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What it CBTA?

CBTA (“Competency based training and assessment”) is mandatory from 01 January 2023 – training by training categories (TCs) is no longer possible.

The goal of competency-based training and assessment is to produce a competent workforce by providing focused training.

It does so by identifying key competencies that need to be achieved and establishing assessment tools to evaluate their achievement.

Basis for CBTA

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

  • ICAO Doc 9284 – Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
  • ICAO Doc 10147 – Guidance on a Competency-based Approach to Dangerous Goods Training and Assessment

German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt / LBA) – Nachrichten für Luftfahrer (NfL)

  • NfL 2022-2-713: Bekanntmachung über die Beförderung von gefährlichen Gütern im Luftverkehr und die Anforderungen an die Schulung der betroffenen Personen

New opportunities

By switching to CBTA, it is now possible to carry out individual training and assessments for personnel for whose tasks and activities they are responsible.

For this purpose, an analysis of the training needs must be carried out, but this also results in new responsibilities for the employer.

Responsibility of the employer

Operators and employers must establish dangerous goods training programs for their personnel which duties are related to the transport of dangerous goods by air.

The training needs depend on the job function and must be analysed and determined before the training is carried out. This is achieved and documented by a training needs analysis.

For the analysis of training needs, we have developed the following documents in accordance with ICAO Doc 10147 (Guidance on a Competency-based Approach to Dangerous Goods Training and Assessment):

  • Dangerous Goods Training Needs Analysis Form according to CBTA
  • Dangerous Goods Knowledge List
  • Dangerous Goods Task List

The analysis of training needs must be carried out and documented before the start of training and can be used for individuals or for job functions within the company (e.g. Pilots, flight attendants, security personnel, etc.).

Well-defined roles

ICAO Doc 10147 describes recommended knowledge and tasks lists for well-defined roles.

On this basis, the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA) has published modules A to T for dangerous goods training according to CBTA.