Who Should Take This Course?

Our DOT HAZMAT Training Online: Carrier Requirements – Vessel course is designed for all employees involved in the shipment of hazardous materials by water, such as persons who package or load/unload hazardous materials for shipment.

Based on Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations in 49 CFR Part 176, the course material focuses on the DOT requirements for shipping hazardous materials by water. Training topics include operating requirements, handling and stowage requirements, segregation of hazardous materials, requirements for explosives, and requirements for incident reporting, among others.

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

Fully Narrated Training

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Course Outline

This course consists of 5 sections within our Online Training System (OTS), and each section is fully narrated and interactive. Quiz questions within each section help the student retain the knowledge needed for the final exam.

Module 1
Section Title
Course Overview
1 General Operating Requirements
Using the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG) | Training | Hazmat preparation | Shipping papers and packaging certificate | Stowage and segregation | Dangerous cargo manifest | Inspections of holds and compartments | Emergency and damaged packaging | Deceptive practices | Vessel repair. 
2 Handling and Stowage Requirements
Hazardous materials handling and stowage | Responsible person | Stowage requirements | Alternative stowage | Stowage on deck | Transport vehicles, freight containers, and portable | Handling packages. 
3 Segregation of Hazardous Materials
Segregation requirements | The Segregation Table | Special requirements for ferries and barges.
4 Requirements for Explosives
Explosives and responsible person | Loading and unloading requirements | Regular stowage and magazine stowage | Segregation of explosive materials | Firefighting | Handling Class 1 explosives. 
5 Requirements for Specific Materials and Incident Reporting
Defective packages | Compressed gas | Flammable and combustible liquids | Flammable solids and organice peroxide | Ammonium nitrate | Poisons | Radioactive materials | Hazardous materials incident report | Marine pollutants. 
Course Exam

Course Exam

  • The final exam for this course consists of 10 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 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 within our state-of-the-art Online Training System (OTS), using a computer with an internet connection. 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 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: Carrier Requirements – Vessel course was designed by Certified Outreach Trainers and is based on the DOT regulations found in 49 CFR Part 176.

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 Vessel Carrier Requirements course is to address 49 CFR Part 176 of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) for hazardous materials transportation.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the operating, segregation, handling, and stowage requirements involved in the transportation of hazardous materials by water
  • Determine any special requirements
  • Know the segregation requirements and exceptions for specific classes of hazardous materials
  • Determine the differences between International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDGC) and the HMR
  • Understand reporting requirements for incidents and accidents.


Per DOT Hazmat Training Requirements, a complete curriculum must include:

General Awareness Training (Basic or Advanced)

We offer two options for DOT Hazmat General Awareness training:

Function-specific and Modal-specific Training

Function-specific Training

Function-specific training is required hazardous materials training specific to the functions an employee actually performs. We offer the following function-specific course options, which may be taken separately or are already included within the DOT Hazmat: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour) course (with the exception of the Shipping Batteries course.)

* Additional function-specific training may be required to prepare you for the specific duties you perform on the job. 

Modal-specific Training

Modal-specific training is specific to the mode of transportation that will be used to tranport hazardous materials. We offer four DOT Hazmat modal-specific courses:

Security Awareness Training

We offer a 100% Online DOT Hazmat Security Awareness training course. DOT Hazmat Security Awareness training is also included within our DOT Hazmat General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour) course and our DOT Hazmat Basic General Awareness (4 Hour) course.

Safety Awareness Training

We are working on Online courses to help workers meet this requirement. Coming soon!

In-depth Security Training (if applicable)

When an employer is required by 49 CFR 172.800(b) to have an in-depth Security plan, then in-depth Security training is also required. This site-specific training covers actions taken by employees according to the employer’s plan. We don’t currently offer in-depth security training.

Driver Training for Motor Vehicle Operators (if applicable)

Motor vehicle drivers who transport hazardous materials must have training on the safe transportation of hazardous materials by highway. A variety of driver safety courses may be needed. We do not currently offer driver training.

HAZMAT Employers are required to train new HAZMAT Employees within 90 days of employment or assuming new 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. However, the FAA, under 14 CFR, requires air carrier employees to be trained every two years. DOT and FAA require employers to maintain training records.

Hazmat Employer

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation, a Hazmat Employer is a person whose employee(s) perform the following functions:

  • Transport hazardous materials (hazmat) in commerce;
  • Cause hazmat to be transported or shipped in commerce; or
  • Represent, mark, certify, sell, offer, recondition, test, repair, or modify packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat.

The term “hazmat employer” also includes any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States, a State, a political subdivision of a State, or an Indian tribe engaged in offering or transporting hazmat in commerce.

Hazmat Employee

Per the U.S. Department of Transportation, a Hazmat Employee is a person who is employed by a hazardous materials employer and directly affects hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation safety.

This would include an owner-operator of a motor vehicle which transports hazmat, and a person (including a self-employed person) who:

  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazmat;
  • Tests, reconditions, repairs, modifies, marks, or otherwise represents packagings as qualified for use in the transportation of hazmat;
  • Prepares hazmat for transportation;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazmat; or
  • Operates a vehicle used to transport hazmat.

Additional Training

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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