DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Packaging

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Who Should take this course?

This DOT Hazmat: Function Specific - Packaging course was developed to help you select appropriate packaging for hazardous materials before shipment. This course expands upon the knowledge of packaging received as part of Basic General Awareness and is included in Advanced General Awareness training.

Workers involved in the transportation, manufacture, or use of hazardous materials who require more than basic knowledge of Packaging should receive this training.


The objectives of this course are to help meet the DOT training requirements of 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i).

Per 49 CFR 172.704(a)(2)(i)

Function-specific Training. (i) Each hazmat employee must be provided function-specific training concerning the requirements of this subchapter, or exemptions or special permits issued under subchapter A of this chapter, that are specifically applicable to the functions the employee performs.


This course consists of 5 sections. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Module Section Course Title
Module 1 - Course Overview
1 General Packaging Requirements
2 Air Shipments
3 Packaging Exceptions
4 Leaking or Damaged Packages, Hazardous Waste, and Overpacks
5 Department of Defense Packaging
Course Exam


This course has one final exam based upon the course's 5 sections.

Students are required to complete the exam after completing all course sections.

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 Function Specific Training. This training is part of a core curriculum of training that includes:

  • General Awareness training (Basic or Advanced);
  • Function-specific and modal-specific training (Air, Rail, Highway, or Vessel);
  • Safety awareness training;
  • Security awareness training;
  • In-depth security training (if applicable); and
  • Driver training for motor vehicle operators (if applicable).

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.


Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q – How long will this course take to complete?
A – 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 – Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?
A – 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?
A – 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?
A – 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 Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.