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IATA/FIATA Course Outline
Classes run 0800-1700 Monday-Friday
Evening Study sessions Tuesday & Thursday 1800-2100
Unit 1 - Industry Regulations
Who regulates international air transportation? What industry organizations manage and support international air freight activities. Discusses the role of government bodies (such as the United Nations, Federal Aviation Administration) and industry groups such as IATA and FIATA.
Unit 2 - The Air Cargo Agency
What are the responsibilities of an IATA Cargo Agent and how does this contrast with the activities of a "freight forwarder" or "consolidator". Explores the roles and services offered by Agents, Forwarders, Brokers and related companies. Introduces the concept of a carriers liability and why a shipper may have to pay a forwarder an additional fee to raise that liability.
Unit 3 - World Geography
A critical section, this unit will introduce the student to world geography and the concept of time zones and the international date line. The student is required to memorize many, if not most, of the major airport and city codes in the world and identify them on practice maps, along with cities and countries on six continents. Understanding geography and the calculation of transit-times across a multitude of time-zones is crucial to passing Exam 1. Student will learn how to use time-charts in the OAG and ABC guides.
Unit 4 - Use of Guides
An important section of the training program, this unit trains the student to use industry guides, such as the OAG Air Cargo Guide. This is the foundation for being able to determine flight schedules, aircraft type, cargo capabilities, flight routings etc.
Unit 5 - Aircraft
This unit describes some of the physical characteristics of current aircraft used in transportation. A critical aspect of this training is understanding which are wide-body and capable of handling ULDS and which are narrow-body "conventional" aircraft that can only handle loose or "bulk" cargo.
There is a section in here that covers aircraft weight and balance along with technical considerations such as fuel loads, etc.. That is not covered in the training and is informational only.
Unit 6 - Handling Facilities
This unit describes the range of facilities normally available at major airports. The exercises cover customs clearance, storage and loading/unloading facilities. The focus is on training the student to look up the appropriate information in the TACT guide to determine available facilities.
Unit 7 - Air Cargo Acceptance
This starts the student into the actual process of handling a shipment and leads off with a discussion of the role of the shippers letter of instruction and continues with exercises on actually reviewing an SLI and cross-referencing the TACT and other guides to determine if the shippers requirements can be met. The unit also provides an overview of the acceptance of "special cargo" such as Dangerous Goods, Perishables, Valuables, etc.
Unit 8 - Cargo Booking Procedures
Covers an introduction into airline cargo booking procedures and a discussion of the emerging "cargo community systems" that allow automatic forwarding updates to the agent/freight forwarder.
Unit 9 - Cargo Automation
Continues the previous subject matter and expands on the main functions of SITA, Cargo-IMP and UN/EDIFACT and EDI. Provides an overview only.
Unit 10 - Air Cargo Rates and Charges
This unit is the most comprehensive and challenging of the training program, and requires the longest study time.
Unit 11 - The Air Waybill
Cargo Terms and definitions
Exam Paper 1 given Wednesday Morning
Exam Paper 2 given Friday mid-day