Dangerous Goods/Hazmat Training

Whether you ship by land, air, or sea – or all three – we offer the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials certification training you need to be safe and stay in compliance.

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If you ship anything classified as Dangerous Goods or Hazmat, from common lithium batteries to explosives — and anything in between — your staff needs proper training with a certificate of completion for employer certification. No exceptions!

Fortunately, DB Schenker provides training solutions to help you satisfy hazardous materials training requirements for any mode of transportation. We offer both initial and recurrent courses in a variety of settings (see below for course offerings).

Need help managing DG compliance paperwork? Learn about our Dangerous Goods/Hazmat Declarations and Packaging Online Application.

Three Convenient Training Options to Serve You

We offer three easy ways to get your staff trained and certified:

Online DG Training
Our online Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials Training solutions allow students to satisfy hazardous materials training requirements at their own convenience and pace.

This economical solution is perfect for when you want to train at your own pace, or if you need to get a handful of students certified who are on different schedules. Just select the training you need, pay and login.

Live Webinar Programs
Customized Dangerous Goods/Hazmat Webinar training allows for a combination of online training along with real-time feedback and guidance, tailored to your needs, provided by one of our certified instructors. It can be customized for any course.

Our webinar programs allow you to save time and travel costs when you have employees spread across multiple locations.

Instructor-Led Programs
For those who prefer in-person training in a classroom setting, DB Schenker can arrange for one of our experienced, certified instructors to conduct any of our courses on-site at your place of business, or off-site.

Instructor-Led Programs are ideal for those who prefer personalized, one-on-one training, or if you need to get several employees certified at once.

Dangerous Goods/Hazmat Training and Certification Courses

We offer a full line of dangerous goods/hazardous materials training courses. Our courses provide students with the latest regulatory information to help keep you on the right track of hazmat safety, and make learning easy with interactive exercises and quizzes. Our courses are designed by certified instructors with years of experience in the hazmat shipping industry. We incorporate the most recent requirements for land from Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR), for air from the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, and for sea from the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Regulations.

Initial & recurrent Dangerous Goods/Hazmat training modules include:

  • IATA Dangerous Goods by Air
    Courses are based on current IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, including proper identification, classification, documentation, labeling, marking, safety, placarding and packaging of dangerous goods to be shipped internationally by aircraft.

    Online Courses | Webinar & Instructor-Led Courses

  • IMDG Dangerous Goods by Sea
    Courses are based on current IMDG Regulations regarding the proper identification, classification, documentation, labeling, marking, safety, placarding and packaging of dangerous goods to be shipped internationally by vessel.

    Online Courses | Webinar & Instructor-Led Courses

  • 49CFR Dangerous Goods by Land
    Courses are based on current 49 CFR DOT Regulations for the proper identification, classification, documentation, labeling, marking, safety, placarding and packaging of hazardous materials to be shipped within the United States by highway.

    Online Courses | Webinar & Instructor-Led Courses

  • Lithium Batteries Training
    This course provides supplementary training to participants involved with shipping, receiving, handling and storage of lithium batteries by Ground, Air or Vessel Transport. Such training is based on the applicable regulations (49 CFR, IATA DGR, and IMDG Code, respectively).

    Online Courses | Webinar & Instructor-Led Courses

  • Multimodal Training
    Do you ship by more than one mode of transportation? Save money by taking courses which combine transportation modes. We offer Complete Online Initial and Recurrent courses which contain all modules for 2 or 3 modes at significant savings over the combined cost of single mode courses. These courses cover all functional areas of training required under the regulations.

    Online Courses | Webinar & Instructor-Led Courses

  • Dangerous Goods General Awareness & Security Awareness
The content reviewed covers the DG Basic Awareness and DG Security requirements. These courses are intended for employees of companies which handle any hazardous material type, who need an awareness of hazardous materials, in order to satisfy the requirements of Paragraph 172.704(a)(1), Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations

    Online Courses | Webinar & Instructor-Led Courses

  • And more…
    Have specialized Dangerous Goods/Hazmat training needs? Click here to inquire about additional training options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register for an account before using online Dangerous Goods Training?
Yes, to maintain compliance with Hazardous Materials Training regulations, an account is required. Registration is incorporated in the checkout process for your convenience.

