DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness

DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness


100% Online

4 Hour Course

Course Overview

Our 100% online DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) course helps employees involved in HAZMAT transportation or preparation to meet Federal DOT training requirements 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. May be taken as Initial or Refresher training, and required at least every three years.

This DOT general awareness training course topics include: Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR), the HMT, shipping papers, marking, labeling, placarding, packaging, hazmat incident reporting, and security awareness. Volume Pricing option available. 

The HazMat Student Advantage

  • Fully Narrated, High Quality Training
  • Self-Paced with Saved Progress
  • Includes Audio, Text & Photos
  • Interactive Quizzes for Retention
  • Detailed Student Manual (PDF)
  • 24/7, Easy-to-Use Online Interface
  • Take Up to 6 Months to Complete
  • Excellent Customer Support
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee*
  • Course Certificate ID Card


We take DOT HAZMAT training seriously. That’s why HazMat Student provides the best training and features available.

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DOT Training: HAZMAT Basic General Awareness (4 Hours)

Our DOT HAZMAT Training Online: Basic General Awareness (4 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 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. This HAZMAT course would be applicable to workers such as drivers, manufacturers, and persons who manufacture, repair or recondition containers used to transport hazardous materials. We also offer a more in-depth DOT HAZMAT Training Online: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hr) course, which meets several function-specific requirements in addition to the basic requirements met by this 4 hour course.

This DOT HAZMAT course provides training regarding the many hazardous materials regulated by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Students will learn how to use the hazmat table; how to complete hazmat shipping papers; when to use specific hazard placards, markings and labels; and how to appropriately package specific hazardous materials. This course can be used as either initial training or refresher training, which must be completed at least every three years per DOT requirements.

View the DOT HAZMAT Awareness (4 Hour) Detailed Course Outline below.

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Student Manual Sample Page

With HazMat Student’s DOT HAZMAT training, students learn through both audio and visual presentation of the course material, which is designed to keep the student engaged. Interactive quizzes are provided to help students retain critical information. A downloadable course manual is also available for students to reference and use for note-taking during the course. See the adjacent sample page from the Student Manual.

The course keeps students interested and immersed in learning, preparing them for success on the course exams and at the job site. Course DOT Certification of Completion is available for the student to download once the class is completed. 

Course Pricing

DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) $74.95
DOT Package Deal – Online Hazmat Basic General Awareness (4 Hour) 
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For information on DOT HAZMAT training requirements or the DOT HAZMAT courses we offer, visit our DOT HAZMAT Training page.

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1
Section Title
Course Overview
Learning objectives | Definitions.
1 Introduction
The Department of Transportation (DOT) | 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) | The HMR (Hazardous Materials Regulations) | Training and training exceptions | Penalties for non-compliance | Security plan requirements.
2 How to Use the HMR
Navigating the HMR | The Hazardous Materials Table | Finding the HMR online.
3 Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials, hazardous substances, and hazardous wastes | Marine pollutants | Hazardous material determination.
4 Hazardous Materials Classes and Divisions
Classes, divisions, and other regulated materials.
5 The Hazardous Materials Table
Purpose, location, elements and appendices of the HMT.
6 Shipping Papers
Shipping papers | Basic information | Emergency response numbers | Emergency response information | Shipping paper retention | Shipper certification.
7 Marking, Labeling, and Placarding
Requirements for marking, labeling, and placarding | Classes of markings, labels, and placards | Exceptions.
8 HAZMAT Packaging
Types of packagings | Packing groups | Bulk and non-bulk packagings | Packaging requirements | Determining appropriate packaging.
9 Incident Reporting
Telephone notification | NRC and CDC | Written reports and maintenance.
10 Security Awareness
Importance of security awareness | Potential targets and threats | En route security | Employer responsibilities | Vulnerability assessments | Security reviews | Facility security | In-depth security plans.
Course Exam

Course 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 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H.

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.

Learning Objectives

After completing this 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

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Course Format

This is a 100% online, fully narrated DOT HAZMAT course. The training is self-paced and available 24/7.

Designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, this course includes up-to-date, high quality training created 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. Our Online Training System (OTS) and online courses are available 24/7. For your convenience, the course 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 Completion Certificate 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.

Course Exam

  • The final exam for this course consists of 25 questions, which are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A 70% or better score is needed in order to pass the final exam. If a student does not pass, they may re-review information in the sections as necessary, and retake the test as many times as needed in order to pass.
Sample Quiz/Test Question

Sample Quiz/Test Question


Course Sections

This DOT HAZMAT training online course consists of 10 sections, which must be completed sequentially. Within our Online Training System (OTS), the sections are fully narrated and interactive. Quiz questions within each section help the student retain knowledge that will be needed for the final exam.

Module 1
Section Title
Course Overview
1 Introduction
2 How to Use the HMR
3 Hazardous Materials
4 Hazardous Materials Classes and Divisions
5 The Hazardous Materials Table
6 Shipping Papers
7 Marking, Labeling, and Placarding
8 Packaging
9 Incident Reporting
10 Security Awareness
Course Exam


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

certificationOnce the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your course DOT HAZMAT Certificate of 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.

Additional Training

Hazardous materials markings on shipping containersHAZMAT employers are required to train new HAZMAT employees within 90 days of employment or assuming new HAZMAT 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. FAA requirements (14 CFR) specify air carrier employees need to be retrained every two years.

Please note that this course provides valuable DOT HAZMAT awareness training 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 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. 


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