Sponsored: Online dangerous goods training, how does it work?
01 / 07 / 2021
Dangerous Goods Online Training has rapidly built up a big list of clients for its ground-breaking online dangerous goods by air training as confidence in the concept grows.
Dangerous Goods Online Training Limited (DGOT) was founded in late 2019 and is the first and only training provider with UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval to provide online computer-based dangerous goods by air training courses for shippers, packers, freight forwarders and operators. It is also a finalist for the Air Cargo News Digital Innovation Award.
DGOT says the most common questions it is asked are: How does the online dangerous goods by air training course work? And is it the same qualification as a classroom course? Here DGOT gives some answers to these very questions.
For decades, CAA-approved dangerous goods by air training has been delivered in the classroom with a formal exam at the end. DGOT’s online computer-based course changed this and enables trainees to achieve exactly the same qualification using online training.
“DGOT has made the training and exam process as simple as possible”
How the online system works is simple but highly effective. Just like choosing a classroom course, the trainee must select whether they want an initial, refresher or a focused lithium battery course for shippers.
The trainee is then given access to a series of online modules which they work through at their own pace. This is supported by a detailed workbook that can be downloaded and printed.
At every stage of the course, the trainee is prompted to use the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR), so they learn how to interact with the real-world regulations.
As the trainee works through the modules, they are presented with multiple practice and formal questions to test their knowledge. The questions become progressively difficult to the point where the trainee must use the IATA DGR to pack, label and document real-world dangerous goods shipments, or if taking the operator course, they must complete multiple practice acceptance checklists.
Support and Feedback
The trainee gets constant feedback and detailed explanations should they get questions wrong. The goal is for trainees to achieve at least an 80% score in every module before they can book their formal exam.
The best component to the training is that trainees must repeat modules until this is achieved, ensuring they practice what they learn and develop the skills required for their job function. Should a trainee get stuck or need help during this process, DGOT provides qualified instructor support for technical questions.
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This ensures the trainee does not struggle in silence and receives the support they need. Once the trainee has achieved the 80% target, they are then ready to book their invigilated one-to-one exam.
This can be taken remotely anywhere on the planet that has wi-fi, helping those in extremely remote locations to complete the training. The exam is couriered to the trainee and invigilated via video link.
Once completed, the exam is couriered back to DGOT and marked; it really is that simple. Alternatively, an invigilator can visit the trainee’s premises to conduct the exam for a small extra cost.
“Pass or fail we pride ourselves on the level of feedback we give, enabling trainees to focus on how they can improve even if they achieved a very high score in their exam,” says DGOT.
So far more than 1,000 people around the world have completed one of DGOT’s online courses and uptake continues to grow every month.
“We are proud to have achieved this in our first year and be able to call some of the world’s biggest names our clients,” says DGOT.