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Dangerous Goods & transport training and consultancy

CAA (IATA) Dangerous Goods Training

Air freight accounts for only 0.5 per cent of the UK's international goods movements by weight, but 25 per cent by value. Dangerous Goods training is a mandatory requirement for anyone involved in the transport of dangerous goods by air (shippers, packers, freight forwarders, cargo handlers, airline personnel, etc).

You can read more about dangerous goods training on the CAA website.

The actual course is based on the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. All our courses are fully approved in the UK by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), are suitable for all categories of staff, and cover all classes of goods except for the detailed requirements for radioactive materials.

The course is very interactive, and concludes with the completion of the mandatory written, open-book, examination. Certification is valid for two years, after which time the trainee may attend a revalidation course to maintain their entitlement (though, unless the candidate has remained very familiar with the Regulations, we strongly recommend attending a full initial course again).

At the end of the course, candidates will be familiar with the Regulations and be confidently able to apply them with regards to the classification, packaging, labelling, documentation and, if appropriate, the handling, stowage and segregation of Dangerous Goods.

We also offer one-day courses covering exclusively Infectious substances, biological materials and samples  or Lithium ion/metal batteries, as they can be rather complex. These courses are restricted only to these subjects, and are not suitable for those shipping other materials.

Open courses are offered at our fully-equipped Southampton training centre, or on-site at your own premises, nationwide.

On all courses, we supply copies of the latest Regulations and calculators for the trainees to use, and provide free parking and free refreshments during breaks for courses held in Southampton (there is also a good café on site that students are welcome to use).

Open Courses

  • Three day certification courses - £385.00 + VAT per person
  • Two day revalidation course - £285.00 + VAT per person

On-site Courses

  • Variable, but typically £1000.00 + VAT for initial courses. Please contact us for a quotation.

Course Syllabus

From the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, Table 1.5.A, the minimum training requirements provided by our courses for the various categories of staff are indicated below:

Shippers & Packers Freight Forwarders Operators & Ground Handling Agents Security Screeners
Minimum items with which candidates must be familiar. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
General philosophy                        
General shippers requirements      
Dangerous Goods List (the Blue Pages)        
General packing requirements        
Packing Instructions        
Marking and Labelling                        
Shippers Declaration & documentation          
Acceptance procedures  
Recognition of hidden Dangerous Goods                        
Storage and Loading procedures        
Pilots’ notification      
Provisions for passengers & Crew                        
Emergency Procedures                        

Infectious Substances Courses

We can offer a CAA approved one-day specialist course for those specifically shipping infectious substances, diagnostic specimens and associated materials by air. Though these materials are included in the standard IATA course, due to their complexity, additional study may be prudent.  As always, these courses can be hosted on your own premises, or at our training centre in Southampton.

The range of subjects covered include:

  • Classification of Category A (UN2814 and UN2900), and Category B substances, both human and animal
  • Packaging infectious substances/diagnostic specimens
  • Biological Substances, Category B (UN3373)
  • Marking and labelling
  • Shippers' Declarations and airway bills
  • The requirements for dry ice, cryogenic gases and dry-shippers
  • Restrictions and limitations
  • Genetically Modified Micro-organisms (if required)
  • Exempted materials

It will also cover the requirements for samples that are contained within small amounts of potentially flammable or toxic preservative fluids (using the Excepted Quantity and "de minimus"provisions).

This course will result in the award of a training certificate, valid for 24 months, but restricted only to Class 6.2 goods - therefore is not suitable for those additionally shipping other classes. We will provide a comprehensive course handbook covering all the requirements, therefore the trainees will not need to purchase the full IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

The course is suitable for shippers (doctors, medical professionals, veterinarians, drug company employees, zoologists, forensics technicians, etc), packers, cargo agents, acceptance and operators' staff, and is ideally suited for institutions such as hospitals and universities.

The same course is suitable for both initial or revalidation candidates, and we do not impose a maximum number to trainees.


Lithium Batteries Courses

Lithium batteries are now the preferred energy source to power a variety of consumer products - from mobile phones, to children’s toys, and even vehicles. However, lithium batteries are dangerous goods, and can pose a serious safety risk if not prepared in compliance with the transport regulations, and the shipment of lithium batteries by air is a very fast growing, but sometimes very complicated process (in 2009, 3.3 billion Li-ion batteries were transported by air, and this is expected to rise to 8 billion per year by 2020).

This one-day, examined, course covers these items in far greater detail than the run-of-the-mill IATA course, and is specifically designed for those shipping lithium ion or lithium metal batteries as both fully-regulated or partially exempted packages (i.e. Section II shipments). It is kept fully updated to account for changes in the Regulations. We can easily add the requirements for road and sea transport too if required.

As always, these courses can be hosted on your own premises, or at our training centre in Southampton.

It covers such subjects as:

  • Passenger baggage restrictions
  • Exemptions
  • Classification of lithium batteries
  • "State Of Charge"
  • Sections I, IA, IB and II requirements
  • Packaging requirements (a study of the relevant Packing Instructions)
  • Special Provisions
  • Marking and labelling
  • Documentation

Note that this course is specific only to lithium batteries, and will not be suitable if you also consign other dangerous goods.

To assist shippers in understanding the complex requirements related to the transport of lithium batteries, IATA has prepared the Lithium Battery Shipping Guidelines (LBSG).
These can be downloaded here: Guidance Document (pdf) to help you to comply with the 59th (2018) Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.