This programme is presented over four semesters and new entrants to the industry may complete the individual courses at a time that will suit them best. Each course is repeated at least once per term and combined with on-the-job experience, students will be able master these subjects at their own pace.

This air cargo training programme is aligned with IATA / ICAO and SACAA standards, designed to introduce the student to the world of air cargo (air freight) and forwarding in an interesting and participative way. The training programme offers a variety of courses to provide air cargo professionals with a solid foundation in accepting, handling and shipping all types of goods.

Designed for
Operational staff within airlines, freight forwarding and handling companies -
Commercial service staff who need to better understand the cargo market -
Recently recruited staff without previous formal training in air cargo -
Financial and Human Resources personnel -
Shippers who wish to better understand the transportation chain.

Prerequisites and learning assumed to be in place
No previous training or working experience is necessary for entry into the programme, but a working ability to understand, read and write in the English language is essential. Furthermore, the regular use of pocket calculators will be required throughout the courses.

Duration: 4 days
The Airfreight Introductory Course is designed for people who have just entered the industry or those who have not yet received formal training. The Airfreight Introductory Course takes into account a number of changes in the air cargo industry and the evolution of the industry towards the adoption of the Montreal Protocol.

How You Will Benefit
  • Make appropriate arrangements and reservations for international air cargo shipments
  • Calculate correct rates and charges for general cargo
  • Complete Air Waybills in accordance with applicable IATA rules and procedures

Course Content
  • Rates and charges; application of TACT Industry regulations; ICAO - IATA
  • The air cargo agency; The IATA cargo agent -The consolidator
  • World geography
  • IATA 3-letter codes
  • Time differences and calculation of transportation times
  • Use of Guides; the OAG Air Cargo Guide
  • Aircraft bulk loading limitations - Unit Load Devices (ULDs)
  • Handling facilities; aircraft and cargo terminal facilities
  • Air cargo acceptance
  • Cargo booking procedures
  • TACT (The Air Cargo Tariff) Rules and Rates
  • The Air Waybill; completion - labelling and marking

Prerequisites: None

Duration: 3 days

How You Will Benefit
  • Correctly quote the published rates and charges for cargo shipments
  • Apply advanced construction and combination principles for unpublished rates
  • Calculate appropriate rates and charges for mixed consignments and ULDs
  • Complete Air Waybills

Course Content
  • Review of basic cargo rating principles; The Air Cargo Tariff (TACT)-IATA areas and sub - areas -chargeable weight - rates and charges - Air Waybill completion
  • Currency regulations; conversion rates - rounding off procedures
  • Construction rates (general cargo, specific commodity and class rates)
  • Combination of rates and charges (international general cargo rates and class rates)
  • Mixed consignments; declaration of the goods - rating - Air Waybill completion
  • ULDs; definitions, specifications, classification and identification of ULDs - general rules governing the use of ULDs

Prerequisites: Air Cargo 1 or at least 1 year’s air cargo experience is recommended