DOT Hazmat: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour)


DOT Hazmat: General Awareness/Function Specific (10 Hour)


Who Should Take This Course?

This DOT Hazmat: Advanced General Awareness course is an introductory course for all employees involved in the transportation of hazardous materials. This course provides a more in-depth introduction to General Awareness compared to the Basic instruction, and includes some General Awareness topics in greater detail.

All workers employed in an industry that involves the preparation or 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.

This course also includes the DOT mandated Security Awareness training module.

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Course Objectives

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.
Course 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.

DOT Hazmat: Advanced General Awareness

Completed entirely online.

Course Topics

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
Module 1 Exam
Module 2 2 Explosives and Gases
3 Flammables
4 Oxidizers, Toxic Materials, and Radioactive Materials
5 Corrosives, Misc., and Other Regulated Materials
Module 2 Exam
Module 3 6 Hazmat Table and Shipping Names
7 Hazard Classes, ID Numbers, and Special Provisions
8 Packaging, and Appendices A and B
Module 3 Exam
Module 4 9 Shipping Papers
10 Exemptions, Requirements, and Exceptions
11 Hazardous Substances, Shipper's Certification, and Emergencies
Module 4 Exam
Module 5 12 Marking Requirements and Packaging
13 Identification Numbers and Marking by Types
Module 5 Exam
Module 6 14 Labeling Requirements
15 Labels by Class, Specifications, and Placement
16 Exceptions and Radioactive Materials
Module 6 Exam
Module 7 17 Placarding Rules, Types, and Specifications
18 Placard Tables and Modes of Transportation Placards
Module 7 Exam
Module 8 19 Packaging Requirements and Air Shipments
20 Exceptions, Damaged Packages, and DoD Packaging
Module 8 Exam
Module 9 21 Security Awareness
Module 9 Exam


This U.S. DOT accepted training is brought to you by a team of Certified Outreach Trainers and meets the requirements for 49 CFR. Upon completion of this course you will have immediate access to a Training Center Pros course completion certificate you can download, save, and/or print.

Continuing Education Units

Per the California Department of Public Health, this course is approved for 10 Contact Hour (1.0 CEUs) of Continuing Education (CE). While these CE units are intended for Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS) in California, they are often transferred to other accrediting bodies. Please check with your specific agency for more details and to learn if your agency accepts this course for CE credit. (Public Health Accreditation #044)