DOT HazMat General Awareness Training

General Awareness

Fulfill your DOT HazMat general awareness training requirements and learn the basics of safe hazardous material transportation. Start now! 

Includes: Certificate of Completion

Duration: 1 Hour(s) | Language: English | 4.0 (4 Reviews)

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About this Course

What is DOT HazMat General Awareness Training? 

This course introduces you to the Hazardous Materials Regulation (HMR) and the basics of safely transporting hazardous materials. You'll learn about the U.S. and international regulations that apply and how hazardous materials are classified. 

This course meets the following general awareness/familiarization training requirements:

  • Title 49 CFR – Transportation
    • 49 CFR 172.704 – Training Requirements

It does NOT meet your security awareness or function-specific training requirements.

For advanced awareness training with modal-specific, security awareness, and general awareness, enroll in our DOT HazMat Advanced General Awareness Course.

Who Should Take DOT HazMat General Awareness Training? 

If your job directly affects the safe transportation of hazardous materials, this course is for you. That includes anyone who: 

  • Ships or receives hazardous materials 
  • Prepares hazardous materials for transport 
  • Loads or unloads hazardous material shipments 

Depending on your duties, you may need additional, function-specific training. 

Course Facts


What You Get

Certificate of completion 


Who Should Take the Training?

HazMat employees 


Course Format

100% online 


Course Access

Courses Available 24/7


Standards Covered

49 CFR 172.704 (general awareness ONLY) 


Course Structure

At your own pace, save progress as you go 



Support available by email, phone, or chat


Course Updates

Content is updated and current 

Topics Covered

  • Hazardous Materials and Regulations 
  • General Awareness Training 


What's the Difference Between the General Awareness and Advanced General Awareness Courses? 

General Awareness is the 1-hour course that meets your general awareness requirement ONLY.   

Advanced General Awareness is a 10-hour course. In addition to the general awareness requirement, it meets your security awareness requirement AND it provides an overview of all (modal-specific) carrier requirements. 

When and How Often Do I Need DOT HazMat Training? 

By DOT regulation, you need to complete initial HazMat training: 

  • Within 90 days of being hired as a new HazMat employee  
  • Within 90 days of changing HazMat duties as an existing employee   
  • Within 90 days of a revised security plan being implemented (applies to in-depth security training ONLY) 

If you start performing duties before you're trained, you need to perform your duties under the direct supervision of a properly trained and knowledgeable HazMat employee. 

Then, training needs to be repeated at least once every 3 years. 

When Does My Course Expire? 

Your course will expire one (1) year after you purchase it (the date you submit payment), unless the course itself indicates otherwise.  

For more information about course expiration dates, please read our Terms of Use.  

How Quickly Will I Get My Certificate of Completion?  

Once you finish your course and pass any required exams, you can print your certificate of completion right away.    

What Can I Do If I Lose My Certificate?  

If you lose your certificate of completion and need a new one, you can contact customer service at (877) 881-2235 or   

What If I Need a Refund for My Training Course? 

If for some reason you are not happy and would like a refund, send us a request within 72 hours of purchase. Here are the eligibility requirements you must meet: 

  • Your purchase was made no more than 72 hours prior to your refund request. 
  • You have NOT: 
    • Attempted any portion of a test or exam. 
    • Requested or been issued a certificate of completion. 
    • Completed 50% or more of the purchased course. 

If you meet all of these criteria, submit your refund request in writing via email to with a proof-of-purchase receipt and an explanation for why you are requesting a refund. 

You can find more information about our refund policy here

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