How Do You Obtain an IATA Certification?


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International Air Transport Association requirements for its diploma/certification programs typically include completion of four mandatory and/or elective courses within three years. The international air law diploma requires completion of four elective courses with a 70 percent score on all assignments and exams. IATA certification as a professional trainer requires three, four or six years of relevant full-time work experience along with a master's degree, a bachelor's degree or a professional diploma or certificate, respectively. Requirements vary by specialty.

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IATA's travel sales and operations diploma, a qualification program for travel agents, requires the purchase and completion of three courses, comprising IATA's managing the travel business curriculum, delivered in electronic format. Participants receive their diplomas upon successful completion of the 125-hour self-study program and exam within 18 months. Qualification as a travel and tourism consultant requires completion of a single nine-module course with a 60 percent score on the final examination.

Diplomas are also available in aviation security screening. This program requires completion, within a three-year period, of three mandatory courses, such as security checkpoint management, and one elective course, such as predictive passenger screening, with an 80 percent score on each exam.

IATA offers training and diploma programs in a number of sub-specialties within the categories of air navigation services, airlines, airports, cargo, corporate, ground services and travel agency.

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