FAQ

Training

Is a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) mandatory for participation in an Air Cargo Officer course, or can a Certificate of No Objection (VGB) be used to participate in the course?

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.

I have not yet received my Certificate of Good Conduct, but I have applied for it and I have proof of it. Can I now participate in the air cargo officer training?

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

How old can the VOG/VGB be to participate in the training?

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

I still have a VOG/VGB from another company or for working as a volunteer, is this also approved?

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

From what moment can I take the air cargo officer refresher course and how long is the certificate valid?

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.

Can an expired certificate be used to participate in the refresher courses for Air Cargo Officer/Airport Supplies/Air Cargo Supplies, Air Cargo Controller and Air Cargo Security Advisor?

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.

Does the requirement to follow a refresher course within the term of your valid certificate also apply to the dangerous goods training courses (the IATA training courses)?

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.

Is it a prerequisite that you have followed the basic training IATA Cat 6 (transport of dangerous goods by air) in order to be allowed to participate in the IATA air transport training?

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.

PMT is an IATA accredited school. What does this mean?

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.

What is the difference between the ICAO examinations for the transport of dangerous goods by air and the IATA examinations for these courses?

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

Until what time can I drop by to check my shipments?

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

What is the X-Ray looking at?

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

Which liquids and quantities of liquids can you check with the X-Ray?

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.

How is it possible that some shipments from other X-Ray service providers are rejected because they cannot see through the shipment, while this is possible with PMT?

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.

What are the maximum dimensions and weights that can pass through your X-RAY?

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

Why do some goods have to be broken when they go through the X-Ray?

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.

Do you have to take a course to operate an X-Ray?

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.

I am colour-blind, can I operate the X-Ray?

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

How many EDD teams are working at PMT?

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

Can the dog check DG (Dangerous Goods)?

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.

Do the dogs stay at Schiphol when the handler goes home?

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

Why do the dogs have to stay outside?

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.

Why does PMT use only shepherds for explosives detection?

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.

How long does it take for an explosives detection dog to become operational?

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.

How does the dog exam work?

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.

How long may an examined team remain deployed?

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