Advisory Body on Vocational Training (ABVT)

To keep up with our rapidly evolving economic environment and the introduction of advanced technical procedures such as e-commerce, e-freight and e-logistics, it is absolutely essential that the freight industry is able to rely on skilled and appropriately trained talent pool. Lifelong learning, which has been defined as “the systematic maintenance and improvement of knowledge, skills and competence throughout a professional’s working life”, is a pre-requisite for the industry’s success.

ABVT is the knowledge centre of professional education within FIATA and has been so since 1996.

ABVT has constantly worked to build up a solid reputation as a major contributor to the development of training in the freight forwarding industry. It operates as a knowledge champion in the international freight forwarding and supply chain management fields. ABVT has developed significant tools to maintain and elevate the standards of the industry:

  • The FIATA Minimum Standards to obtain the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding, the Minimum Standards to obtain the FIATA Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management and the FIATA Minimum Standards for Train-the-Trainer /Andragogy Fundamentals are used to benchmark the training programmes validated by ABVT.
  • A successful Validation entitles the National Association to deliver vocational training courses leading to the FIATA Diplomas by Vocational Training and Examination. Recently ABVT has developed a Validation Guideline to ensure the efficacy and efficiency of the process through which National Associations apply for validation of the training programmes.
  • ABVT is also involved in the renowned "Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award" enabling young professionals to benchmark their knowledge worldwide in writing a paper on a specific topic of the freight and logistics industry. The competition was launched in 1999 and is sponsored by TT Club and FIATA. The winners of the four regions (Africa/Middle East, the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe) are invited to the FIATA World Congress and the overall winner‘s prize is a package of professional training. 
  • Another instrument to implement and enhance training in developing countries is the FIATA Foundation - Vocational Training (FFVT) detailed information
  • Initial and recurrent courses are offered through a network of accredited ICAO/FIATA Training Centres, and successful completion is recognised by the issuance of a universally accepted ICAO/FIATA Certificate. Utilizing, ICAO's vast technical knowledge and regulatory experience, in conjunction with FIATA's global reach in vocational training. For more information, please click at the following link
  • The Singapore Logistics Association (SLA) donated its Airfreight Module to FIATA. This module will be offered to all Association Members in the second half of 2014. Note that, one of the FIATA Minimum Standards to obtain the FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding is the Airfreight Module. The Airfreight Module has been declared as a standard that is accredited by FIATA’s Airfreight Institute (AFI) and recognized by IATA Resolution 801 in its section on “Staffing Qualifications”. Consequently, all FIATA Association Member that have validated programs are therefore automatically offering a course that is accepted by IATA for agent’s accreditation. For more information contact Ms Verena Schaer.


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