Global Aviation Training Office Activities
Assessments and recognition of training organizations
The GAT Office regularly conducts assessments of training organizations to analyse their capability to be recognized as TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (TPP) Members and to maintain their membership criteria. Assessments provide a clear and independent view of a training organization’s operations and highlight critical areas requiring improvements to management and civil aviation authorities (CAAs). In 2017, the GAT Office conducted a total of 30 assessments: 7 initial assessments of potential new TRAINAIR PLUS Members and 23 reassessments of existing TPP Members.
The TRAINAIR PLUS Programme (TPP), ICAO’s cooperative network of training centres, is implemented in 72 ICAO Member States. TPP membership is composed of 96 Civil Aviation Training Centres, nine of which joined in 2017. Members of TPP develop and share ICAO-recognized training packages that are listed in ICAO’s comprehensive GAT Catalogue.
Training programme implementation
ICAO-recognized training courses
In 2017, a total of 31 new ICAO-recognized training courses were integrated in the ICAO Training Catalogue and are now accessible to all TPP Members.
Participation of trainees in ICAO courses
Approximately 3 500 trainees successfully complete ICAO training courses on a yearly basis.
Training at ICAO Regional Offices
The GAT Office regularly conducts training in ICAO’s Regional Offices to provide greater access to States in the Regions. In 2017, the ICAO courses on International Air Law, Government Safety Inspector (GSI), and Safety Management for Practitioners were delivered with over 350 trainees benefiting from them.
Course development and training methodology
New ICAO Training Packages
The GAT Office launched the ICAO International Air Law and Post Training Evaluation (PTE) courses, developed by ICAO. The International Air Law Course enables representatives of CAAs, airports and air navigation service providers to support their organizations in compliance with international air law. The PTE Course trains personnel to develop a training effectiveness evaluation system and measure the impact of job performance based on the TRAINAIR PLUS PTE methodology.
Compliant Training Package (CTP)
In late 2017, the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) and the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine (IAASM) jointly developed and delivered an ICAO-recognized CTP, entitled Postgraduate Certificate in Aviation Medicine for Medical Examiners and Assessors.
Standardized Training Packages (STPs)
A total of 130 STPs have been developed since the inception of TPP, 26 of which were implemented in 2017, and all STPs are accessible through the TRAINAIR PLUS Electronic Management System, an online course library.
Training needs analysis
The Training Needs Analysis (TNA) tool was disseminated to States and TPP Members to assess training needs and improve the planning of training in aviation.
Airports Council International
In June 2017 ICAO and Airports Council International (ACI) formalized a new agreement supporting future cooperation on airport training. Under this new partnership, training programmes and specific courses will provide a range of aerodrome training services to ICAO Member States and ACI member airports. A Management of Airport Security Course was validated in October 2017.
Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business
In 2016, ICAO partnered with Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business to collaboratively establish a Management Certificate in Civil Aviation. The first certificate in Strategic Management was delivered in 2016 and is part of a triad of certificates, comprising Human Resources Management, which was delivered in April 2017, and Business Planning and Decision-making, delivered in November 2017.
Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile
In 2017, ICAO partnered with the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC) to establish a general framework for the development and delivery of training activities and educational programmes. This will consist of delivering a Master’s Programme in Aviation Safety Management.
Federal Aviation Administration (GSI Programme)
ICAO and FAA established a competency-based training programme that provides Government Safety Inspectors with uniform skills to perform their jobs in a manner consistent with the Convention on International Civil Aviation and its Annexes.
University of Waterloo
ICAO partnered with the University of Waterloo to create and offer certificates within an Air Transport System Training Programme. The introductory e-learning course, entitled Fundamentals of the Air Transport System, was launched at the ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Global Summit in November.
Customer satisfaction survey results
At the request of the Council of ICAO, an independent customer satisfaction survey on GAT activities, conducted by IPSOS, was performed in late 2017. The purpose of the survey was to assess customer feedback on training services provided by the GAT Office, with a view to improving its service delivery and State satisfaction, and subsequently report the results of the survey to the Council. Results from the survey provided overall satisfaction of 8.1/10 for TPP Members and 8.4/10 for Member States.
China training project
ICAO formalized an important agreement with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), entitled the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund Project, to support technical cooperation projects in developing countries and strengthen global aviation training activities. The project under this new agreement will consist of developing and delivering the Civil Aviation Authority Senior and Middle Managers Training Course (CAA SMMTC), funded by a grant of USD 2 million provided by the Chinese Government.