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Course Overview

Who Should take this course?

This DOT Hazmat General Awareness/Function Specific course is an in-depth course for all employees involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. This training is a 10-hour course targeted for workers with the intention of meeting General Awareness training requirement as well as several Function-specific Training requirements in addition to the basic requirements met by our 4-hour DOT Hazmat Basic General Awareness course.

All workers employed in an industry that involves the transportation of hazardous materials must have DOT General Awareness training. This includes not just drivers and manufacturers, but anyone who manufactures, repairs, or reconditions containers used to transport hazardous materials.

Seven Function-Specific Topics Included

The DOT Hazmat General Awareness/Function Specific training meets the requirements of DOT General Awareness training, and includes the following function-specific topics:

  1. DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Hazard Classes and Divisions;
  2. DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Labeling;
  3. DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Marking;
  4. DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Packaging;
  5. DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Placarding;
  6. DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Shipping Papers;
  7. DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Using the Hazmat Table (HMT);

Additional function-specific training may be required to prepare you for the duties associated with your job.

This course can be taken as initial training or refresher training, and must be refreshed a minimum of every 3 years. If you are involved in transportation by air, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires refresher training every 2 years.


The objectives of this course are to meet the DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1) and 172.704(a)(4).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(1)

General awareness/familiarization training. Each hazmat employee shall be provided general awareness/familiarization training designed to provide familiarity with the requirements of this subchapter, and to enable the employee to recognize and identify hazardous materials consistent with the hazard communication standards of this subchapter.

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.


This course consists of 21 sections divided into 9 modules. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Module # Section # Title
Module 1 1 Introduction to DOT Hazmat Training
2 How to Use the HMR
3 Hazardous Materials
Module 1 Exam
Module 2 4 Explosives
5 Compressed Gases
6 Flammable and Combustible Liquids
7 Flammable Solids
8 Oxidizers and Organic Peroxides
9 Toxic Materials
10 Radioactive Materials
11 Corrosive Materials
12 Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials
13 Other Regulated Materials
Module 2 Exam
Module 3 14 What is the HMT?
15 Symbols
16 Proper Shipping Names and Descriptions
17 Hazard Class or Division
18 ID Numbers and Packing Groups
19 Label Codes and Special Provisions
20 Packaging Requirements, Quantity Limitations, and Vessel Stowage
21 Appendices A and B
Module 3 Exam
Module 4 22 Shipping Papers
23 Completing Shipping Papers, Steps 1 - 3
24 Exemptions and Special Permits
25 Requirements by Mode of Transportation
26 Technical Names, Exceptions, and Additional Information
27 Hazardous Substances and Radioactive Materials
28 Shipper's Certification
29 General Formatting and Emergency Response
Module 4 Exam
Module 5 30 General Marking Requirements
31 Non-bulk Packaging
32 Bulk Packaging
33 Identification Numbers
34 Markings by Hazmat Type
35 Markings by Bulk Packaging Type
Module 5 Exam
Module 6 36 General Labeling Requirements
37 Additional Labeling Requirements
38 Labels by Class
39 Label Specifications
40 Label Placement
41 Labeling Exceptions
42 Radioactive Materials
Module 6 Exam
Module 7 43 General Placarding Rules
44 Placard Types
45 Placard Specifications
46 Placarding Tables 1 and 2
47 Subsidiary Hazard Placarding
48 Mode of Transportation Placarding
Module 7 Exam
Module 8 49 General Packaging Requirements
50 Air Shipments
51 Packaging Exceptions
52 Leaking or Damaged Packages, Hazardous Waste, and Overpacks
53 Department of Defense Packaging
Module 8 Exam
Module 9 54 Security Awareness
Module 9 Exam


This course has one final exam based upon the course's 9 modules.

Students are required to complete the exam after completing each module.

The exam consists of 20 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A 70% score or better is required to pass the exam.

If a student does not pass the exam the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Additional Training

This course is designed to help workers meet the DOT's requirement for Security Awareness Training.

This training is part of a core curriculum of training that includes:

Workers must receive additional training, when required by DOT, OSHA, or EPA standards, on the specific hazards of their job.

Training providers should be used to ensure credibility and augment a company's training program. Therefore, in addition to the training provided by an outside party, a student should receive site-specific training that is supplied by their own company. This training should target the company's unique approach to hazard prevention, including the use of site-specific equipment, health and safety policies, and emergency procedures. As a rule, this company specific training should be well documented.

The bottom line in ALL SITUATIONS is that employers are required to ensure that their employees are adequately trained to do their job.

Mobile Version


We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). This course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.


  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics


  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.


Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

Q - How long do I have to start a course once enrolled?

Students have 12 months to start their training from the time they enroll in an online course.

Q - How long do I have to complete a course once started?

Take up to 36 months to complete your online training, at your own pace and schedule.

Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.