LBA Requirements and How to meet them Efficiently

IATA DGR– All training from 2023 onward to be Competency Based Training and Assessment


CBTA – changeover requires companies to prepare

The transition period set by the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA) for introducing Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) for IATA DGR training expired on 1 January 2023. The mandatory introduction will require employers to change IATA DGR training as well as its processes and documentation.

The CBTA training method for the Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) follows the guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Its purpose: to provide more targeted IATA DGR training for employees.

Conversion of Dangerous Goods Training — Helpful Tools


CBTA Table: Translating CATs into CAs

It can be tricky to properly “translate” the old staff categories (CATs) into the new activity categories (CAs) based on Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA). It is particularly important to pay attention to small but important details.
Our table provides a clear, comprehensive overview of the relevant details when translating CATs into CAs.

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Online Assessment in the CBTA

When you start converting your dangerous goods training to CBTA, it can take a lot of time to analyse the categories of activity that your employees perform when handling dangerous goods. And preparing the syllabi is a challenge unto itself, too! Not just today, but every time the IATA DGR is amended. Our online assessment tool effortlessly guides you through this process. It also prepares the syllabi to CBTA requirements.

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Competency Based Training and Assessment: DGR Training using the CBTA Format


Activity categories instead of staff categories

The twelve staff categories (CAT) previously used for IATA DGR training will be eliminated at the end of the transition period. CBTA replaces them with ten activity categories (CAs), some of which are broken down into sub-categories. The categories focus on the individual activities that employees actually perform, not their role or function.

Tip: Use our free download for mapping.

Assessment of activities in handling dangerous goods

An activity analysis is conducted before all DGR training courses. It looks at the individual activities involved in handling dangerous goods and thus provides documented insights into employees’ individual training needs for IATA DGR, the relevance of the training material and the educational depth required for CBTA.

Tip: Use our online assessment tool for CBTA.

Syllabi for CBTA

The assessment findings are used to draw up a custom DGR training plan that meets CBTA criteria. The plan shows what skills and knowledge will be covered, the depth of the course material and the chosen training methodology.

Tip: Our assessment tool also generates the syllabus at the same time.

Dangerous goods training to CBTA requirements – in-person or online

After the CBTA assessment, the actual IATA DGR class is taught based on the syllabus. This may be done in the classroom or online depending on the activity category being taught.

Tip: Our mapping table also lists the method.

Assessment plan for CBTA success

In addition to the DGR training plan, the CBTA also requires an assessment plan. It specifies how to verify or certify that trainees know the IATA DGR adequately and can handle dangerous goods properly.

Tip: You can design the certificate online in our LMS.

Refresher course for dangerous goods training

The CBTA has not changed the refresher interval, i.e. how often DGR training is repeated (every 24 months). However, follow-up training obligations or interim assessments (due to absences, etc.) may become necessary during the interval period.

Tip: Our LMS automatically monitors these deadlines for you.

Experts Answer your CBTA Questions

Do you have questions about converting dangerous goods training courses to the new CBTA system? Are you unsure what to do or are you looking for an efficient solution?

Then contact us for an initial meeting on IATA DGR training and possible digital support for the entire DGR CBTA. We have answers and solutions to your challenges

Dangerous Goods Training based on CBTA: Valuable Information in “NfL”


CBTA allows significantly more online training on the DGR

Competency Based Training and Assessment also features in Nachrichten für Luftfahrer (news for aeronauts) (NfL) 2-586-21. It sets out conditions and requirements for dangerous goods training programmes and required instructor qualifications based on applicable staff categories.

NfL 2-586-21 states that dangerous goods training courses – absent any emergency exceptions – can now generally be conducted as webinars as well. Also, classic web-based training (WBT) is no longer limited to refresher training sessions. WBT may be used for initial online DGR training, too.

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