• Duration - 4 Months

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), is the world organization of scheduled airlines, founded in 1945, to help meet the problems anticipated in the expansion of civil air services after the second world war.

The IATA International Cargo Agents Training Program was launched in 1977 to meet the growing demand for trained staff in cargo agencies. The IATA International Cargo Agents diploma has gained worldwide industry recognition as a quality qualification, important for anyone who wishes to make a career in the air cargo forwarding business.

The IATA program is basically self study course, but is also offered as regular course by training establishments known as "Authorised Training Centers" or ATCs, who are qualified to prepare the students for the IATA examinations.

Who can enroll ?

  • Anyone who wishes to make a career as Cargo Agents.
  • Freight Forwarders
  • All staff involved in air cargo transport chain

Basic Qualification:

  • Successfully completed Secondary school or equivalent.
  • Good understanding of written English, World Geography and Basic Mathematics.

Application and enrollment procedures:

TIM takes care of all procedures related to application, enrollment and supply of the study kit. Just fill in the application form and hand it over along with the bank draft of the fee applicable, to us. Now sit back and relax ! TIM will send your application and remittance to the IATA Training Center at Montreal. TIM will follow up on your application and get your training kit. You can also avail of our intensive coaching to prepare for the examinations.

Examination Procedure:

The IATA exams are held every year in March, June, September and December. Students must enroll at least five months prior to the examination. The exams must be taken within the registration period. The exam is conducted on one day only.

Award of Diploma:

To qualify for the IATA Cargo Introductory Diploma, candidates must secure at least 60%. A Diploma with "Distinction" will be awarded to candidates who achieves 90% in their first attempt.

Students who fail in their first attempt can appear for their second attempt in the next exam session. Students who register for the exam and who do not attend will be recorded as "No Show", which will be treated as "Failed".

On successful completion of examination, Students will receive the following internationally recognized Diploma.

Job Opportunities:

Reservation, Counter & Sales & Marketing executives in Travel agencies. Traffic assistants, reservation, counter and sales & Marketing executives, Revenue accountants & Prorators in Airlines. Airport operations executives, ground handling executives, check-in & ticketing agents at the Airport, Counter executives, Sales & Marketing executives, Clearing & forwarding agents, airport duty officers, freight forwarders, Port & warehousing executives etc.

How You Will Benefit

  • Make appropriate arrangements and reservations for international air cargo shipments.
  • Calculate correct rates and charges for general cargo and special cargo (specific commodity and class rates).
  • Complete Air Waybills in accordance with applicable IATA rules and procedures.

Designed for

This course is designed for the traffic and operations staff of international air cargo agents but is also useful to sales and marketing staff of cargo agents and consolidators; sales, reservations and acceptance staff of airlines, airport handling and surface transportation companies; shipping department staff of manufacturers, wholesalers, importers and exporters.

Course Content


Leading to the IATA Introductory Course Diploma, the IATA Introductory Course is one of the requirements for accreditation as an IATA Cargo Agent. The Introductory Course takes into account a number of changes in the air cargo industry and the evolution of the industry towards the adoption of the Montreal Protocol.

  • Industry regulations; ICAO -IATA
  • The air cargo agency; The IATA cargo agent -The consolidator
  • World geography; IATA 3-letter codes -time differences -calculation of transportation times
  • Use of Guides; the OAG Air Cargo Guide
  • Aircraft; bulk loading limitations -Unit Load
  • Devices (ULDs) Handling facilities; aircraft and cargo terminal facilities
  • Air cargo acceptance
  • Cargo booking procedures
  • Cargo automation
  • Air cargo rates and charges; application of TACT (The Air Cargo Tariff)
  • The Air Waybill; completion - labelling and marking

The training kit includes the following publications:

  • Course Guide.
  • 4 Training Manuals.
  • The OAG Cargo Guide (training edition) .
  • The Air Cargo Tariff - TACT (training edition) .
  • Map of Europe and the World .
  • Glossary of Terms and Definitions booklet .
  • Air Waybill extracts and blank geographical maps.
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