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An instrumental update – CASA DG certification music to my ears

"How long is my DG by Air certificate valid?"  Now that’s a very good question, and one that we frequently get asked.

You will notice that your new Airsafe DG air certificates show expiry dates at the end of the month, 2 years after your qualification has been renewed.

Australian legislation states that DG certificates are valid for two years from the date of completion of an initial DG course.  However, CASA has issued an instrument of exemption from the Regulations (CASA EX29/24) to extend the validity of Australian DG certificates to the end of the month of the 2nd anniversary after completing your DG course.  This brings Australian qualifications into line with international guidelines, and the International Civil Aviation Organizations (ICAO) Technical Instructions for the safe transportations of dangerous goods by air (ICAO TI) and subsequently, the International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR).

Actually, it’s not the first time CASA have issued such an exemption.  They issued an exemption to the same effect during Covid (to ease the DG training pain).  But we’ve been expiry dating your certs as per the Australian Regulations because we know everyone leaves doing these things to the last minute, and it gave us the flexibility to accept refresher assessments ‘til the end of the month in which your qualifications expired.

So how does it work?

E.g. You completed your Initial DG by air training assessment on the 09 July 2024.  Now your certificate is valid until the 31 July 2026.

There is still a three-month window before your qualification expires, and if you do your refresher/recertification course any time in that three-month window it adds an extra two years onto your original qualification. 

E.g. Your current DG cert expires 11 November 2024 You can complete your DG Refresher training any time from 01 September 2024 and your new certificate will still be valid until the 30 November 2026. 

(Confusing, isn’t it?  Yes, my head exploded when I first read it too.)

But be warned, if you let your DG qualification expire, then you’ll need to start again and do another Initial course.  So, book your Refresher today!

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