FAQ

Training

Yes, also with a VGB it is allowed to participate in the courses Employee Air Cargo, Employee Airport Supplies, Employee Flight Supplies, Controller and Security Advisor.

No, an issued VOG or VGB is a condition to participate in the training. An application is not sufficient, it can also be rejected.

The VOG may not be older than 5 years, the VGB may not be older than 3 years.

No, this is not OK. The VOG/VGB must be in the name of the employer on whose instructions the course is being followed.

You can take an exam 3 months before the expiration date of your certificate. If you take an exam within those three months, the old expiration date + 1 year will appear on your new certificate. So if your certificate is valid until April 1, 2000 and you do a refresher course on January 15, 2000 and you pass, your new certificate will be valid until April 1, 2001.

No, unfortunately this is not permitted. The Marechaussee states that the legal requirement that persons must remain trained must be interpreted as meaning that their training must remain valid over a continuous period. This means that there may not be two months of expired training in between. The consequence is that when your certificate has expired, the basic training must be followed again.

No, for the hazardous materials training courses (basic training Cat 6, refresher training Cat 6, the Awareness training courses Cat 10, Cat 11 etc) you can, if your certificate has expired, still participate in the refresher training course. In addition, once a certificate has expired no work may be carried out with hazardous substances in accordance with the law.

Yes, without a valid Cat 6 certificate you cannot participate in the IATA Class 7 training (transport of radioactive materials by air). It's even worse: your Radioactive Substances certificate is only valid if you also hold a valid basic Cat 6 certificate.

An IATA accredited school is a training institute that has chosen to have its training programmes for the transport of dangerous goods by air and the teachers who give these courses assessed for quality by IATA. This is a voluntary inspection. Where a company does not meet the quality requirements of IATA or is not interested in having its training programmes and teachers assessed against this international yardstick, it may not use the predicate IATA accredited school. The award is for one calendar year and we will have to re-assess our DG training programmes and teachers every year by IATA. In this way, we can also show our customers that PMT takes the quality of training courses and teachers seriously.

In the Netherlands, everyone has to take an exam according to the ICAO regulations. This is an internationally valid legislation. The exams are taken by training institutes that have been granted permission by the Ministry to take these exams on behalf of the Ministry. Obviously, PMT has this recognition. Because PMT is an IATA accredited school and has its training programmes assessed by IATA, students of PMT who pass the mandatory ICAO exam can register with IATA and receive an IATA registration and diploma. This does involve a fee. The IATA training, which we always refer to in common parlance, is followed by hardly anyone in the Netherlands. They are organised by IATA (see the back of the IATA manual or the IATA website) often in Miami, Acapulco or Singapore. Please note that you have to follow an IATA training and do an IATA exam. In the Netherlands it is a prerequisite that you have an ICAO certification to be involved in the transport of dangerous goods.

 

Control of cargo

PMT is open 24/7 from Monday to Friday to check your shipments, on Saturday and Sunday PMT is open until 02:00. However, it is advisable to contact Operations in advance to make an appointment.

X-Ray Screening

X-Ray screening, like other screening methods, checks whether there are any prohibited articles that could endanger aviation security in the consignment.

This is always difficult to indicate in advance, as every liquid has its own viscosity. Of one liquid you can easily check a 60L drum and of another liquid you can only check 25L for example. Because PMT has an E-Status for packaging and documenting dangerous substances, we can extract a lot of information from the MSDS.

Most X-Rays in use at Schiphol Airport have a source capacity of between 150 and 200 KeV PMT has a very powerful X-Ray with a source voltage of 320 KeV. Therefore, the penetrating power is much higher than that of the somewhat older types of X-Ray.

The tunnel width of our X-Ray is 180cm by 180cm and the maximum weight of the roller conveyor is 2500kg.

With some types of goods, it is not possible to "see" through the material (so-called Blackspot) when they are delivered in stacks. If we break the shipment down and put the individual parts through the X-Ray, then in many cases the shipment can be properly assessed.

Yes, several courses have to be followed (Air Cargo Controller, X-Ray Controller specialisation, specialised online practical training programme). After the successful examinations, the X-Ray viewer has to repeat the test every ½ year.

No, materials have a specific colour when they pass through the X-Ray. Interpreting the colours is one of the main tasks of the X-Ray viewer.

Explosive Detection Dogs

We currently have 20 teams, almost all handlers are in possession of 2 dogs.

DG (Dangerous Goods) are often packed airtight, which makes the dog (EDD) unsuitable. If the shipment is not airtight and poses no danger to the dog, the shipment can be searched using EDD.

No, the dogs stay with the handler until the dog (or handler) retires, the dogs always stay outside in a kennel with night shelter.

The dogs need their rest after 8 hours of work, after all, they are working dogs. Therefore, they need to be able to rest and not be taken into the family again to fulfil the role of playmate and companion.

The different types of shepherds have a naturally high prey drive, which is necessary for the continued search of the explosives. This does not mean that there are no other good dogs, but so far we have had the most success with the shepherds.

The training of a dog varies between 4 and 6 months, within this time the handler needs to have trained a minimum of 200 hours with the dog, to be allowed to take the exam. In addition, the handler also receives extensive training, both in theory and in practice.

Before they can be deployed, the team needs to do an exam under the supervision of the Royal Military Police (Kmar), this is a practical exam and a theoretical exam.

Every team will have to take an exam at least once a year, this is also done by the Kmar.