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First in Africa: IATA Certifies Kenya Airways Pride Centre in DGT

Kenya Airways training facility, Pride Centre, has become first training facility in Africa to receive the Excellence certification from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for meeting Dangerous Goods Training requirements using a competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) approach.

Kenya Airways Pride Centre is the 7th training centre in the world to receive this certification.

IATA's CBTA Center program is a global certification program that recognizes organizations for meeting dangerous goods training requirements using a competency-based training and assessment approach.

Kenya Airways Pride Centre is currently the largest Dangerous Goods Training Provider in Kenya, and this certification is a stamp of recognition to the quality of training services KQ offers.

"The recognition of KQ Pride Centre as a global training facility of excellence is an endorsement and testament of the quality world-class training we offer that meets international aviation standards.

We are honoured to receive such global recognition and we welcome organizations, airlines and governments to take advantage of our expertise in Dangerous Goods Regulations training." said Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO.

Globally, IATA has specific guidelines and standards for shipping of dangerous goods by air. To regulate the industry, IATA allows training institutions to design & deliver endorsed training programmes in Dangerous Goods Regulations to freight forwarders, airlines and governments.

The CBTA Excellence accreditation is given to organizations that offer solutions and services to the industry for the development of competency-based training and assessment for dangerous goods under the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) – Appendix H.5.

“IATA congratulates KQ Pride Centre on achieving the IATA CBTA Center certification. This certification is proof of KQ Pride Centre’s commitment to offering Dangerous Goods training in line with the Competency Based Training approach for Dangerous Goods by air. The safe transportation of dangerous goods is a priority for the industry, with training being a crucial element.

The new IATA CBTA accreditation aligns with ICAO’s revised policy on training for the carriage of dangerous goods by air, providing a more meaningful format for future DGR training,” said Kamil Al Awadhi, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East.

To confirm the best industry standard, Kenya Airways Pride Centre was assessed on highest level of criteria including the training unit’s management system, policies, standards and procedures, training program, training plan, quality assurance program, training methods, training materials, training records, training personnel, facilities and technology for training, eLearning capability and systems, simulators, etc.

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