IATA Dangerous Goods

Our IATA 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 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 60th Edition (2019) of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

The course is designed to help employers meet the requirements for 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.

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.

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Course Fee
$215.00 USD


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  • 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.
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Who Should Attend

Dangerous Goods training applies to 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;


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.


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


Linda R. Taylor, PE
Ms. Taylor is a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and is the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 20 years of engineering experience working in industry and environmental consulting, most recently with Progress Energy. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is 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.

Training Requirement

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).

Course FAQs

No. To our knowledge, neither the FAA nor IATA reviews or evaluates online training courses (and neither does the US DOT). In fact, the FAA will not evaluate any training courses of any kind from any provider (this includes online, classroom, computer-based, etc). IATA does, however, offer a designation called the IATA Endorsed Training School, and these endorsed training schools often advertise their courses as "IATA Approved". We are not an IATA Endorsed Training School. In order to be an endorsed school, the course must be three days long and include training on radioactive materials. Our courses do not cover radioactive materials. According to the IATA website:

"IATA's endorsed training school program is [sic] scheme whereby training schools submit their course material to IATA for review... There is no requirement that training be obtained from an Endorsed School."

We find it interesting that they choose the term "scheme" to refer to their program.
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."

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.