JAA TO is recognised by IATA and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management for Dangerous Goods Training



Schiphol-Rijk, The Netherlands. 31 August 2022 - In August 2022, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) accredited JAA TO as Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) Centre of Excellence. With this status achievement, JAA TO is the first training organisation in the Netherlands to receive the CBTA Excellence accreditation by IATA. 

This prestigious accreditation confirms that JAA TO’s Dangerous Goods training courses are not only benchmarked against and meet IATA’s Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) training provisions, it also attests that JAA TO’s training design and development methodology and best practices comply with IATA’s DGR guidelines for the development of Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA) for Dangerous Goods. With this recognition JAA TO is able to conduct training and provide support in the field of the transport of Dangerous Goods by air in accordance with the new ICAO and IATA CBTA requirements which will come into effect on 1 January 2023. 

The IATA CBTA Excellence recognition is the highest level of the three accreditations given to organisations offering solutions and services to the industry for the development of CBTA for dangerous goods in accordance with IATA’s DGR - Appendix H.5. 

Furthermore, JAA TO has completed the process of the Dutch Authorities - Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to become a recognized training institution for providing training and conducting examinations required for organisations to obtain a certificate for the transport of dangerous goods by air for both fields “General” and “Radio Active”. 

JAA TO CEO Paula V. de Almeida, MEd on the recognition a CBTA Centre of Excellence, comments: “Receiving this prestigious accreditation is a great milestone for the organisation and testimony to our dedicated work. We are proud for continuing to be pioneers and leaders, adding to our list of accreditations nothing less than the highest standards for Aviation Training Providers in the field of DGR” 

Dr. Alessio Quaranta, JAA TO Foundation Board Chair congratulates on the recognition: “Receiving the new IATA CBTA Excellence recognition is great news for the JAA TO. I congratulate the entire organisation on reaching this exceptional endorsement which enables it to achieve its mission of capacitating aviation professionals, now also in the field of the safe transport of dangerous goods by air”. 

Eric Schoonderwoerd, JAA TO Business Strategist and Relationship Manager, comments: “As ICAO recognised TRAINAIR Plus Platinum Excellence partner, JAA TO has an extensive experience in developing and delivering Competency Based Training courses. With the requirements for Dangerous Goods Regulation Training in accordance with the new ICAO Technical Instructions that will come into effect on 1 January 2023 and the two new accreditations, we have expanded our training and services portfolio with IATA recognised Dangerous Goods Regulations Training Courses and are accredited to support the Dutch “approval holders” in their training needs. As a CBTA Centre of Excellence, we also support them in the development of specific and customised programs.

Brendan Sullivan IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, said: “IATA congratulates JAA TO on achieving the IATA CBTA Center certification. This certification is proof of JAA TO’s commitment to offering Dangerous Goods training in line with the Competency Based Training approach for Dangerous Goods by air, which legally come into effect on the 01.01.2023. The safe transportation of dangerous goods is a priority for the industry, with training being a crucial element."




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About JAA TO

The JAA Training Organisation (JAA TO) is a Dutch non-profit Foundation and the Associated Body of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). JAA TO has a history of over 50 years training the aviation industry and national authorities on regulations in the air transport sector. JAA TO is the ICAO Platinum Training Centre of Excellence in Europe, Associated Body of ECAC, EASA-Recognised Ramp Inspection Training Organisation (RITO), a Dutch National Aviation Security Training Centre, a Dutch recognised Dangerous Goods Training centre, a leading Member of the EASA Virtual Academy and an IATA Dangerous Goods CBTA Centre of Excellence.

JAA TO schedules more than 300 training courses annually on topics such as safety, security, drones and management. Within the aviation community, JAA TO offers a platform to learn and exchange views on latest regulatory developments. In addition, JAA TO provides advisory services, knowledge solutions, training consultancy and assistance with capacity building for (aviation) training departments.