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Industry Webinar Topic 3 - Evidence-Based Training / Competency-Based Training & Assessment (EBT/CBTA) - 27th May 2021

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Evidence-Based Training / Competency-Based Training & Assessment (EBT/CBTA) protocols are being implemented worldwide; ICAO, IATA and EASA have provided guidance and regulatory material, but still a lot of questions and uncertainties exist.

One main question: is there too much guidance in the EBT world? With EASA leading the industry in setting safe frameworks for EBT, some fear that it may become very complicated and overly prescriptive, with the risk of falling into the old trap of rigid, compliance-based training instead of performance-based (competency) training. The introduction of EBT/CBTA will therefore perhaps imply significant changes in the way oversight is done (e.g., performance-based oversight principles) to mitigate such a devolution of CBTA principles.

For some countries, cultural background may undermine grading and effective feedback. The solution here might be to accept a prescriptive CBTA initially, and slowly shift to a performance-based program as experience and confidence grows (similar to the mixed-EBT approach).

EBT for small operators is another issue. Does it make sense to go through the heavy paperwork for an operator with only two or five airplanes? While it may seem attractive to keep it simple, it might be better to make an effort at the beginning instead of fixing problems later, especially when it comes to implementing core principles of CBTA and performance-based training.

Academies are, contrary to airlines, looking for more guidance in CBTA, especially in the realm of practical flight training. It is expected that this guidance will be developed as experience from recurrent (EBT) training trickles down to ab initio and type-rating training.

Training device manufacturers need to develop instructor operating stations (IOS) adapted to EBT/CBTA training and scenarios, facilitating the integration of dynamic, competency-based syllabi into the IOS.

Overall, much work still to be done: ensure that EBT fundamentals remain understood and in place in expanding regulations, find solutions for small operators, adapt simulators to better assist instructors in CBTA, and close the gaps in the training pipeline running from ATOs to airline operators.

Come and participate in the CAT Leader Forum webinar that will discuss with industry leaders all these aspects.

Join us on 27th May where our experts present the working group summary on Evidence-Based Training, corresponding regulatory guidance, key insights, and recommendations, and conclude with an open Q&A session. Register here.

About the series:
Earlier this year, Civil Aviation Training (CAT) magazine, held a Heads of Training online meeting to discuss the “HoT” topics facing the airline training community in Europe. CAT recognizes the need to continue this discussion as it is of utmost importance to our industry. With a select group of stakeholders, we will further address the six critical matters on the regulatory and airline horizon in a series of workshops and webinars.


Webinar Date

Skills Decay

7th April 2021

XR Emergence

29th April 2021

Evidence-Based Training/Competency-Based Training & Assessment

27th May 2021

Big Data

1st July 2021


29th July 2021

Remote Learning


Some of these topics have been with us for multiple years; others are more recent or have become more disruptive to airline training because of the pandemic.

Subject matter experts invited by CAT will discuss these topics in greater depth via a series of working groups. Each session will focus on understanding an individual topic in greater depth, assessing the impact on the industry, and raising awareness or recommending a course of action.

The output of these workshops will be showcased in a series of interactive thought-leadership webinars open to the entire airline training community. 

Places are limited to 300.

Halldale members are guaranteed a place, along with all post-event recordings and full reports. To become a Halldale member click here.

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