49 CFR Basic DOT HM-181 Hazmat Training Course for Hazmat Haulers #1058

Course Details


TIME TO COMPLETE:Approximately 4 hours
CONTINUING EDUCATION:0.4 CEUs, 4 contact hours
COURSE AVAILABLE FOR:30 days (you can come and go from the training as you would like)
REGULATIONS SATISFIED:49 CFR, Part 172.704 (Subpart H) *All carriers will accept this certification such as FedEx, UPS, & DHL.

If you are in the state of Washington, you will need a specific training course through the dol.wa.gov site.

In order to legally haul hazardous materials in the U.S you must have this DOT Hazmat Employee Certification.
REFRESH AGAIN:Every 3 years
TYPE OF TRAINING:This course is an interactive power point with audio and video. Students can come and go from the course as they need and will have 30 days to complete it.

Max Subscription Days: 30 Days
Code: 1058
Subjects: ENGLISH COURSES DOT Hazmat Courses
Price: US $139.00

As someone who ships, handles, stores or transports hazardous materials, you’re required to take a United States Department of Transportation (DOT) training course.

A basic DOT training course will allow you to familiarize yourself with the concepts and procedures you need to promote a safe work environment. During training, you’ll learn about general awareness, safety procedures and security training for hazardous materials specific to your occupation.

You must complete DOT training every three years to ensure you utilize the safest practices. This course will fulfill that requirement. If you are renewing your certification, you should plan to finish this course before your current certificate expires. While obtaining your certification, you can continue to work under supervision.


Do you have a job that puts you in contact with hazardous materials that are handled, packed, or transported in any way? Hazmat School proudly offers a detailed HM-181 course that complies with national safety standards, so Hazmat employees can continue to safely work with, handle, and transport hazardous materials. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has established a series of regulations governing training programs for what are termed Hazmat Employees. Basic DOT Hazmat training is often referred to as HM-181 or HM-126 training. Employees in need of Basic DOT Hazmat training could be anyone who meets any of the following criteria:

  1. A person who offers a hazardous material for transportation
  2. A person who handles hazardous material transportation
  3. A person who labels or marks packages that are being transported
  4. A person who signs of on any DOT document including hazardous waste manifests

Do You Ship Hazmat via Fedex, UPS, DHL or Other Carriers?

Many people who are new to working with hazardous materials don’t realize they may have to undergo DOT hazmat employee training for transporting hazmat. This seems to be particularly true among people who ship hazmat through a third-party such as FedEx, UPS or DHL.

You don’t actually have to be the person who physically transports hazardous materials from point A to point B to need DOT training. You may simply be the individual who packages, labels, placards or marks the materials. Professionals who receive hazardous materials shipped through a third-party also need to complete HM 181 Department of Transportation hazmat training.

Hazardous materials, or “dangerous goods,”  are things that pose a serious risk to safety, health and property during transport to and from multiple locations. These materials can be in one of nine classes of hazards that include explosives, flammable solids and miscellaneous hazardous materials, among others. Toxic waste is not the only hazardous material, but it is commonly thought of when hearing that term. In fact, many everyday items are considered dangerous goods, such as cleaning supplies, aerosols, insecticides and used paint.

Even if your business ships seemingly harmless things like computers or batteries using a third-party carrier, you and your employees may need DOT hazmat training. If you fail to complete the required training and pass the related exam, your organization may be subjected to fines and/or litigation if an accident or shipping incident results in injuries or property or environmental damage.

Do You Operate a Vehicle That Transports Hazardous Materials?

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If you drive a vehicle that carries dangerous goods, you need to complete initial DOT HM 181 hazmat employee training and ongoing training thereafter. The DOT training requirements don’t just apply to the operators of big rigs. Instead, they apply to all drivers who operate a vehicle of any size, make or model that’s used to transport hazardous materials.

Do You Want to Get Your Hazmat Endorsement on Your CDL?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue you your hazmat endorsement for your CDL. That credential is only available through a state’s Division of Motor Vehicles. While that’s true, our online HM-181 training course for transporting hazardous materials is required in addition to your endorsement in order for you to transport hazmat in the U.S.

Do You Work in a Shipping/Receiving Department That Ships of Receives Hazardous Materials?

Although you may think otherwise, employees who work in a shipping and/or receiving department that handles dangerous goods, signs off on any paperwork or is involved in any way with getting the hazardous materials from point A to B they must satisfy strict training requirements. This online hazmat training course for transporting hazardous materials will help you and your staff members do just that.


This program is simple to take and will help you to understand your role. Additionally, it will set up further training programs should they also be required. This HM-181 training course is presented in an easy-to-understand format and is filled with interactive activities, industry-specific examples, and PowerPoints with audio and video to fully ensure you understand the regulations and safety precautions behind transporting hazardous materials.

We’ll send you an official DOT certificate documenting compliance with the DOT Hazardous Material training requirement once you’ve completed the course. This course will also fulfill your tri-annual DOT refresher requirement.

