DOT Training Online: HAZMAT General Awareness Course

Our online DOT HAZMAT Training: General Awareness / Function Specific (10 Hours) course is designed for employees who work in industries where hazardous materials are prepared or transported, who need to meet Federal DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and some of the basic requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i). The course would be applicable to workers such as drivers, manufacturers, and persons who manufacture, repair or recondition containers used to transport hazardous materials.

This DOT HAZMAT training online course includes in-depth function-specific training, such as Hazard Classification, Marking, Labeling, Placarding, Packaging, Shipping Papers, Security Awareness, Hazmat Table (HMT) Usage, and Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). In addition, the 10 hour course also covers all the requirements presented in our DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) course. This course can be used as either initial or refresher training, which must be completed at least every three years per DOT requirements.

For information on DOT HAZMAT training requirements or the other DOT HAZMAT courses we offer, visit our DOT HAZMAT Training page.

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Course Outline

This DOT HAZMAT training online course consists of 9 modules which include 54 sections that must be completed sequentially. The sections are fully narrated and interactive. Quiz questions within each section help the student retain knowledge that will be needed for the module exams.

Module 1 – Course Introduction
Section Title
1 Introduction to DOT HAZMAT Training
Training provider | Human error | DOT purpose | Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR) | Key terms.
2 How to Use the HMR
Navigating the HMR | Hazmat Table (HMT) | HMR online.
3 Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials, hazardous substances, and hazardous wastes | Marine pollutants | Hazardous materials classes and divisions.
Exam 1
Module 2 – Hazard Classes & Divisions
Section Title
4 Explosives
Class 1: Explosives | Divisions of explosives | Explosive types | 1.1 Mass explosion hazard | 1.2 Projectile hazard | 1.3 Minor blast/projectile/fire | 1.4 Minor blast | 1.5 Insensitive explosives | 1.6 Very sensitive explosives.
5 Compressed Gases
2.1 Flammable gases | 2.2 Non-flammable compressed gases | 2.3 Poisonous gases by inhalation | Flammable range.
6 Flammable and Combustible Liquids
Flash and fire point | Flammable liquids | Combustible liquids | Reclassifying | Packing groups | Class 3 exceptions.
7 Flammable Solids
Division 4.1 Flammable solids | Wetted Class 1 explosives | Division 4.2 Spontaneously combustible solids | Pyrophoric and self-heating solids | Division 4.3 Dangerous when wet solids.
8 Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
Division 5.1 Oxidizers and hazards | Division 5.2 Organic peroxides, hazards and types.
9 Toxic Materials
Division 6.1 Poisonous/toxic materials | LD50 and LC50 | Lab testing | Biotoxins | Division 6.2 Infectious substances | Cultures and regulated medical waste | Patient specimens | Category A and B infectious substances | Biological products.
10 Radioactive Materials
Radiation and common sources | Safe dosages | Radiation hazards | Transporting radioactive materials | Class 7 radioactive materials.
11 Corrosive Materials
Class 8 Corrosive materials, uses, and hazards.
12 Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials
Elevated temperature materials | Hazardous substances | Hazardous wastes and lists | Characteristic, universal and mixed hazardous wastes | LLMW, HLW, and MTRU | Marine pollutants.
13 Other Regulated Materials
ORM-A, ORM-B, ORM-C, ORM-D, and ORM-E | Transporting forbidden materials.
Exam 2
Module 3 – The Hazardous Materials Table
Section Title
14 What is the HMT?
HMT described | Hazmat table categories | Basic Hazmat descriptions | Special information | HMT appendices.
15 Symbols
16 Proper Shipping Names and Descriptions
Italicized and non-italicized text | Concentration ranges | “Mono” | Liquids and solids | Hazardous wastes | Mixtures and solutions | Poison/poisonous/toxic | Interchangeable abbreviations.
17 Hazard Class or Division
Hazard class and division | Five entry types | Normal entries | Forbidden entries | ORM-D entries | Re-evaluation of data entries | Flammable liquids.
18 ID Numbers and Packing Groups
International and domestic shipments | Packaging group exceptions.
19 Label Codes and Special Provisions
Special information | Label codes | Multiple label codes | Special provisions | Letter codes.
20 Packaging Requirements, Quantity Limitations and Vessel Stowage
Packaging | Reading packaging entries | Solid/liquid table | Quantity limitations | Limits for combined materials | Forbidden quantities | Vessel stowage | 10A and 10B.
21 Appendices A & B
Hazardous substances | Tables 1 and 2 | Marine pollutants.
Exam 3
Module 4 – Shipping Papers
Section Title
22 Shipping Papers
What are shipping papers | Exceptions | Hazardous waste manifests | State-designated HWMs |  Shipping paper retention.
