Online IATA Dangerous Goods Training: Initial & Refresher Training

IATA Dangerous Goods

Our IATA Category 1 Dangerous Goods training course has been designed with specific exercises related to the transportation of dangerous goods by air from a shipper's perspective. This IATA training course covers the fundamentals of shipping dangerous goods by air according to the IATA regulations. Our 10 step approach encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing dangerous goods for shipment by air. This course has been updated to include recent changes to the regulations, using the 65th Edition (2024) of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

This dangerous goods certification course is designed to help employers meet the requirements for IATA training as specified in Section 1.5 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations and 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants. This course does not cover the more detailed requirements for the shipment of radioactive materials under the IATA regulations.

Initial & Refresher IATA Training

This course serves as both your initial IATA dangerous goods training, as well as the required IATA refresher training. While the DOT requires dangerous goods refresher training only every three years, IATA regulations state that retraining should occur every 24 months, and most shipping organizations expect/require shippers to follow the IATA DGR training requirements. We recommend taking dangerous goods shipping training every 2 years to ensure compliance with all DOT and IATA training requirements as well as carrier certification requirements.

In order to follow along with the examples and exercises presented in the course, you must have access to a copy of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. If you are in need of an up-to-date version of the regulations, you can select to include the price of the book in your registration fee or call us at (919) 246-4847 to order a copy separately.
Course Fee
$245.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate, Wallet Card, Scoresheet
  • Accepted by: DOT / FAA, IATA

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Attention Medical Personnel
Many of our medical clients (clinics, hospitals, clinical trials, labs, doctor offices, etc.) find that our Shipping Infectious Substances course is better suited for their needs. If you only ship infectious substances and diagnostic specimens, we suggest you take a look at Shipping Infectious Substances before making your decision.


Introduction to Dangerous Goods
General Awareness
Step 1: Determine the Proper Shipping Name
Step 2: Determine if material is Forbidden in Aircraft under any circumstances
Step 3: Excepted Quantity Limitations
Step 4: Identify Appropriate Packing Instruction (Passenger or Cargo Aircraft)
Step 5: Apply the Appropriate Quantity Limitation
Step 6: Identify State & Operator Variations (Security)
Step 7: Select the Appropriate Packaging
Step 8: Ensure the Required Labels and Marks are Affixed
Step 9: Complete Shippers Declaration for Dangerous Goods
Step 10: Security Awareness & Safety

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s IATA Dangerous Goods Training Course?

According to IATA DGR 1.5, training is required for all persons who transport dangerous goods. The Eduwhere IATA Dangerous Goods Training Course includes specific exercises related to the transportation of dangerous goods by air from a shipper's perspective. Eduwhere’s training will guide you through the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which are published in order to provide procedures for the shipper and the operator by which articles and substances with hazardous properties can be safely transported by air on all commercial air transport.

Do You Load and Handle Dangerous Goods?

The Eduwhere IATA course provides the necessary training to enable a shipper to correctly prepare a consignment of dangerous goods for air transport and for a freight forwarder and airline/ground handling agent dangerous goods acceptance personnel to be able to verify, to the extent possible, that the consignment of dangerous goods complies with the requirements of the IATA DG Regulations.

Do You Prepare Containers for Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air?

The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations provide packaging instructions for all dangerous goods acceptable for air transport with a wide range of options for inner, outer and single packagings. The packing instructions normally require the use of UN performance-tested specification packaging, however these are not required when dangerous goods are shipped in Limited Quantities under the provisions of Limited Quantity “Y” Packing Instructions. The quantity of dangerous goods permitted within these packagings is strictly limited by the Regulations so as to minimize the risk should an incident occur.

Are You Responsible For the Safety of Transporting Dangerous Goods?

Anyone involved in the transportation of dangerous goods by air is required to participate in dangerous goods handling training. This includes any individual who:
  • Loads, unloads, or handles dangerous goods;
  • Marks, labels, or otherwise prepares containers or packagings for transportation of dangerous goods by air;
  • Prepares Shipper's Declaration for dangerous goods;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting dangerous goods; or
  • needs IATA Category 1 training.
If your company ships any dangerous goods, you may need training. Our IATA dangerous goods online course is designed to help you meet the IATA DGR training requirements for training and retraining.

Industries that Require IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Course

In 1953 the Member airlines of IATA recognized the growing need to transport by air, articles and substances having hazardous properties which, if controlled, could adversely affect the safety of the passengers, crew and/or aircraft on which they are carried. Experience in other modes of transportation had demonstrated that most such articles and substances could be carried safely provided that the article or substance was properly packed and the quantities of each package were properly limited.
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Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • understand and use the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations;
  • properly label and mark dangerous goods containers for shipment;
  • complete Shipper's Declaration for dangerous goods;
  • select proper packaging for dangerous goods;
  • understand general awareness and safety awareness;
  • develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments.


