HAZMAT SHIPPING TRAINING

per 49 CFR, Including DOT, IATA and IMDG Regulations

In the U.S., 49 CFR regulates all hazardous materials shipments.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for enforcing 49 CFR.  Within DOT, there are a number of agencies responsible for ensuring specific parts of 49 CFR are being followed, including PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Security Administration), FAA (Federal Aviation Administration –which defers to international IATA regulations), FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), FRA (Federal Railroad Administration), and various state agencies with authority to enforce DOT regulations. 

See more details about each of our classes and our schedule below!

DOT Hazmat Transportation Package

DOT Training

DOT training is for anyone and everyone participating in pre-transportation functions for the shipping of hazardous materials by ground, including those signing hazardous waste manifests.

DOT training meets the following training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704 (a): Awareness, Safety, Security Awareness and Function-Specific training for anyone who may prepare and offer or transport any hazardous material or hazardous waste in commerce by ground transportation.  Note, this course does not include discussion of hazard classes 1 and 7, but we can include that function-specific training in our onsite classes.

Refreshers are required every 3 years.

IATA Air Hazmat Shipping

IATA Training

For anyone participating in any portion of shipping hazardous materials by air, including shipping packages by overnight carriers.  This course meets the regulations of lATA DGR 1.5.2 Category I Personnel.

This class includes General Awareness/ Familiarization and Function-Specific detailed training for anyone who may prepare and offer any hazardous material in commerce by air transportation. This course only includes limited discussion of radioactive material. 

Refreshers are due every 2 years and this course is for new and refresher students.

IMDG Hazmat Transportation containers

IMDG Training

For anyone participating in the shipping of hazardous materials by vessel who directly loads shipping containers or sends materials to be put into shipping containers by a third party.

Remember, for some shipments to locations such as Hawaii, Alaska and river barges along large rivers such as the Mississippi, shipping containers are used to transport hazardous materials.  This course meets the following training requirements of the IMDG Code 1.3: Awareness, Safety, Security Awareness and Function-Specific training. This course only includes limited  discussion of radioactive material.

Refreshers for IMDG are due every 3 years.

iSi’s IMDG class is for both new and refresher students. Learn more about IMDG requirements.

schedule of upcoming classes

Schedule of Upcoming Classes

Many of our hazmat courses have their own event pages, so for more information about each specific class, click on the Register link next to the date you’re interested in and it’ll take you to that course’s event page.

Our online training is instructor-led.  Unlike other online training classes, we include lots of hands-on work with the regulatory books (49 CFR/IATA manual/IMDG manuals) to help make sure that after the class is over, you’ll know where to go in the regulatory books to figure out how to ship a certain item and how to find answers to questions.  We do the same thing in our in-person classes.

*A Note About Late Registration Pricing:  Because of the amount and weight of course materials for these classes and the need for expedited shipping, online class registrations received a week or less before the class date will be charged the “late” rate.

Wichita, KS [2022]

DOT:
In-Person, $595:
Nov. 8-9  Register

Online, $595/$650 late:
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

DOT Refresher:
In-Person, $375:
Dec. 7 Register

Online, $375/$425 late:

Dec. 14  Register

IATA:
In-Person, $595:
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

Online, $595/$650 late:
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

IMDG
:
In-Person, $725:
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

Online, $725/$775 late:
No additional classes scheduled for 2022 – Request onsite/online pricing

Tulsa, OK [2022]

DOT:
Online
, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

DOT Refresher:
Online, $375/$425 late

Dec. 14  Register

IATA:
Online, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022 – Request onsite/online pricing

IMDG:
Online, $725/$775 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022 – Request onsite/online pricing

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Atlanta, GA [2022]

DOT:
Online, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

DOT Refresher:
Online, $375/$425 late
Dec. 14  Register

IATA:
Online, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

IMDG:
Online, $725/$775 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

Omaha, NE [2022]

DOT:
Online
, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

DOT Refresher:
Online, $375/$425 late

Dec. 14  Register

IATA:
Online, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022 – Request onsite/online pricing

IMDG:
Online, $725/$775 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022 – Request onsite/online pricing

 

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Kansas City [2022]

DOT:
Online, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

DOT Refresher:
Online, $375/$425 late
Dec. 14  Register

IATA:
Online, $595/$650 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

IMDG:
Online, $725/$775 late
No additional classes scheduled for 2022Request onsite/online pricing

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who Needs DOT Training?

