The successful application of the regulations governing the transport of dangerous goods greatly depends on the awareness on the part of all involved persons of the associated risks, as well as on their understanding of the applicable regulations.
This can only be achieved if they attend appropriate basic training and periodical refresher courses. All training programmes have to be approved by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). In addition to the information provided on this page, upon request the FOCA will be pleased to provide detailed information concerning:
- Holders of a valid personnel category 6 certificate
- Consulting and training organisations
All requirements and checklists:
FOCA GM/INFO - DG Training Approval and Instructor Qualification (PDF, 1 MB, 01.11.2018)Provides comprehensive guidance on the requirements concerning DG training programmes and DG instructors
In early March 2020 the recommendations of the Dangerous Goods Panel were accepted by the ICAO Council.
The future regulations are already reflected in Appendix 4 of the 2019-2020 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions (ICAO TIs).
Doc.9284.20.Attachment 4 (PDF, 96 kB, 20.05.2020)
Note: this appendix has been accepted by the ICAO Council in an amended version.
These latest changes can be viewed in the attached Appendix B Agenda item 2 of the DGP report.
DGP.27.WP.049.Appendix B_Agenda item 2.en (PDF, 159 kB, 20.05.2020)
Note: the binding wording will be the published in the edition of the ICAO TIs 2021-2022.
All changes to the ICAO TIs approved by the Council will take effect on January 01, 2021.
However, in view of the very short lead-time (the ICAO TIs 2021-2022 will only be published in autumn 2020), ICAO allows for a transition period until December 31, 2022 for the introduction of these new training regulations.
Dangerous goods training can therefore be carried out in accordance with the training regulations of the ICAO TIs 2019-2020 until December 31, 2022. Obviously, all other amendments to the TIs 2021-2022, to which no transition period applies, will have to be considered.
For its part, FOCA will examine the effects of this system change on the approval and surveillance requirements.
Examinations for obtaining a training licence in accordance with Article 16a, paragraph 3 of the Swiss Federal Air Transport Ordinance (LTrV)
Examination regulation DG
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