DOT HazMat General Awareness Training: Online 49 CFR 172.704 Hazardous Materials Awareness Certification Course

DOT General Awareness of Hazardous Materials

This DOT HazMat General Awareness Training Course provides general awareness training for hazardous materials transportation as required by the United States Department of Transportation. Participants will learn about U.S. and International regulations governing the transportation of hazardous materials, classification of hazardous materials, and security awareness requirements, all in accordance with the USDOT regulations.

The USDOT requires training for anyone who handles hazardous materials, including individuals who ship or receive hazardous materials, prepare hazardous materials for transportation, and load or unload hazardous materials.

The USDOT requires employees to receive general awareness, function specific, safety and security awareness training as part of a comprehensive hazardous materials program. This course covers the general awareness and security awareness topics required by 49 CFR 172.704.

At the completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate which includes the participants name, completion date, and copy of the test scores. The certificate includes the name and address of the trainer as required for recordkeeping.

This course is based on the requirements for general awareness training as specified in 49 CFR 172.704 (Subpart H), including testing of participants. While this course is meant to satisfy USDOT's general training requirements, it does not cover function specific training. DOT requires hazmat employees receive training at least once every three years.

DOT HazMat Training (49 CFR 172.704) Course Details

Eduwhere’s DOT Hazmat General Awareness Training provides students with a basic understanding of the different hazardous materials they may encounter in their work environment. The DOT requires employees with a wide range of job duties, as enumerated in 49 CFR Part 172, within the first 90 days of becoming employed in a position that affects hazardous waste handling or switching job functions in such an environment. In just 2 contact hours, students become informed about the variety of hazardous materials in their workplace as well as the security regulations that are associated with them.

Course Fee
$75.00 USD


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

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That I can do the course when I want and not at specific times. It fits in with my busy lifestyle.
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Need more than just General Awareness?

Our General Awareness course does not cover function-specific topics such as marking, labeling, packaging, completing shipping papers, etc. If you need more comprehensive training , we suggest you take a look at some of our other courses:


  • Introduction to Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • General Awareness and Familiarization
  • Training Requirements
  • Regulatory Overview
  • Compliance Process
  • Identification of Hazardous Materials
  • Hazard Classes
  • Packing Groups
  • Proper Shipping Names
  • Security Awareness

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s DOT HazMat General Awareness Training?

Anyone who offers or transports hazardous materials is required to receive training. This may include any employee who:

  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials;
  • Works in Shipping & Receiving;
  • Opens packages that may contain hazardous materials;
  • Is involved in the transportation of hazardous materials; or
  • Is responsible for safety or security of hazardous materials

Do You or Will You Handle Hazardous Materials?

Many employees across industries are not aware that they need to attain DOT general awareness hazmat certification because they are not directly responsible for the activity of hazmat transportation itself.

If you are involved in hazmat management at any stage–whether in storing materials, marking or labeling materials for shipment, loading or unloading materials, transporting materials, or opening materials, you must complete this basic training. The course is also required for individuals who create and repair hazardous waste shipping containers.

Does Your Job Require the Preparation of Hazardous Materials for Transportation?

To ensure compliance with DOT hazmat transportation regulations, all individuals involved in any stage of hazmat transportation–whether by air, ground, rail, or sea–must complete DOT hazmat general awareness training. This course covers the first of three areas in which training is required, the other two being function-specific training and safety and security training.

All job positions that require the packing, labeling, marking, loading or unloading, transporting, or opening of hazardous materials must attain DOT hazmat general awareness certification. Personnel who complete Eduwhere’s course will gain a strong foundation for working in hazmat handling, developing a broad knowledge base on the range of hazardous materials as well as the regulations that govern their storage, management, and transportation.

Do You Ship or Receive Hazardous Materials in Your Department?

If hazardous materials move in and out of your department, you need general awareness training if you are involved in these activities in any way. Eduwhere’s course will help you identify hazardous materials, become familiar with the security protocols associated with them, understand the various hazard classes and packing groups, and much more.

Upon completion of the Eduwhere hazmat general awareness course, you will receive a certificate, score sheet, and wallet card. Please note, however, that per 49 CFR 172.704(d) of the Hazardous Materials Regulations, your certification will not be complete until you take additional worksite-specific training as required by your employer. Your employer should keep detailed records of your training activities to issue formal certification.

Industries that Require the DOT Hazardous Materials General Awareness Training Courses

The DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) require any employee who aids in the shipping of hazardous materials at any stage to complete DOT hazmat general awareness training. This includes professionals in any industry in which hazmat is packaged, marked, labeled, transported, or loaded or unloaded. It also includes personnel who create or repair hazardous material containers.

Hazardous waste management is highly complex, involving many categories of materials and procedures. General awareness hazmat training is valuable because it introduces the student to the full scope of materials and paints an accurate picture of the level of care that management and regulation of such materials requires.

While this training provides an essential foundation for all employees involved in hazmat transportation, it does not provide comprehensive instruction on individual substances or procedures. This course provides a critical component of hazmat information, but a complete hazmat education will require the individual to take additional coursework.

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Upon completion of this online course, participants should have an understanding of:
  • training requirements for hazmat employes;
  • the Federal hazardous materials regulations, including the Hazardous Materials Table (HMT);
  • what makes something a hazardous material;
  • the nine (9) DOT hazard classes;
  • security risks associated with transportation of hazardous materials;


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 (Subpart H)

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)]

How Often Does This DOT HazMat Certification Need to Be Updated?

According to DOT 49 CFR 171.704, employees in hazmat transportation environments must attain DOT hazmat general awareness training within 90 days of beginning employment or changing job function within such an environment. The certification must then be renewed every three years.

Refresher Training Required: Every 3 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your DOT Hazardous Materials General Awareness Training Course?

Eduwhere’s DOT Hazmat General Awareness Training is an accessible, affordable overview of hazardous materials you may encounter in your workplace and the security regulations associated with transporting them. This course–along with accompanying training in function-specific hazmat handling and safety and security regulations–will prepare you to conduct tasks related to hazmat transportation with confidence and in compliance.

Your OSHA-authorized instructor, Linda R. Taylor, PE, will share her expertise from more than two decades of industry and environmental consulting and instruction on hazardous waste management. The former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's Industry Expansion Solutions, she is a celebrated teacher of both in-person and online courses.

After completing this course, you will be familiar with various hazardous materials, have an understanding of regulatory overview and compliance, know the different hazard classes and packing groups, be able to identify proper shipping names, and have an awareness of security procedures associated with various materials.

Courses can be taken at students’ convenience, at the time and location of their choosing. If several individuals at your site require training, we offer excellent group discounts.

For over 25 years, Eduwhere has been making online hazmat training available to professionals in a convenient and affordable format. Our excellent instructors are agency approved and share knowledge from decades of experience in industries that manage hazmat.

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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.