Linda R. Taylor, PE

Linda is the owner of Taylor Engineering, and a former faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 30 years of engineering experience working in industry, academia, and environmental consulting, including over 25 years at North Carolina State University. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, transportation, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer and an OSHA authorized instructor.

Ms. Taylor received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Hours

4 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

IATA Training Requirements

Citation: IATA DGR Section 1.5 and 49 CFR 172.704

Section of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations requires that:

"Recurrent training must take place within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current..."

US DOT's training requirements for shipping hazardous materials is located in 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. In addition to initial training [49 CFR 172.704(c)(1)], DOT requires "recurrent training" every 3 three years.

"A hazmat employee shall receive the training required by this subpart at least once every three years." [49 CFR 172.704(c)(2)]

Refresher Training Required: Every 2 year(s).

How Often Do You Need IATA Refresher Training?

IATA refresher training is required per section 1.5 of the DGR every 2 years. Eduwhere clients are offered a free email Training Reminder so that they are always up to date on their training requirements.

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your IATA Training?

Training is an essential element in maintaining a safe regulatory regime. It is necessary for all individuals involved in the preparation or transport of dangerous goods to be trained in the functions for which they are responsible. Depending on the job function this may entail only familiarization training or may also include more detailed training on the intricacies of the regulations. Eduwhere has over 30 years of experience providing IATA training to a global client base.
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Course FAQs

Good question. The DOT & FAA do not approve, sanction, endorse, or accredit either courses, instructors, or training providers. Perhaps the better benchmark to consider is that our courses are *accepted* by all relevant regulatory agencies, including the DOT & FAA. We have trained tens of thousands of clients over two decades, and our courses have not only survived but also thrived under the scrutiny of regulatory inspections.

IATA is a trade association. IATA publishes the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which provides a summary of shipping requirements, a comprehensive list of dangerous goods, and state & operator variations. IATA is not a regulatory agency nor does it have enforcement authority.

NOTICE: Eduwhere is not accredited, sanctioned, endorsed by, in partnership or affiliated with, the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The courses offered by Eduwhere are not accredited or otherwise approved by IATA and no IATA certificate will be issued by completing such courses.

Eduwhere provides a comprehensive certificate package for each student that includes a certificate of completion, scoresheet compliance document, and a laminated wallet-card. Inspectors find the compliance document particularly useful. Documentation is available for electronic download and a printed certificate package is also provided.

Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine what training is appropriate for their employees and their situation. If you ever have any questions related to training, please feel free to reach out to us by phone, email, or online chat and we'll be happy to help.
Yes it can, but making that determination is up to you, the employer. That's not always the answer people would like to hear, but it's based on the regulations. 49 CFR Part 172.702 requires that employers ensure their employees are "trained in accordance with the requirements prescribed in this subpart."
Having access to the DGR is incredibly important when shipping dangerous goods, and therefore extremely helpful while taking the course. One aim of the course is to show you how to use the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations book to prepare dangerous goods for shipment. We provide a PDF in the course to help you follow along with the course and examples.

We offer the book as a convenience to our customers, and the price includes shipping (2Day FedEx shipping service in the contiguous U.S., and book orders usually ship the same or next day). You can add the IATA DGR book to your order during the enrollment process to get our Course & Book Bundle deal (and if you’ve already enrolled but still need a book, you can call, email, or chat with us and we’ll be happy to add it to your order and ensure you get the bundle pricing). While we strongly recommend you purchase an IATA DGR book, you do not have to purchase it from us. The book is available for purchase at multiple online retailers.
Our online dangerous goods training course is designed to allow you to study at your own pace and at your own convenience. You can expect to spend approximately four to five hours working through the course, depending on your experience and previous training. Once enrolled, you can get started with your training immediately. You can come and go as your schedule allows, easily picking up where you left off. And we have a convenient online chat if you have any questions.

You have 180 days to complete the online course (and just let us know if you need a little extra time). However, since this is a dangerous goods compliance course, your employer will likely need you to complete your training quickly to maintain your dangerous goods certification.
We provide a training documentation package that includes a training certificate, a score sheet, and a laminated wallet card. Electronic copies of your IATA certification documentation and transcript history are kept on our servers and are available whenever you need them. You can download your documentation immediately upon completion of your dangerous goods course and receipt of payment.

You can also select our Go Green Initiative and opt out of printed certificates and choose electronic certificates and documentation. Printed certificate packages are available at no additional cost.

The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.