Who Should Take This Course?

Our online DOT HAZMAT Training: Function Specific – Shipping Papers course is designed for employees involved with hazardous materials transportation, such as shipment, carrying, or manufacture, and also involved in some way with hazardous materials markings. This course will help the student learn how to complete hazardous materials shipping papers, and meets the requirements for 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

If you took our DOT HAZMAT Training: Basic General Awareness (4 Hours) course, this function-specific shipping papers class will provide expanded training regarding completing shipping papers. If you took our DOT HAZMAT Training: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hours) course, this shipping papers 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 course consists of 8 sections, which students will complete through our Online Training System (OTS). The sections are fully narrated and interactive. Knowledge checks and exercises within each section help the student retain the knowledge needed for the final exam.

Module 1
Course Overview
1Shipping Papers
Exceptions | Shipping paper information | Hazardous waste manifests | Retaining shipping papers.
2Completing Shipping Papers, Steps 1-3
Filling out shipping papers | X or RQ | Material description | Technical names | Multiple shipments on one paper | Appendices | Quantity.
3Exemptions and Special Permits
Description requirements | 172.203 topics | DOT exemptions and special permits | Special permit site. 
4Requirements by Mode of Transportation
Transportation by: air; rail; highway; water. 
5Technical Names, Exceptions, and Additional Information
Marine pollutants | Poisonous or toxic materials | Elevated temperature materials | Organic peroxides and self-reactive materials | Empty packaging.
6Hazardous Substances and Radioactive Materials
Shipping paper requirements for hazardous substances in general | Shipping paper requirements for radioactive materials. 
7Shipper’s Certification
Certification signature | Types of certification | Exceptions. 
8General Formatting and Emergency Response
Legibility | Codes and abbreviations | Additional information | Multiple page shipping papers | Emergency response telephone number | Emergency response information.
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, which is self-paced and available 24/7 through our Online Training System (OTS).

Designed by Certified Outreach Trainers, this DOT HAZMAT Shipping Papers 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. A downloadable student manual including the training material is also provided for your 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 training 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 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 Shipping Papers 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 shipping papers purpose
  • Complete the shipping papers
  • Describe emergency response number guidelines
  • Understand the shipper certification requirements for domestic, international, and air shipments
  • Understand shipping paper retention 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 Shipping Papers 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.

The HazMat Student Advantage

Student Advantages

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Package Includes Both Courses Below at a Promotional Price:

Online DOT Hazmat: Basic General Awareness (4 Hour) &
Shipping Papers Training

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