Who Should Take This Course?

Our online DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness training course is designed for employees involved with the transportation of hazardous materials, such as shipment, carrying, or manufacture. This course will help the student learn how to recognize security threats when transporting hazardous materials, how they can increase security and help prevent security breaches, and understand security plan requirements. This training meets the requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4).

If you took our DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) course or DOT HAZMAT Training: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hours) course, a security awareness module is included in those courses.

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 course consists of 4 sections, which are fully narrated and interactive in our Online Training System (OTS). Knowledge checks and exercises within each section help the student retain the knowledge needed for the final exam.

Module 1
Course Overview
1Potential Targets and Threats
Security awareness importance | Potential targets and threats | Transportation industries and preventative security | Common threat sources. 
2En Route Security
Cargo and driver security planning | Security procedures pre- and post-transport | Awareness while en route | Employer responsibilities | Computer systems and cyber terrorism. 
3Prevention Tools
Developing a Hazmat Security Program | Vulnerability assessment | Ranking for potential exposure and accessibility | Performing a security review | Hazmat transportation and handling | Security training | Employee background checks | Accessing your facility security. 
4In-Depth Security Plans
In-depth security plan requirements | Components of an in-depth security plan. 
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

Through our state-of-the-art Online Training System (OTS), students take and complete this 100% online, fully narrated course. The training is self-paced and available 24/7.

Designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, the course includes up-to-date, high quality training created with your safety and learning as our top priority. The course features interactive training, which combines 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 Course Completion Certificate which is provided in PDF format. You’ll also be mailed 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 Security Awareness training was designed by Certified Outreach Trainers and meets the requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4).

DOT HAZMAT Certification

Once the course is completed, you will immediately be able to download, save or print your DOT HAZMAT Security Awareness Certificate of Course Completion which is provided in PDF format.  You’ll also be mailed 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 Security Awareness training is to meet the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) training requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(4):

Security Awareness Training. No later than the date of the first scheduled recurrent training after March 25, 2003, and in no case later than March 24, 2006, each hazmat employee must receive training that provides an awareness of security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation and methods designed to enhance transportation security. This training must also include a component covering how to recognize and respond to possible security threats. After March 25, 2003, new hazmat employees must receive the security awareness training required by this paragraph within 90 days after employment.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the threats to security when transporting hazardous materials
  • Identify ways to increase security when transporting hazardous materials
  • Understand the tools which can be used to help prevent security breaches
  • Explain the requirements for a thorough security plan.

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 DOT HAZMAT training online 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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