Anyone who performs the following pre-transportation functions of shipping hazardous materials needs to have training:

  • Transports hazmat in commerce or causes hazmat to be transported in commerce.
  • Represents, marks, certifies (signs off on manifests or paperwork), sells, offers, accepts, reconditions, tests, repairs or modifies packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat.
  • Signs off on hazardous waste manifests, even if the hazardous waste disposal company does all the manifesting, labeling and placarding for you.
  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazmat.
  • Tests, reconditions, repairs, modifies, marks or otherwise represents packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat (i.e., makes packages, labels them or determines they are proper for shipping hazmat in).
  • Prepares hazmat for transportation (anyone packaging the materials or filling out/typing paperwork, such as administrative assistants who help).
  • Writes dangerous goods stowage/unloading plans or enforces hazmat compliance laws.
  • Forwards freight and accepts/transfers/handles/unloads cargo, mail or passengers from planes.
  • Screens baggage, cargo or mail.
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazmat or operating a vehicle used to transport hazmat.
  • Packages hazmat for, loads, or arranges for hazmat shipments into cargo containers, even if a freight forwarder is actually doing the shipping.
What happens if I miss my annual refresher?

You cannot ship any hazardous materials until you have had refresher training.  DOT and IMDG refreshers are required every 3 years.  IATA refreshers are required every 2 years.  With these refreshers, dates do matter so make sure your refresher training is completed on or before the anniversary date on your last certification. 

What's the difference between DOT, IATA and IMDG?

DOT (49 CFR) is for shipments of hazardous materials which will go by ground methods, that is, by truck or train.  IATA is for hazmat shipments which will be sent by air, such as overnight packages or shipments to other countries.  IMDG is for shipping by vessel, or ship. Besides other countries, this would include shipping materials to Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico where the packages were not going by airplane.

Please note, if you have someone else ship your hazardous materials for you, such as a hazardous waste disposal company who picks up your hazardous waste drums, or having a freight forwarder load shipping containers for you, you are still the official shipper of record and your personnel still need to be trained as if they were sending it themselves.  Your employees need to be able to ensure the company transporting your materials are doing it correctly.

Know what your company is shipping and be on the alert for hazardous materials because many customers have not realized they were shipping hazardous materials when they actually were.  Items such as patch and repair kits that have glues or paints are considered hazmat, as well as fire extinguishers, items with lithium ion batteries in them and engines with trace amounts of fuel left in them can be considered hazardous materials.

What is FAR Part 145 Training?

Per 14 CFR 145, or FAR Part 145, if an FAA-certified repair station performs or directly supervises job functions involving hazmat transported on board an aircraft, whether the hazmat is owned or used by them or their client, the repair station is required to have a hazmat policy and conduct training per 49 CFR. The shippers, i.e., those who are actually doing the packaging, signing manifests and filling out paperwork, need to take the full function specific training class. Everyone else who “touches” it, such as a person at the dock who unloads a truck, someone who works on an instrument which qualifies as having hazardous materials or someone who is responsible for purchasing packages, is required to have awareness training per 49 CFR.  iSi provides Part 145 training as an onsite or custom course only.

Does IATA have any benefits for taking my refresher early?

Yes, if it’s within 3 months of the due date. Per IATA regulations, refresher training must take place within 24 months of previous training.  If you complete your refresher early, within 3 months before expiration, your new expiration will be 24 months from your original, and later, expiration date.  Remember that IATA training is required upon hire or transfer of duties.

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