As of January 01, 2023, Dangerous Goods Rules (DGR) trainings have entered into a new training approach as Competency Based Training Assessment (CBTA).

For this reason, the categories in the current book of IATA DGR version 63 will be removed next year. For your convenience and to compare the traditional categories with the corresponding new courses, please review the table below.

Competency Based Training and Assessment Components

Therefore, the following components are essential for forming a competent workforce for the safe and efficient transport of dangerous goods by air:

A competency is a dimension of human performance that is used to reliably predict successful performance on the job. It is manifested and observed through behaviours that mobilise the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes to carry out activities and tasks under specified conditions to achieve a particular level of proficiency.

Competency Factors

Performing a dangerous goods task may require different levels of knowledge, skills and attitude, depending on the complexity of the specific task and the operational environment. A level of proficiency should be developed to determine how critical the employee's knowledge, skills and attitude are for the successful completion of a task. Therefore, to determine the relevant level of proficiency of an employee's competency factors, the employer should consider the complexity of tasks and context, the range of work (routine, predictability, and dependencies) and the level of autonomy of the employee in performing the tasks.

Proficiency can be divided into four levels, introductory, basic, intermediate and advance, and applied to individual tasks involved in the function(s) that an employee is assigned to.

Level of Proficiency

Competency Based Training and Assessment Workflows

Establishing competency-based training and assessment programs can involve five phases, analyse, design, develop, implement and evaluate. Here is a brief summary of each phase:

  1. Phase 1 - Analyse training needs: The first phase in the development and implementation of a competency-based training and assessment program is to analyse the training needs. Analysing the training needs is very important because the needs identified will form the basis of the type(s) of training and assessment methodologies to be required. Training needs are specific to the employer's environment and requirements, largely dependent on the internal process flow.
  2. Phase 2 -Design competency-based training and assessment (CBTA): Analysis of the training needs will form the foundation of the competency-based training and assessment program, and this phase will develop the backbone of the program. This phase includes designing two major components based on the training specification produced in the previous phase:

- an assessment plan that will be used to assess the competence of trainees;

- a training plan that will enable the development and delivery of the training course.