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HAZMAT Training Course


The course enables users to become familiar with the rules governing the carriage of hazardous materials, also known as Dangerous Goods, at sea. These are specified in the US Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter C of 49 CFR, and in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code produced by the IMO. The information complies with Edition 37-14 of the IMDG Code which is mandatory from 1st January 2016 and highlights those areas where 49 CFR imposes additional requirements.

Who the course is designed for:

  • This course is designed for all those on board ship who are involved with the planning, stowing and handling of hazardous materials
  • All those ashore who are concerned with booking hazardous materials as freight on board ships

Course pre-requisites


Course objectives

To provide a course compliant with, and meeting the requirements of Subchapter C of 49 CFR and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, 2014 Edition. This includes Amendment 37 - 14.

Course outcomes

On the successful completion of this training course, the participant will be able to use Subchapter C of 49 CFR and the IMDG Code to:

  • Explain how a product would be classified for an international maritime voyage
  • Identify the class and packing group of a product given its proper shipping name
  • Identify whether a product is a marine pollutant according to its UN number
  • Identify whether a product is permitted to be carried in limited or expected quantities, and if so, what quantity limits are permitted
  • Identify whether a product is permitted to be carried in limited quantities, and if so, what quantity limits are permitted
  • Find advice for actions to take in the event of emergency situations such as fire, contamination or spillage, where dangerous goods are involved
  • Understand the training and documentation requirements of 49 CFR
  • Find advice on the personal protective equipment to wear when dealing with a spillage
  • Identify Highly Hazardous Dangerous Goods and the relevant security risks


The course can be used on board ship or ashore and is designed for individual self-study.


The course is divided into four main areas:

  • Introduction
  • Modules
  • Tests
  • Projects


  • MODULE 1 Shipping Hazardous Materials
  • MODULE 2 Layout of the IMDG Code
  • MODULE 3 Chemistry
  • MODULE 4 Classification of Dangerous Goods
  • MODULE 5 Identification of Dangerous Goods
  • MODULE 6 Marking, Labelling and Placarding
  • MODULE 7 Limited and Excepted Quantities
  • MODULE 8 Packing of Dangerous Goods
  • MODULE 9 Portable Tanks, Road Tank Vehicles and Multiple-Element Gas Containers (MEGCs)
  • MODULE 10 Documentation
  • MODULE 11 Emergency Response Procedures for Ships Carrying Dangerous Goods
  • MODULE 12 Stowage and Segregation
  • MODULE 13 Use and Transport of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs)
  • MODULE 14 High Consequence Dangerous Goods, Security
  • MODULE 15 Multi-Modal Publications


If the user intends to gain certification for the course, they must complete the two projects and submit them for external assessment.

Mode of delivery

This course is delivered using interactive Computer Based Training (CBT). Students follow easy on-screen instructions to progress through the course. The program contains text with (optional) English language voiceover, still photographs, video clips and animations.


On successful completion of the course, Videotel will issue a certificate.*


For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at www.videotel.com