Air Dangerous Goods

To be compliant in shipping and accepting dangerous goods by air, there are training requirements that commensurate with your position as a freight forwarder, shipper or operator to comply with IATA, ICAO and Transport Canada TDG regulations. CIFFA offers a variety of training options for your needs.

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About the courses

CIFFA offers initial training for those who have never shipped dangerous goods by air, as well as recurrent training for those who require recertification every 24 months. The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations and International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) technical instructions are the principal resources for this course. CIFFA is an IATA Authorized Training School for classroom delivery, and a FIATA/ICAO authorized training school for both classroom and online delivery. These courses are designed from the freight forwarder's perspective, but can be taken by shippers and operators resulting in a category 6 certification.

Air Dangerous Goods

Skill Level: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced
Time: In Class: Three days for initial class, 2 days for recurrent class; Online: 16 to 20 hours Initial, 12 to 16 hours Recurrent
Outcome: Category 6 ICAO Certification
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Air DG Virtual Class - Initial

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This initial course is for freight forwarders and shippers with no experience in shipping dangerous goods by air, or who have let their previous certificate expire for more than 12 months. This course is updated yearly in line with changes to the regulations. (CIFFA recommends that recurrent students who do not consistently ship dangerous goods enrol in this class as well.) Note: Online lessons with an instructor-supported virtual class require approximately 16 to 20 hours of study. This includes a 5-hour scheduled virtual workshop. (Copy of IATA DGR required.)
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Air DG Virtual Class -- Recurrent

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This recurrent course is acceptable for Freight Forwarders, Shippers and Operators. This course is updated yearly in line with the changes to the regulations. Note: online lessons with an instructor-supported virtual class require approximately 12 to 16 hours of study. This includes a 5-hour scheduled virtual workshop. (Copy of IATA DGR required.)
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Air Dangerous Goods Online

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The Air Dangerous Goods online course is a narrated and interactive course that mirrors the structure of the classroom course provided by CIFFA. This class requires approximately 8 to 14 hours of study. Note: This course is recommended only for those who are experienced in the shipping of dangerous goods by air, and do not require instructor support. (Copy of IATA DGR required.)
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Shipping Lithium Batteries by Air

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Lithium batteries can be dangerous in transit, and shipping them is a complicated process guided by ever changing regulations. This short online course is an ideal complement to CIFFA’s other Air Dangerous Goods courses, but it can also be taken on its own for general knowledge purposes.

FAQs

Does CIFFA sell the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations?

No, we do not sell the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, but if you email us we can direct you to groups that do.

Can I use an older version of the IATA DGR?

We recommend that you use the latest version as our course material is updated each year. The IATA DGR is released yearly. However, an older version can be used, as long as you google the IATA changes document relevant to this year’s DGR.

Is there a difference between an IATA and ICAO certification?

None whatsoever. The IATA DG regulations are built from the ICAO technical instructions. IATA and ICAO work together to create the standard. Certification from either IATA or ICAO is accepted in an audit by transport Canada or IATA.

What category certification is provided, and by who?

For all online and virtual classes a category 3 certification from FIATA/ICAO is provided. For in-class courses an IATA category 3 certification is provided.

I am a shipper, can I take this course?

Yes, this course is taught from the perspective of the freight forwarder / operator, but also uses case studies from a shipper's perspective.

I have a dangerous goods category 6 certification but it expired more than 12 months ago, which course should I take?

You will need to register for the Initial training that is offered in class across Canada, and there are virtual class options available due to Covid 19.

I have never shipped dangerous goods by air before, which course should I take?

You will need to register for the Initial training that is offered in class across Canada, and there are virtual class options available due to Covid 19.

About Our Courses

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Learning Options

Students can join our virtual classroom, or learn at their own pace.
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IATA and FIATA/ICAO Certified

Once complete, you will receive the Class 6 Certificate from FIATA/ICAO
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What people say title

I have been working with CIFFA for over a decade, and their initial and recurrent DG courses are always updated with the most recent changes to the applicable regulations, as introduced by regulatory agencies such as Transport Canada, IATA, ICAO, IMO.
Nicole Rozinbaum
Regional Manager - ITN Vancouver
A well rounded and very detailed learning experience that serves as excellent preparation to any freight forwarder shipping dangerous goods internationally.
Angelica Tombs
Intern - Guy Tombs
For WestJet, safety is above all. Dangerous goods training contributes to meeting our objectives of accepting and transporting dangerous goods in a correct, safe and efficient way.
Andrea Gomez
Training Specialist, Cargo - Westjet Cargo

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