2 Years
Year 1 109,000 Year 2 68,750
*** Fees are subject to change. Students will be notified of the actual course fees when they are issued the Letter of Acceptance.

Embakasi Campus
Course Description

The Air Cargo Industry is involved in the Transport of over 52 million tons of cargo annually. To prepare yourself to work in this industry one needs to be equipped with this comprehensive training. One u will learn about basic IATA cargo rules and procedures, how freight forwarders and airline cargo units operate, as well as the units listed below.

The course is also designed for freight forwarder staff who either have no prior DGR training or who have not updated their training during the past 24 months. It fulfills both the ICAO and IATA training requirements and qualifies the learner to handle and process dangerous goods for carriage by air.

 The course is also intended for persons who have responsibility for rating and marketing of international air cargo shipments in accordance with the applicable IATA rates and regulations as contained in The Air Cargo Tariff (TACT).


Mode of Delivery

It will be a class setting theory training and applied practical training. Instructors of different subjects will be guided by the teaching manuals (Standard Training Programme) provided for each course level. 

Teaching manuals shall consist of the following:

  • Course outline
  • Course content
  • Schemes of work
  • Lesson plans (optional); respective instructors may make their own
  • Instructional notes
  • Appendices for aids/handouts 
Entry Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements that one (citizen or non-citizen) shall have before being admitted into the Air Cargo Management Class:

  • Secondary school level or its equivalent with a KCSE mean grade of C- (Minus) or its equivalent. 
  • A good understanding of written English, world geography, and basic mathematics are essential.
What You Will Learn

Course Objectives

  • Guide clients on the Airline rules and procedures for air freight shipments
  • Arrange air cargo shipments in accordance with Air Transport rules and procedures
  • Apply published rates and charges for air cargo shipments
  • Apply the Airline DGR to common work situations  
  • Understand related legal aspects and responsibilities of shippers, agents and airlines
  • Identify dangerous goods permitted for transport and their DGR categories
  • Pack, mark and label dangerous goods
  • Complete a Shipper’s Declaration for dangerous goods
  • Quote the published rates and charges for general cargo as well as for all consignments qualifying for class rates and specific commodity rates; 
  • Apply advanced construction and combination principles for unpublished rates; 
  • Calculate the appropriate rates and charges for mixed consignments and unit load devices (ULDs).
  • Complete relevant air waybills to a high degree of accuracy in accordance with the applicable Air Transport rules and procedures. 
  • Identifying the needs of the shipper and the consignee and developing an efficient and reliable transportation system that can be sold at an attractive price. 
  • Describe pricing strategies and why and how they are used. 
  • Use the total distribution cost analysis method. 
  • Describe how to report aircraft damage
  • Describe the characteristics of safety awareness
  • Describe the importance of smooth reception, processing and delivery of baggage
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of the committees and authorities involved in baggage handling.
Who Should Attend

This course has been designed primarily for the commercial and operations staff of international air cargo agents but will also be useful to: 

  • Newcomers to the industry
  • Airline and manufacturer sales, reservations, and acceptance staff
  • Junior-level managers at cargo agents, airlines, and manufacturers
  • All sales and marketing staff of cargo agents and air freight forwarders (consolidators) 
  • The sales, reservations, and acceptance staff of airlines, airport handling, and surface    transportation companies.
  • Shipping department staff of manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, and exporters; and 
  • Junior and middle management staff of cargo agents, airlines, and manufacturers who wish to  
  • Expand or refresh their knowledge of current international air cargo rating and marketing procedures. 
Learning Activities

Applied Practical Training  

Instructors are required to prepare and conduct practical classes in the Aviation Security laboratory provided by the institution. This will help the learner to get the touch of the skill. These practical lessons shall include but not limited to:

  • Identification of Commodities Considered Hazardous
  • Screening of Various Dangerous Goods
  • Proper Marking and Labelling of Dangerous Goods Packages Among Others

Educational excursions and field trips

Every course shall have one planned, budgeted and organized educational excursion in the third term. This shall be over and above excursions by respective instructors. These will be assessable exercises contributing 20% to the final Examination. The excursions shall be guided by checklists and questionnaires which will be provided for in the teaching manual as appendix. Students shall be required to hand in the checklists and questionnaires to the Head of Training for assessments.

Industrial Attachment 

OJTs shall be mandatory for all students during the fourth term of training. The student shall be attached to air operators or any other suitable Cargo Handling organizations.  This exercise shall also be guided by questionnaires and / or checklists. The personnel supervising the attachee shall be required to sign on the checklist per day or per duties undertaken.