Who Should Take This Course?

Our online DOT HAZMAT Training: Function Specific – Placarding course is designed for Hazmat employees involved with hazardous materials transportation and the identification, selection, placement, or replacement of Hazmat placards. This course will help workers determine the appropriate placarding when shipping hazardous materials. Some Hazmat employees who may benefit from this training include those involved with shipping, manufacture, or carrying of hazardous materials. This course meets function-specific requirements in 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

This course provides training on general placarding rules, types, specifications, Placarding Tables, subsidiary hazard placarding, and placarding by mode of transportation.

This course provides more in-depth placarding training than is included in our DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) course. This course’s contents are included in full in our DOT HAZMAT Training: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hours).

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

DOT HAZMAT Placarding Training

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Course Outline

This DOT HAZMAT online course consists of 7 sections, which students will complete through our Online Training System (OTS). The course includes interactive quizzes to help ensure students retain important concepts.

Module 1
1Course Overview
2General Placarding Rules
Placards | General Rule for Placarding | Proper Display of Placards | Prohibited Placarding | Exceptions | Exempt Materials. 
3Placard Types
Explosives: Divisions 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3. | Explosives: Divisions 1.4, 1.5, and 1.6. | Flammable and Non-flammable Gas | Combustible | Flammable Solid, Spontaneously Combustible, and Dangerous When Wet | Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides | Poison | Radioactive | Corrosive and Class 9 | Dangerous | Placard ID Numbers.
4Placard Specifications
Strength and Durability | Design | Form Identification.
5Placarding Tables 1 and 2
Placarding Tables 1 and 2 | Division 5.2 Exceptions | Division 6.1 Exceptions | Class 7 Exceptions | Empty Non-Bulk Packaging | Class 1 Exceptions | Division 2.2 | Division 5.1 | Division 6.1 | Class 9 | Dangerous Placard and Exceptions.
6Subsidiary Hazard Placarding
Subsidiary Hazards | Poison Inhalation | Corrosive Hazard | Dangerous When Wet.
7Mode of Transportation Placarding
Providing and Affixing Placards | Highway | Rail | Freight Containers and Aircraft Load Devices | Special Provisions | Bulk Packaging | Two Sides Placarded.
Course Exam

Course Exam

  • This course includes a 10 question final exam. Questions are randomly compiled from a large pool of possible questions.
  • A score of 70% or higher is needed to pass the final exam. If a student doesn’t pass, the exam may be retaken as may times as needed in order to pass.

Course Format

This course is is provided 100% online and available 24/7 through our Online Training System (OTS). The training material is fully narrated and self-paced.

Designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, this DOT HAZMAT Placarding course emphasizes your safety and learning through interactive, high quality training. With this course, you can train at your convenience and save your progress as you go. A downloadable / printable student manual is provided as a resource for taking notes and for future reference. Students may take up to 6 months, if desired, to complete the course after enrollment. We offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee* to ensure you are satisfied with the training.

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

DOT HAZMAT Certification

Upon course completion, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your Certificate of Course Completion 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 DOT HAZMAT Placarding 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:

  • Understand placarding requirements;
  • Identify the hazards displayed on placards;
  • Know where placards are required to be placed;
  • Identify placarding requirement exceptions;
  • Understand placard design and visibility requirements.

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 this HAZMAT DOT Placarding 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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