23 Completing Shipping Papers, Steps 1-3
Filling out shipping papers | X or RQ | Material description | Technical names | Multiple shipments on one paper | Appendices | Quantity.
24 Exemptions and Special Permits
Descriptions requirements | 172.03 topics | DOT exemptions and special permits | Special permits site.
25 Requirements by Mode of Transportation
Transportation by air, rail, highway and water.
26 Technical Names, Exceptions, and Additional Information
Technical names and exceptions | Marine pollutants | Poisonous or toxic materials | Elevated temperature materials | Organic peroxides and self-reactive materials | Empty packaging.
27 Hazardous Substances and Radioactive Materials
Shipping paper requirements for hazardous substances and radioactive materials.
28 Shipper’s Certification
Shipper’s certification | Certification signature | Types of certification | Exceptions.
29 General Formatting and Emergency Response
Legibility | Codes and abbreviations | Multiple -page shipping papers | Emergency response telephone number | Emergency response information.
Exam 4
Module 5 – Marking
Section Title
30 General Marking Requirements
Bulk and non-bulk packages | What is a marking? | Features of markings | Abbreviations | Prohibited markings | Marking hazardous wastes.
31 Non-Bulk Packaging
Non-bulk labeling requirements | Non-odorized liquid petroleum | Orientation | Large quantities of one material | Limited quantities | ORM-D | Marine pollutants | Hazardous substances.
32 Bulk Packaging
Bulk marking requirements | ID number localization | Marking size | Fumigant markings | Marine pollutant markings | Special permit markings.
33 Identification Numbers
Bulk ID number markings | Replacing missing ID number markings.
34 Markings by HAZMAT Type
Radioactive materials | Poisonous materials | Explosive materials | Infectious substances | Biohazards | Elevated temperatures | Keep away from heat.
35 Markings by Bulk Packaging Type
Portable tanks | Cargo tanks | Proper shipping name | ID number | QT and NQT | Emergency shutoff | Tank cars and other multi-unit car tanks | Other types of bulk packaging.
Exam 5
Module 6 – Labeling
Section Title
36 General Labeling Requirements
When labels are required | Determining labels | Labeling table | Primary and subsidiary labels | Subsidiary hazard labels table | Display of hazard class or division.
37 Additional Labeling Requirements
Cargo aircraft only | Class 1 explosives | Non-flammable and non-poisonous gases | Poisonous gases by inhalation | Mixed and consolidated packaging | Authorized label modifications.
38 Labels by Class
Class 1: Explosive labels | Class 2: Compressed gas labels | Class 3: Flammable liquid labels | Class 4: Flammable solid labels | Class 5: Organic peroxide and oxidizer labels | Class 6: Toxic materials labels | Class 7: Radioactive materials labels | Class 8: Corrosive materials labels | Class 9 labels | Empty label.
39 Label Specifications
Label specifications | Durability | Design | Size | Form identification | Exceptions.
40 Label Placement
Label placement | Placement of multiple labels | Contrast with background | Duplicate labeling | Visibility.
41 Labeling Exceptions
Exceptions and forbidden labeling | Dewar flasks and cylinders | DoD shipments | Low specific activity | Subsidiary labeling | Poisonous by inhalation | Prohibited labeling and exceptions.
42 Radioactive Materials
General requirements | Radioactive labels | Selecting labels | Label locations | Label entries | Empty and Fissile labels | Overpacks and freight containers.
Exam 6
Module 7 – Placarding
Section Title
43 General Placarding Rules
Proper display of placards | Prohibited placarding | Exceptions to prohibited placarding | When HMR placards are not required | Materials that do not require a placard.
44 Placard Types
Placard types and ID numbers.
45 Placard Specifications
Placard specifications | Strength, durability, design | Form identification.
46 Placarding Tables 1 and 2
47 Subsidiary Hazard Placarding
Poison inhalation | Corrosive radioactive materials | Dangerous when wet.
48 Mode of Transportation Placarding
Placarding for highway, rail, air and bulk packagings.
Exam 7
Module 8 – Packaging
Section Title
49 General Packaging Requirements
Packaging and packages | General packaging requirements | Packaging exceptions | Special provisions | Limited quantities | UN packagings | Reusable and empty packagings | Package compatibility | Special permits.
50 Air Shipments
Inner containers | Cylinders | Air transport prohibitions.
51 Packaging Exceptions
Small and limited quantity packaging exceptions | Agricultural product packaging exemptions | Materials of trade packaging exemptions | Lab pack packaging exemptions.
52 Leaking or Damaged Packages, Hazardous Waste, and Overpacks
Salvage drums | Packaging solid and semi-solid wastes | Overpacks.
53 Department of Defense Packaging
Reshipping DOD packages | Materials sold by the DOD | DOD certification.
Exam 8
Module 9 – Security Awareness
Section Title
54 Security Awareness
Potential targets and threats | En route security | Employer responsibilities | Vulnerability assessments | Security reviews | Facility security | In-depth security plans.
Exam 9