Hazmat School also offers additional training courses. For example, if you ship automotive supplies, such as airbags or seatbelt pretensioners, you may need our more customized course #1200. If you select the specific types of packaging for the products you ship, then you need our packaging course #1205. We have all the training you need to become certified in your industry.

Students who take this course work in a variety of industries across the country. Here’s what one of our students had to say about our training:

“I was very pleased with the interactive course format and the virtual instructor. Each portion was explained in detail and quizzes were very helpful. The final exam was also on point. I would recommend this course to other companies requiring DOT Hazmat training for their staff.” – Glasgow, KY

Do you ship automotive supplies (airbags or seatbelt pretensioners)? You may need our more customized course #1200.

Do you select the specific types of packaging for the products you ship? Then you need our packaging course #1205.


Hazmat certification and refresher courses are required for employers and employees in a wide variety of industries. Here are some of the verticals that

mandate employers and employees undergo DOT-approved training:

  1. Trucking
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Recycling
  4. Electronics
  5. Appliances
  6. Automotive
  7. Painting
  8. Beauty

If you’re planning to launch a new business or career and aren’t sure if you need to earn an HM 181 Department of Transportation hazmat training certification, it’s best to investigate. As an employer, you can minimize the chances you’ll incur fines or face litigation if you and your employees have the required training. If you are a prospective employee who has all the right credentials in place, you may be more immediately employable.

How to Decide if Your Organization Needs Hazmat Employee Training

Anyone who handles hazardous materials needs hazmat training. If your employees store, treat, transport, generator or dispose of hazardous materials, they need hazmat training. Those who mark or repair shipping containers or packages for hazardous material also need hazmat training. Even workers who identify materials or fill out reports must have the proper training.

Depending on your specific job duties, you may need to take a DOT refresher training every three years or another course to comply with federal regulations, stay up to date with safety requirements and ensure a safe workplace.

What to Expect During Training

If this is your first training course or the first course you’ve taken with Hazmat School, we know you might have some questions. Below, we’ve detailed the course objectives, deadlines, grading policy and course requirements, so you know exactly what to expect when you begin your training course.

Course Objectives

The structure and objectives of this online DOT Hazmat course are centered on the requirements outlined in the DOT Hazmat regulation. Each unit is based on one or more of the following requirements. Upon completion of this program, the participants will have completed the following:

  1. Met the requirements of 49 CFR, Part 172.704 for certification in hazardous materials handling and transportation.
  2. Reviewed the requirements of the DOT regulations relative to the transportation of hazardous materials.
  3. Reviewed the basic safety elements including recognition and identification of hazardous materials as required by the DOT regulations and the Hazard Communication Standard.
  4. Reviewed the basic operations required for handling emergencies involving hazardous materials for the DOT Hazmat Employee.
  5. Demonstrated some basic functions required for a DOT Hazmat Employee including basic knowledge of the Hazardous Materials Table (49 CFR 172.101), Labels and Placards, and Shipping Papers.
  6. Reviewed the nine DOT hazard classes and associated them with the appropriate placards for use in transportation.
  7. An awareness of security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation (HM-232).
  8. An awareness of methods designed to enhance transportation security.
  9. An awareness of how to recognize and respond to possible security threats.

Course Requirementsdot hazmat books

Students will have to go through all modules in order to unlock the final exam at the end of the course. You will need a computer or iPad with Internet access and an email account. No text is required; all course materials are available online. The course will take approximately 4 hours to complete but you can come and go as you need.

Grading Policy

To pass this course, you must complete the 30-question multiple choice and true/false exam with a grade of 75% or better. You may retake the quiz up to a total of three (3) times if you do not receive a grade of at least 75% on the initial attempt.

Course Schedule and Deadlines

The course is designed to be self-paced. You will have 30 days to complete it and can come and go as you need. After one month, you will need to re-enroll. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive an official DOT pdf certificate right away.


To comply with DOT and OSHA safety standards, it is required that all employees who work with and around hazardous materials take and pass the necessary training courses. At Hazmat School, we offer the best online HM-181 training possible at the best possible price. We adhere to the strict DOT and OSHA standards to give you the knowledge you need to protect yourself and others while on the job. OSHA’s strict standards dictate that personnel who are shipping or working with hazardous materials must have the knowledge to protect themselves in any situation. After completing our online DOT HM-181 or HM-126 course, you will be prepared for any interaction with hazardous materials.

Earn Your DOT Certification Online Today

Hazmat School is fully prepared to offer you the training you need. Whether you’re looking to add to your professional credentials or are an employer who needs to certify your employees, we’ve got you covered. With fully online courses and 24/7 professional assistance, you can complete your training on your own time and obtain your certification immediately.

Providing the highest quality learning experiences to over 20,000 students each year, all of our certified instructors strive to individually work with each student to ensure they completely understand and learn the course material.

If your job requires you to take an HM-181 training course, let our certified professionals help you get the certification you need in no time. Register today for our basic DOT HM 181 hazmat training course online and become certified when it’s convenient for you, or contact us at 877-OSHA-NOW (674-2669) for details!

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