Competency-based Approach to Dangerous Goods Training and Assessment (CBTA)

In the 2021-2022 edition of Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (TIs), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has updated the requirements of dangerous goods (DG) training and assessment for employees of shippers, freight forwarders, aircraft operators and handling agents from the categorization approach to the competency-based approach (CBTA), with a view to producing a competent workforce by providing focused training. In accordance with the TIs, these personnel must be trained in the requirements commensurate with their job functions and responsibilities. Such training must also include general familiarization training, function-specific training as well as safety training.

These changes have been given legal effect under the Dangerous Goods (Consignment by Air) (Safety) Regulations (Cap. 384A) and the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations, as Schedule 16 to the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 (Cap. 448C), and shall become mandatory from 1 January 2023.

For details of the CBTA, please refer to the following Dangerous Goods Advisory Circulars (DGAC):

DGAC 1/2022 - Introduction to competency-based approach to dangerous goods training and assessment (CBTA) (for employers of shippers, freight forwarders, aircraft operators and handling agents)

DGAC 2/2022 - Application for competency-based dangerous goods training programmes approval (for training organizations or employers establishing dangerous goods training programme for their own employees)