Course Exam

  • This course includes 9 exams. One exam must be taken at the completion of each module.
  • Each exam consists of 10 questions, which are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A 70% or better score is needed in order to pass each exam. If a student does not pass, they may re-review information in the modules and sections as necessary, and retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.

Course Format

This is a 100% online, fully narrated course. The training is self-paced and available 24/7 through our state-of-the-art Online Training System (OTS).

This DOT HAZMAT Awareness / Function Specific course, designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, includes up-to-date, high quality training designed with your safety and learning as our top priority. The course features interactive training modules, which combine audio and visual elements for maximum retention. The course is completed entirely online using a computer with an internet connection and is available 24/7. For your convenience, it can be completed over time, and your progress will be saved to the last section completed. Students are given 6 months to complete the course after enrollment. We are so certain you will be satisfied with your experience, that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee*.

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Course DOT HAZMAT Certificate of Course Completion which is provided through our Online Training System (OTS) in PDF format. Within 24 hours of course completion, you will also be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion.


This DOT HAZMAT training online course was designed by Certified Outreach Trainers. It is U.S.DOT accepted and meets the requirements for 49 CFR.

DOT HAZMAT Certification

Once you’ve completed this course, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your DOT HAZMAT Certificate of Course Completion which is provided in PDF format. Within 24 hours of course completion, you will also be mailed a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion.

DOT Training: HAZMAT General Awareness Objectives

The objective of this DOT HAZMAT awareness training course is to meet the Federal DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and some of the basic requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1):

General awareness/familiarization training. Each hazmat employee shall be provided general awareness/familiarization training designed to provide familiarity with the requirements of this subchapter, and to enable the employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with the hazard communication standards of this subchapter.

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i):

Function-specific training. (i) Each hazmat employee must be provided function-specific training on the requirements of this subchapter, or exemptions or special permits issued under subchapter A of this chapter, that are specifically applicable to the functions the employee performs.

Learning Objectives

After completing this DOT HAZMAT course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify basic hazmat hazard classes and divisions and understand the hazards associated with each
  • Use the hazmat table to find proper shipping names, hazard classes, identification numbers, packaging and labeling requirements, etc.
  • Complete hazardous materials shipping papers
  • Properly use hazard markings, labels, and placards
  • Describe appropriate packaging for specific hazardous materials

The content in this 10 hour course is presented much more in-depth than in our DOT HAZMAT Training Online: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) course, in order to meet the function-specific training requirements for Marking, Labeling, Placarding, Packaging, Shipping Papers, Hazmat Table Usage, and Hazard Classification.

