DOT General Awareness of Hazardous Materials

This 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.

Course Fee
$65.00 USD


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

For help call Toll-Free 866-523-9108

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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 Attend

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;
  • Is responsible for safety or security of hazardous materials;


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)]

Refresher Training Required: Every 3 year(s).

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.