Online DOT & IATA Lithium Battery Training Course (49 CFR Parts 100-185

Shipping Batteries (IATA and DOT)

This DOT-IATA Lithium Battery Training provides detailed information on how to properly ship batteries by both ground (DOT) and air (IATA). Due to heightened concerns about battery safety, there are new regulations regarding lithium batteries and an increased emphasis on inspections and compliance. Our course will assist you in satisfying regulatory training requirements and teach you how to safely package batteries for transport.

This course is designed to meet the training requirements for both ground transportation (49 CFR 172.704) and transport by air (IATA Section 1.5). In addition, the course covers the requirements for Adequate Instruction for shipping section II lithium batteries (IATA Section 1.6). We cover the specific requirements for:

  • lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries;
  • lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries, contained in equipment or packed with equipment;
  • dry batteries (alkaline, Ni-Cd, etc.);
  • wet batteries (lead-acid, lead-alkali, non-spillable);
  • battery-powered vehicles and equipment.
Batteries containing sodium are not discussed in this course.

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR parts 100-185) include provisions for packaging, hazard communication (package marking, labeling, and shipping papers), and handling batteries and battery-powered devices. The purpose of these regulations is to protect the safety of people and property when batteries and battery-powered devices are being shipped. This course covers the training requirements for shipping batteries, including selecting the proper shipping name, marking and labeling, selecting proper packaging, and preparing shipping papers.

Shipping Batteries Training (IATA & DOT) Course Details

Lithium batteries and cells have made news in recent years for several instances of exploding while in transport, injuring people and damaging property. Although these batteries present hazards in certain conditions, they have become essential to the global marketplace, as they power the electronics many of us use every day. Therefore the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have created, and continued to refine, strict regulations for how such batteries must be handled during transport to avoid any safety incidents.

The lithium battery is a perfect example of an item many people use everyday that is categorized as a hazardous material according to the DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 173.185). In just two short contact hours, Eduwhere’s on-demand online training will instruct you in best practices for how to pack, label, and handle lithium batteries when preparing them for shipment. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of regulations regarding the shipment of lithium batteries to ensure that you know how to prevent electrical and chemical risks during transport.

You will come away from this class with an understanding of the best methods for monitoring and keeping records of lithium battery and cell shipments, as well as how to classify, package, mark, and label these shipments. You will learn about size restrictions for lithium batteries as well as emergency communication protocol. You will also find out how to dispose of or recycle used batteries and how to handle batteries that are damaged or have been recalled.

Course Fee
$190.00 USD


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

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Shipping More Than Batteries?
If you are shipping hazardous materials or dangerous goods other than batteries, we suggest you consider DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation if shipping by ground, or IATA Dangerous Goods if shipping by air.


  • Intro to DOT and IATA Regulations
  • Training Requirements
  • Penalties
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Types of Batteries
  • Battery-Specific Requirements
  • Selection of Proper Shipping Name
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Documentation (Shipping Papers)
  • Security Awareness Training

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s IATA & DOT Battery Shipping Training Class?

This training applies to any individual who:

  • Marks, labels, or otherwise prepares containers or packagings of batteries for transportation by ground or air;
  • Prepares documentation (Shipper's Declaration, Airway Bill, Bill of Lading) for batteries; or
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting batteries by ground or air.

Are You Responsible for Shipping Batteries by Ground or Air?

If your profession involves shipping lithium batteries or cells by ground or air, you must complete required DOT and IATA training in order to comply with agency regulations. Eduwhere’s IATA lithium battery training will fully prepare you for any contingency of transporting batteries whether by truck or aircraft. This training is especially important for employees who work in shipping and receiving.

After learning how to properly document, mark, label, and package shipments for transport, you will become confident in your ability to properly manage the shipping of lithium batteries. You will find out what restrictions are in place for air transport and gain knowledge of how to proceed in emergency situations.