Hazmat transportation trucks secured behind fence


Per DOT Hazmat Training Requirements, a complete curriculum must include:

General Awareness Training (Basic or Advanced)

We offer two options for DOT Hazmat General Awareness training:

Function-specific and Modal-specific Training

Function-specific Training

Function-specific training is required hazardous materials training specific to the functions an employee actually performs. We offer the following function-specific course options, which may be taken separately or are already included within the DOT Hazmat: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour) course (with the exception of the Shipping Batteries course.)

* Additional function-specific training may be required to prepare you for the specific duties you perform on the job. 

Modal-specific Training

Modal-specific training is specific to the mode of transportation that will be used to tranport hazardous materials. We offer four DOT Hazmat modal-specific courses:

Security Awareness Training

We offer a 100% Online DOT Hazmat Security Awareness training course. DOT Hazmat Security Awareness training is also included within our DOT Hazmat General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour) course and our DOT Hazmat Basic General Awareness (4 Hour) course.

Safety Awareness Training

We are working on Online courses to help workers meet this requirement. Coming soon!

In-depth Security Training (if applicable)

When an employer is required by 49 CFR 172.800(b) to have an in-depth Security plan, then in-depth Security training is also required. This site-specific training covers actions taken by employees according to the employer’s plan. We don’t currently offer in-depth security training.

Driver Training for Motor Vehicle Operators (if applicable)

Motor vehicle drivers who transport hazardous materials must have training on the safe transportation of hazardous materials by highway. A variety of driver safety courses may be needed. We do not currently offer driver training.

HAZMAT Employers are required to train new HAZMAT Employees within 90 days of employment or assuming new related job responsibilities. Direct supervision is required of the employee performing a hazardous material function until training is complete. DOT requirements specify HAZMAT employees need to be retrained and tested at least once every three years. However, the FAA, under 14 CFR, requires air carrier employees to be trained every two years. DOT and FAA require employers to maintain training records.

Hazmat Employer

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation, a Hazmat Employer is a person whose employee(s) perform the following functions:

  • Transport hazardous materials (hazmat) in commerce;
  • Cause hazmat to be transported or shipped in commerce; or
  • Represent, mark, certify, sell, offer, recondition, test, repair, or modify packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat.

The term “hazmat employer” also includes any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States, a State, a political subdivision of a State, or an Indian tribe engaged in offering or transporting hazmat in commerce.

Hazmat Employee

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation, a Hazmat Employee is a person who is employed by a hazardous materials employer and directly affects hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation safety.

This would include an owner-operator of a motor vehicle which transports hazmat, and a person (including a self-employed person) who:

  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazmat;
  • Tests, reconditions, repairs, modifies, marks, or otherwise represents packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat;
  • Prepares hazmat for transportation;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazmat; or
  • Operates a vehicle used to transport hazmat.

Additional Training

Please note that this HAZMAT DOT general awareness training provides valuable information which applies to the general population of employees who work in industries where hazardous materials are prepared or transported. This course is not meant to replace company-specific or function-specific training or hazardous materials awareness training provided by your employer on equipment use and procedures for your particular work environment. You must be trained by your employer on the hazards, equipment, engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices and emergency plans specific to your role and workplace.

In ALL situations, employers are required to ensure their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

Hazardous materials packaged and loaded on truck for transportation

The HazMat Student Advantage

Student Advantages

Hazmat EmployeeIn-depth Security Training (if applicable)Function-specific and Modal-specific Training

Package Deal Special Offer

The Below Packages Include Two Courses at a Promotional Price:

Online DOT Hazmat General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour)  &
Online Air/IATA Carrier Requirements Training

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Online DOT Hazmat General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour)  &
Online Shipping Batteries Training

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$199.95 $49.95 $249.90 $224.95 $24.95