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Shipping Infectious Substances (IATA and DOT)


Who should take this course:

    Anyone who...
  • Prepares hazardous materials for transportation; Selects packaging or packages hazardous materials;
  • Completes a shipper`s declaration or other paperwork associated with the transport of hazardous materials;
  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials;
  • Is responsible for safety of transporting hazardous materials;
  • Operates a vehicle used to transport hazardous materials.

Topics include:

  • General awareness and familiarization
  • Identification of hazardous materials
  • Packaging operations
  • Marking and labeling
  • Shipping papers
  • Federal Register update


Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • Locate and use the Federal hazardous materials regulations; properly label and mark hazardous material containers for shipment;
  • Complete Bill of Lading for hazardous materials;
  • Select proper packaging for hazardous materials;
  • Develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments.


This course is intended to be completed at your own pace. Although not required, we suggest taking the modules in the order they are presented, particularly if you are new to hazardous materials transportation.

Each module contains text explaining the federal regulatory requirements with links to external web resources. And again, while not required, we suggest you explore each link to gain a better understanding of proper transportation of hazardous materials.

At the end of each module you will find a link to the exam for that module. Each user is required to complete the exam for each module to demonstrate participation in the course.

Each exam is a series of multiple choice questions. After selecting your answers for all questions in the exam, you must click the submit button to score the exam and record your results. You may take an exam as many times as you wish. While there is no passing score requirement for this course, we suggest you use the exams to assess your understanding of the regulations. Upon completion of the course, you will mailed a certificate of participation.

course quick facts
course code DED2106
cost $149.00
estimated time to
complete course
8 Hours
course materials
90 Days

Linda R. Taylor, PE is the Coordinator of Environmental Training and Technical Assistance programs at North Carolina State University's IES. Ms. Taylor has over 10 years of civil and environmental engineering experience, and has taught numerous online courses on environmental, health, and hazardous and infectious safety topics.


"This is a course required for the shipping of Hazardous substances. It was nice to get an up-to-date course. My knowledge increased to the point needed. My skills are refreshed in order to ship specimens within IATA, DOT and FDA present guidelines. I am an attitude is ALWAYS great, now is even better with the self assurance that I completed this required course!" - Juantia Young

"I was able to learn about the laws that are required for shipping hazardous materials.I`m more knowledgeable now." - Sheri Davis


Will this IATA and DOT training be applicable in foreign countries?

Yes, this online course has been used by students in many different countries. Companies and students have undergone regulatory audits without any problems with regard to these IATA courses.

Is online just as good as classroom training?

IATA only requires that shippers of dangerous goods receive training, it does not require that the training be in a classroom, or on video, or on CD, or online. In fact, there are companies that provide IATA training via all of those methods.