08.12.2020 – Doc 10148. ICAO Handbook for Cabin Crew Recurrent Training during COVID-19.Firstedition, 2020.
Restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), physical distancing and work place closures make it increasingly difficult for cabin crew members to complete the required annual recurrent training programme, mainly with regard to hands-on and simulated exercises such as donning of emergency equipment and participating in group drills. As the inability to complete these portions of recurrent training will result in a lapse of cabin crew qualifications (and licences, where applicable), a contingency plan should be implemented.
To alleviate the potential operational challenges faced by operators during the COVID-19 pandemic, States should consider options to extend the validity of cabin crew qualifications (and licences, where applicable) and allow alternative means for operators to provide recurrent training, using established regulatory approval processes. The development of online recurrent training programmes by operators can reduce the severity of operational training disruptions and enable a seamless transition when the normal operation of recurrent classroom (i.e. face-to-face) training programmes resumes.
The ICAO Handbook for Cabin Crew Recurrent Training during COVID-19 (Doc 10148) was developed to provide guidance to States on interim measures that can be taken by operators to modify their approved training programmes due to restrictions that have been put in place to mitigate the spread of infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides guidance that may be used to establish an online recurrent training programme, which can reduce the severity of operational training disruptions.