Once I have completed the courses, when do I receive my training certification?
Training certificates are issued electronically via PDF once a dangerous goods training course has been successfully completed online, as long as the account remains in good standing.

Who is considered a “hazmat employee”?
A hazmat employee is any of the following:

  • A full-time, part time, or temporary employee of a hazmat employer who, in the course of his/her work, directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety
  • A self-employed worker (including owner-operators of motor vehicles, vessels, or aircraft), transporting hazardous materials in commerce, who in the course of such self-employment directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety…

This term includes an individual, employed on a full time, part time, or temporary basis by a hazmat employer, or who is self-employed, who during the course of employment:

  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials;
  • Designs, manufactures, fabricates, inspects, marks, maintains, reconditions, repairs, or tests a package, container or packaging component that is represented, marked, certified, or sold as qualified for use in transporting hazardous material in commerce.
  • Prepares hazardous materials for transportation;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials;
  • Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.

What if I don’t ship hazmat often?
There are no exceptions to the rule. If you ship or transport anything considered a hazardous material of any quantity and of any frequency, you must be trained. Updated records of your training must be kept and available upon request.

What’s the difference between Domestic and International hazmat training?
Domestic shipments of hazardous materials within the United States must comply with Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR) or commonly known as the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). If hazmat shipments are being transported by air or ocean internationally, applicable regulations from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) may apply respectively. Both IATA and IMO regulations have their own training requirements in addition to the 49 CFR.

How do I become hazmat certified? How do I get hazmat certification?
After enrolling and completing a DB Schenker online hazmat training course, you will receive a certificate that meets record keeping requirements for trained hazmat employees [49CFR §172.704(d)]. This certificate will include:

  • Name of the hazmat employee trained
  • Training completion date
  • Materials description used to meet training requirements
  • Training provider name and address
  • Certification that training and testing has been successfully completed

Each course consists of one or more modules, comprised of a lesson and exam. The student will be awarded a Certificate of Completion once all modules are successfully completed and payment has been received.

Who needs dangerous goods / hazmat training?
Any company performing any function regulated by the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) is required to provide for training according to a mandate from the U.S. Department of Transportation. This includes any company that performs any of the following:

  • Offers hazardous materials for transportation
  • Packages, marks or labels hazardous materials for transportation
  • Loads or unloads vehicles use to transport hazardous materials
  • Transports hazardous materials
  • Receives and forwards shipments of hazardous materials
  • Manufactures packaging used to transport hazmat
  • Tests for hazmat packaging

Hazmat employers are responsible for training each hazmat employee. This requirement pertains to businesses of any size — sole-proprietors, partnerships, corporations, etc. — there are no exceptions to this rule.

How often is dangerous goods / hazmat training required?
New hazmat employees and hazmat employees who undergo a change in job function must complete initial training within 90 days of employment or change in job function [49CFR §172.704(c)(1)]. Recurrent training must be completed at least once every three years [49CFR §172.704(c)(2)].

Some modes of transportation and other countries may have shorter time frames where initial and recurrent training must be completed (e.g. IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for transporting hazmat by aircraft requires recurrent training at least once every two years [IATA DGR]).

What types of fines and penalties can result from not following hazmat rules?
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) conduct unannounced inspections regarding the activities of transporters of hazardous materials.

If the inspection finds that your business does not meet the proper requirements for hazmat training, your business may be subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.

Penalties Per Violation 49 CFR §107.329

Proper hazardous materials training helps ensure compliance with the regulations for transporting hazmat to avoid these civil penalties, and the safety of hazmat employees and everyone involved throughout packaging and transportation.

All courses provided by DB Schenker Online Training meet regulatory guidelines for training outlined in 49 CFR §172.704.

What is not covered in these training?
Bulk, Class 7, Division 6.2 and Product Specific are not covered in these trainings.