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IFMA CBTA 2023 18/08/2023

The regulations for the air transport of dangerous goods are changing !

ICAO has introduced in its technical instructions an alternative training method to the current training method based on personnel categories.

This new method, called CBT (competency based training), aims to provide employees, through targeted training, with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the work assigned to them according to the level of performance required.

This CBT approach, which will come into effect on January 1, 2023, has designed training and assessment that is specific to functions and not just theoretical knowledge of dangerous goods.

Its main purpose is to better ensure that officers can perform their duties.

It is based on:

  • identification of the skills necessary for the tasks carried out; an analysis of the population to be trained, their skill level and their training needs;
  • determining the most efficient means of carrying out these tasks;
  • assessments to determine whether these skills have been acquired and whether the training program meets the needs.

A competency is manifested and observed through behaviors that mobilize the knowledge, skills and attitudes recommended for the performance of tasks under recommended conditions.

The skills developed what should be the standard of performance of a person competent in his duties.

For example, one person could perform many functions such as accepting dangerous goods and loading/stow dangerous goods on board an aircraft.

The training of this person must relate to all the functions that he performs.

The CBT approach offers many advantages:

  • it is directed towards learning and competence rather than the assimilation of theoretical theoretical knowledge and passing a single test;
  • it is directly related to the work and how it should be done; it establishes the basic level of competence for this work;
  • it ensures that trainees know what they are expected to do and that evaluators know what performance(s) to assess.

This new approach is a real challenge for employers since they are more involved in the training process.

They must, in addition to training, determine the training needs of their employees by precisely identifying the skills to be acquired according to the activities carried out by each of them. In addition, it is ultimately up to the employer to ensure, in situ, that its employees are competent to perform the functions assigned to them and therefore that the training programs meet the needs.

Through its Provider-IATA accreditation, IFMA will, as of January 1, 2023, provide competency-based DGR training that meets ICAO and IATA requirements.


IFMA has developed training programs based on part H.6 of the IATA DGR regulations and corresponding to the main functions to carry out DGR training is prescribed.

7.1 Personnel responsible for preparing shipments of dangerous goods for air transport (including classification)

7.2 Personnel responsible for handling or accepting goods presented as general cargo

7.3 Personnel responsible for handling or accepting shipments of dangerous goods

7.4 Personnel responsible for handling cargo in a warehouse, loading and unloading loading units, and loading and unloading cargo compartments of aircraft

7.5 Personnel responsible for accepting baggage from passengers and crew members, managing aircraft boarding areas and performing other tasks involving direct contact with passengers at an airport

7.6 Aircraft loading planning personnel

7.7 Driving equipment

7.8 Flight Operations Officers and Flight Dispatchers

7.9 Cabin crew

7.10 Personnel responsible for screening passengers and crew and their baggage, cargo and mail

The DGR IFMA programs take into account the tasks and sub-tasks as well as the levels of qualification necessary for the personnel within the framework of the function held. Nevertheless, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the training program is strictly suited to the needs of its personnel.

In addition to carrying out the training, we offer to support you in the various phases necessary for the complete and compliant development of the training process, in particular:

− the determination of the tasks and sub-tasks necessary for your personnel according to their activities as well as the corresponding qualification levels;

− in-service evaluation of trained personnel.

This assessment is an essential aspect of optimized skills training because it allows:

→ to measure and prove the achievement of the objectives formulated in the training and evaluation program; → improve the training and assessment program;

→ confirm the relevance of the training;

→ provide evidence of added value.

The IFMA can be your support in all phases of setting up this CBT approach.

Do not hesitate to contact us !

IATA Accreditation renewal 2022 28/01/2022

This year again, I.F.M.A obtains the IATA accreditation. A guarantee of seriousness and quality of our training.


I.F.M.A is certified QUALIOPI ! 28/01/2022


Law No. 2018-771 of 5 September 2018 for the freedom to choose one’s professional future provides in article 6 for a certification obligation (Qualiopi), by a third-party body, organisations carrying out actions contributing to the development of skills on the basis of a single national framework, if they wish to benefit from public or mutual funds.

What is the “Qualiopi” brand?
The “Qualiopi” brand aims to:
• attest to the quality of the process implemented by the action providers contributing to the development of skills;
• To make the provision of training more visible to companies and users.

Who is covered by the “Qualiopi” brand?
As of 1 January 2022, quality certification is mandatory for all share providers contributing to the development of skills who wish to access public and mutual funds; the Qualiopi brand therefore concerns all providers, including independent trainers, providing actions:
• of training;
• skills reviews;
• to validate the acquired experience;
• of apprenticeship training.

Who delivers the mark?
The “Qualiopi” mark is issued by certifying bodies accredited or authorised by the French Accreditation Committee (Cofrac) on the basis of the national quality standard.

2019 Premier Circle Members 15/07/2019

IFMA have been selected as 2019 Premier Circle winners from IATA's prestigious training partner’s recognition program. More than 450 IATA global training partners are evaluated on various criteria, such as the number of students trained, the quality of training delivered determined by the examination pass rate etc. Also measured is the growth in enrollments vis-à-vis the previous year. The excellence of these training partners contributes significantly to the development of the next generation of professionals.


IFMA is in the TOP 10 of IATA Accredited Training School

LICENCES on CDG and ORLY airports 10/10/2018

The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has confirmed the allocation of licenses to Groupe Europe Handling to operate on the Paris CDG (Terminals 1, 2 and 3) and ORLY (West and South) platforms until 2021.


Our school is now referenced in the Datadock. Our training courses can be funded by your financing centre.