Who Should Take This Course?

Our DOT HAZMAT Training Online: Packaging – Function Specific course is designed for employees involved with the transportation of hazardous materials, such as shipment, carrying, or manufacture, and also involved in the use of hazardous materials labels.

Proper HAZMAT packaging is extremely important in preventing a release of hazardous materials. This course will help the student learn how to use HAZMAT requirements to determine proper hazardous materials packaging, and learn the exceptions to the requirements. This training meets the requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

If you took our DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) training, this function-specific HAZMAT packaging course will provide expanded packaging training. If you took our DOT HAZMAT: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hours) training, this packaging course’s contents were included.

For information on DOT HAZMAT training requirements or the 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 5 sections, which are fully narrated and interactive. Our Online Training System (OTS) uses knowledge checks and exercises within each section to help the student retain the knowledge needed for the final exam.

Module 1
Course Overview
1General Packaging Requirements
Packaging and packages | General packaging requirements | Packaging exceptions | Special provisions | Limited quantities | UN packagings | Reusable and empty packagings | Package compatibility | Special permits. 
2Air Shipments
Inner containers | Cylinders | Air transport prohibitions.
3Packaging Exceptions
Small and limited quantity packaging exceptions | Agricultural product packaging exemptions | Materials of trade packaging exemptions | Lab pack packaging exemptions. 
4Leaking or Damaged Packages, Hazardous Waste, and Overpacks
Salvage drums | Packaging solid and semi-solid wastes | Overpacks.
5Department of Defense Packaging
Reshipping DOD packages | Materials sold by the DOD | DOD certification. 
Course Exam

Course Exam

  • The final exam for this course consists of 20 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.

Course Format

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

Designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, this DOT HAZMAT Packaging training includes up-to-date, high quality training created with your safety and learning as our top priority. Our Online Training System (OTS) uses interactive training, combining 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. A downloadable Student Manual is provided for note-taking and student reference. 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. We’ll also mail you a PVC credit card style Wallet ID Card with optional photo, showing training course completion. The card will be mailed within 24 hours of course completion.


This DOT HAZMAT course was designed by Certified Outreach Trainers and meets the requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

DOT HAZMAT Certification

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

Course Objectives

The objective of this online DOT HAZMAT training course is to meet the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) training requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

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

Function-specific Training. (i) Each hazmat employee must be provided function-specific training concerning 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 course, the student should be able to:

  • Know the difference between “package and “packaging” per the HMR
  • Understand the shipper’s responsibilities
  • Know general and specific hazardous material packaging requirements and exceptions
  • Understand the packaging requirements  for agriculture products, limited quantities, materials of trade and lab packs
  • Identify packaging when hazardous materials packages are damaged or have leaked

Additional Training

HAZMAT 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 specify under 14 CFR that air carrier employees be retrained every two years.

Please note that this HAZMAT DOT Packaging course is not meant to replace company-specific or function-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. Employers need to evaluate employee needs for additional DOT hazardous material training and training in the use of personal protective equipment used on the job.

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

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