Course Name
DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation

Contact Hours: 4

Course Description
The course meets the requirements for training as specified in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants. This course does not cover driver training as required for each hazmat employee who will operate a motor vehicle.

Who Should Take This Course: Hazardous materials (hazmat) training now applies to any individual who:
  1. Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials
  2. Marks, labels, or otherwise prepares containers, drums, or packagings for transportation of hazardous materials
  3. Prepares hazardous materials shipping papers for transportation
  4. Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials.

Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • Locate and use the Federal hazardous materials regulations
  • Properly label and mark hazardous material containers for shipment
  • Complete Bill of Lading for hazardous materials
  • Select proper packaging for hazardous materials
  • Understand the vehicle placarding requirements
  • Develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments.

This course is intended to be completed at your own pace. Although not required, we suggest taking the modules in the order they are presented, particularly if you are new to hazardous materials transportation.

Each module contains text explaining the federal regulatory requirements with links to external web resources. And again, while not required, we suggest you explore each link to gain a better understanding of proper transportation of hazardous materials.

At the end of each module you will find a link to the exam for that module. Each user is required to complete the exam for each module to demonstrate participation in the course. Each exam is a series of multiple-choice questions. After selecting your answers for all questions in the exam, you must click the submit button to score the exam and record your results. You may take an exam as many times as you wish.
While there is no passing score requirement for this course, we suggest you use the exams to assess your understanding of the regulations.


  1. Module 1: Introduction to Hazardous Materials Transportation Background Training Requirements Other Regulatory Entities Regulated Parties Regulatory Structure Definitions Penalties for Non-compliance The Compliance Process Exam 1

  2. Module 2: Identifying Hazardous Materials Step 1: Identify and Classify the material Classes 1-9 Step 2 Determining the Packing Groups (PG) Step 3 Select the Proper Shipping Name Hazardous Substances Marine Pollutants Exam 2

  3. Module 3: Preparing Hazardous Materials for Shipment Step 4. Choosing an Authorized Package Packaging Exceptions Hazardous Waste Materials Steps 5 and 6: Apply the Required Markings and Labels (49 CFR 172.400 172. 301) Labeling Exceptions Marking Requirements (49 CFR 172.300) Exam 3

  4. Module 4: Shipping Papers, Emergency Response & Placarding Step 8 Preparing a Shipping Paper (49 CFR 172.202) Bill of Lading Waste Manifest Hazardous Substances Loading and Bracing Step 9 Emergency Response Information (49 CFR 172.600) Step 10 Placarding Requirements(49CFR 172.500) Exam 4