IATA certifies Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals for new training standard

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) has become the first cargo terminal operator in Hong Kong to achieve IATA’s new Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) Center Certification.

Hactl has been an IATA Accredited Training School (ATS) since 2003, offering training both for its own staff and those of third parties including airlines, freight forwarders, industry organisations and educational institutions.

Following an agreement by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in September 2019, IATA Dangerous Goods training has been evolving from traditional learning to the new, skills-based competency-based training and assessment format.

The 63rd edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) includes guidance on competency-based training and assessment (CBTA), which becomes mandatory from January 1 2023.

Having received both CBTA Corporate and CBTA Provider accreditations, Hactl, Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler, is certified to continue providing DGR training to employees, as well external clients.

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s global head of cargo, said: “The new IATA CBTA accreditation aligns with ICAO’s revised policy on training for the carriage of dangerous goods by air, providing a more meaningful format for future DGR training.

“We are delighted that Hactl has become an early adopter of the new CBTA training format, this achievement is testament to their commitment to provide high quality and effective training to their workforce. We are very pleased to confirm that they are Hong Kong’s first handler to achieve full compliance.”

Hactl chief executive Wilson Kwong added: “We are proud to receive this confirmation of Hactl’s new certification, and that we are the first cargo terminal operator in Hong Kong to comply with the new standard. 

“While our comprehensive knowledge, experience and resources in DGR training gave us an excellent foundation, it has been necessary for us to further enrich some aspects of our training programmes in order to meet CBTA’s more precise and comprehensive definitions of the various Dangerous Goods job functions.”

He added: “We pride ourselves in always providing the highest possible standard of Dangerous Goods training, and are therefore pleased to support this new CBTA approach, which we believe further advances the cause of aviation safety.”

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