Dangerous Goods Aviation Training 2020 – CBTA Update

Aviation Training Dangerous Goods CBTA update

In a previous article, we discussed the upcoming implementation of Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) initiatives, mandated by the ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization and developed to comply with amendments to the 21st revised edition of the UN recommendations on the transport of dangerous goods model regulations.  These amendments are initiated by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel, which also initiates amendments to the ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air.


To simplify, this means all air operators must begin revising and developing updated CBTA dangerous goods training programs to meet a January 1, 2021 implementation date.


At Pelesys, as we commence our quarter 4 revision cycle, part of our annual course review, our first focus is our dangerous goods courses.  We currently maintain a library of 13 versions of dangerous goods courses based on the operational training requirements, as amended.  These courses also include customized versions for various customers around the world.


IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Amendments


Due to the fact these amendments are so significant, the IATA, International Air Transport Association has developed a new Appendix I to the IATA dangerous goods regulations for review and development by air operators.  These amendments to the dangerous goods regulations will be published in Quarter 3 of 2020 and become effective January 1, 2021.


Appendix I is laid out as an amended dangerous goods manual.  It lists each section and applies change symbols to the elements proposed for the 2021 dangerous goods regulations 62nd edition.


CBTA implementation will be enabled via the revision of Section 1.5 – Training Requirements. In the revision, Section 1.5.2 and Table 1.5.A – Training Requirements for Training Curricula will both be removed which changes the requirement “Personnel must be trained in the requirements commensurate with their responsibilities.”


The proposed new 1.5.1 changes the focus to CBTA as follows under a new Section which provides this note: “An approach to ensuring personnel are competent to perform any function for which they are responsible is provided in Appendix H “Dangerous good training programs guidelines – Competency-based training and assessment (CBTA)”” 


The proposed Section now mandates, “All operators must establish a dangerous goods training program regardless of whether or not they are approved to transport dangerous goods as cargo.”  This change mandates the training of personnel such as gate agents, cargo handlers and cabin crew to have dangerous goods training in line with their job functions, which includes ensuring hidden or undeclared dangerous goods are not carried in either passenger carry-on or in shipments.


Appendix H contains a detailed set of guidelines for the development, implementation, and delivery of CBTA-based dangerous goods training.


January 1, 2021 implementation for CBTA-based dangerous goods training


In order to help airlines and other aircraft operators meet the January 1, 2021 implementation date for the revised CBTA dangerous goods regulations, Pelesys is in the process of updating our dangerous goods courses to meet the new ICAO requirements. The course will be updated in early 2020 with the ability for operators of any size to use our CBTA framework and apply it to training their employees.


Pelesys dangerous goods courses will still be delivered with a focus on pilots, cabin crew, ground handling agents and no-carry operations. However, individual job functions of those assigned dangerous goods duties vary significantly among operators. For example, the duties of an operator in the Canadian Arctic with one or two airplanes that ship barrels of fuel to small communities include job functions that are significantly different from an international cargo operation flying around the world carrying everything from munitions to radioactive materials and highly flammable liquids, solids and gases of all kinds.


Therefore, Pelesys and other course providers continue to play the role of initial trainer where individuals learn about the regulatory framework, classification of dangerous goods, limitations, handling, emergency procedures and so on – none of which changes significantly under CBTA.


Once this basic training is delivered and delivered on a recurrent training cycle as per regulation, the operators themselves must determine and document the job functions of each person involved in the program.  These procedures, and the methodology to develop CBTA from these surveys are all included in Appendix H.


Pelesys Dangerous Goods Course Updates


Pelesys intends to ensure all elements of air operator initial and recurrent training requirements are included for the delivery of technical and regulatory information to provide those working with dangerous goods with a complete overview of the technical aspects of the dangerous goods regulations. We will discontinue reference to the training Categories starting with the January 1, 2020 delivery.


Pelesys will add modules to the current generic CAT 10 course to bring it up to the requirements of CAT 6, which will provide the following new lessons;


  • General Requirements for Shippers
  • Classification of Dangerous Goods
  • Packing Instructions
  • Shippers Declaration and Other Relevant Documents
  • Acceptance Procedures


This will serve to include all the relevant training topics for the technical training of dangerous goods.


Using the new features included in the updated HTML 5 standard, operators will be able to turn off both entire lessons and individual page numbers within lessons with an easy-to-use course editor currently available in our learning management system (LMS). Using this feature will mean Pelesys will deliver only the complete course to its customers who will then be required to provide only the elements required for their operations.  Course copies can be made to create several versions targeted more directly toward job-function-specific training.


As CBTA becomes the standard for all training involving every aspect of aviation operations, we are committed to providing the best specialty training in the industry.

If you’re interested in upgrading your dangerous goods training program with our revised course please get in touch with our team directly by calling +1 (604) 233-6268 or emailing us at sales@pelesys.com

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