You will learn not only about the regulations concerning lithium batteries, but also about other types of batteries classified as hazardous, such as wet batteries (lead-acid, lead-alkali, non-spillable); dry batteries (alkaline, Ni-Cd, etc.); and vehicles and equipment powered by batteries.

Are You Responsible for Handling or Shipping Lithium Batteries Contained in Equipment?

Personnel who are involved with lithium battery transport in equipment (e.g., battery-powered vehicles or electronic devices such as laptops and cell phones that run on lithium batteries) must complete DOT / IATA lithium battery training. This includes professionals who prepare Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous goods, package shipments of equipment containing lithium batteries, and apply marks and labels to packages containing lithium batteries.

Are You Responsible for Receiving Batteries Shipped by Ground or Air in Your Department?

The responsibility for safe handling of lithium batteries and cells rests not only with those who prepare and manage the shipment, but also with those who receive such shipments. All employees who are involved with ground or air transport of lithium batteries or cells, or other battery types categorized as hazmat, must complete DOT / IATA lithium battery training.

All employees involved with the transportation of batteries–whether preparing shipments, actively transporting them, or receiving them, must maintain proper protocol to avoid safety incidents.

Industries that Require HazMat 49 CFR Parts 100-185 Training

Personnel in a variety of industries are required to complete DOT / IATA lithium battery training. These include battery assemblers, cell and battery manufacturers, battery packers and shippers, and any other individuals who handle shipments of lithium batteries or other batteries categorized as hazardous.

Eduwhere’s online DOT and IATA lithium battery training will prepare professionals in a wide range of industries to safely and successfully transport lithium batteries and cells, whether shipped by themselves, contained in equipment, or shipped with equipment. You’ll gain a thorough knowledge of DOT and IATA regulations, learn the penalties for failure to comply with such regulations, be able to differentiate different battery types and corresponding safety requirements, learn best practices for choosing the proper shipping name and completing documentation correctly, and become aware of all security considerations concerning lithium battery transport.


Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:
  • understand and use the DOT and IATA regulations specific to shipping batteries;
  • properly label and mark containers of batteries for shipment;
  • complete Shipper's Declaration, Airway Bill, or Bill of Lading for battery shipments;
  • select proper packaging for batteries;


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

2 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: 49 CFR 172.704 and IATA DGR Section 1.5

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)]

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..."

How Often Does 49 CFR 172.704 and IATA DGR 1.5 Training Need to Be Updated?

The DOT requires employees who perform ground shipping to complete refresher training every three years. If you handle ground shipping only, this time frame is sufficient. However, if you also handle air shipments, you must complete refresher training every two years to fulfill IATA requirements per IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) section As regulations for air transport can change frequently, this time frame ensures that you stay up to date with the latest IATA requirements for lithium battery transport.

Refresher Training Required: Every 2 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your IATA & DOT Battery Shipping Training Classes?

For over 25 years, Eduwhere has provided quality on-demand hazmat training to busy professionals across a wide range of industries. We respect the fact that you are facing many competing demands for your time, so we make every effort to provide training that offers excellent on-demand online instruction. In just two contact hours, you can gain DOT and IATA lithium battery training at a time and location that works for you.

Accepted by the DOT, FAA, and IATA, this informative course will explain why lithium batteries are categorized as hazardous by the DOT and IATA and provide detailed information on proper packaging, labeling, and paperwork procedures and regulations. You will learn which aspects of safety the shipper assumes responsibility for when transporting lithium batteries and cells and other hazardous battery types. Finally, you’ll gain up-to-date knowledge of security, safety, and emergency procedures related to battery transport.

OSHA-authorized instructor Linda R. Taylor, PE brings over two decades of experience in environmental and industrial consulting, including with Progress Energy. A celebrated presenter of both live and online courses, she brings both hazmat expertise and teaching acumen to this class.

When you complete Eduwhere’s DOT / IATA lithium battery certification, you’ll receive a certificate, wallet card, and scoresheet indicating that you have completed compliance training in DOT and IATA regulations.

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.

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.