DOT HM-181: Basic Hazmat Employee Training

Learn the proper markings, labels, and shipping papers for HazMat transportation and fulfill your DOT HazMat training requirements. Start today! 

Includes: Certificate of Completion

Duration: 4 Hour(s) | Language: English | 2.7 (3 Ratings)

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About this Course

What is DOT HM-181 Basic Hazmat Employee Training? 

This course covers Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) and the shipping documents, labels, and markings required to safely ship and transport hazardous materials.   

You'll learn: 

  • The Hazardous Materials Table 
  • Shipping description requirements for hazardous materials by class 
  • The marking requirements for bulk and non-bulk packaging 
  • The rules for limited quantities of materials 
  • The particular marking and labeling requirements for radioactive materials 

This course meets some training requirements specified in 49 CFR 172.704. It assumes that the manufacturer or shipper has already identified the hazardous material. 

It does NOT meet your security awareness requirements. 

Who Should Take DOT HM-181 Basic Hazmat Employee? 

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

  • Loads, unloads, or handles hazardous materials 
  • Prepares HazMat for transport 
  • Operates a vehicle with HazMat on board   

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 (but NOT security awareness)


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 Table 
  • Shipping Papers 
  • Marking and Labeling 


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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