q-value
7.6 Training


2 days


On-site training or by videoconference
Conformite + Legalite = Securite