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Course Introduction

September 3, 2017


Welcome to the Transport of dangerous goods by air – awareness course. This course has been approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the employee groups:

  • Group B
  • Group C

At the successful completion of this course, you will be issued a Dangerous Goods Certificate as evidence of completing a Dangerous Goods training Course.

Completion requirements

This training course is mandatory for Group B, and C employees, who are defined in the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR Part 92.085).

  • Group B – an employee whose duties include accepting, or supervising someone whose duties include accepting, cargo consigned for transport on an aircraft (other than cargo known or believed to contain dangerous goods) at any time after it leaves the custody of the original consignor, or, a deemed employee whose functions include those duties
  • Group C – an employee who is a member of an aircraft’s flight crew or a load planner, or, a deemed employee whose function includes performing the duties of a member of an aircraft’s flight crew or a load planner

Upon successful completion, this training is valid for two years. Therefore all participants are required to complete the course once every two years.


This training is designed to provide an awareness of dangerous goods carried by air. Upon successful completion, participants will:

  • be able to identify dangerous goods;
  • have knowledge of the current regulations and be aware of the general philosophy;
  • be able to identify the classes of dangerous goods;
  • be able to refer to the List of Dangerous Goods;
  • recognise and identify the hazard/handling labels applicable to dangerous goods;
  • recognise and identify dangerous goods package use and package specification marks;
  • be able to identify potential hidden hazards in cargo;
  • be familiar with loading and storage procedures;
  • be aware of the provisions for dangerous goods in baggage of passengers and crew;
  • be familiar with dangerous goods emergency response procedures.

Curriculum References

During the course we will provide extracts of the curriculum references where relevant. Some referenced manuals or documents are subject to copyright. For these documents you will need to obtain your own copy if you wish to explore them. Completing this course does not rely on having access to these documents.

  • ICAO Document 9284, Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
  • IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, 59th Edition

Extracts from these documents are not to be used for operational purposes. They are for educational purposes only.

Required course material

A Learners Workbook is available with this course. Learners should either print this workbook and refer to it during the course, or, keep the PDF copy handy and refer to it during the course.

Course completion

This course is divided into eight Units as shown below.

  • Unit 1 – Applicability
  • Unit 2 – Limitations
  • Unit 3 – Classification
  • Unit 4 – Identification
  • Unit 5 – Marking and labelling
  • Unit 6 – Storage and loading
  • Unit 7 – Provision of information
  • Unit 8 – Dangerous goods emergency response

To complete this course and be issued your certificate, all units must be completed, and the final assessment exam must also be completed and passed.
Each unit includes your course material, which will include various learning aids such as;

  • Video
  • Written text
  • Interactive modules
  • PDF Documents

Within each unit you will also find revision quizzes and activities. The quizzes are designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of each unit, and must be passed in order to progress through the course.

The activities, which can be found in the learners workbook, are voluntary and have been designed to allow you to practice the skills required and discussed in that unit. We recommend completing the activities as you work your way through the course, especially if you would like to test your knowledge.

The learner workbook is yours to keep, although it is subject to copyright. You can use it to complete the course, but you are not allowed to share it with others. It’s issued to you, for your learning.

At the end of this course there is an assessment which you will need to pass to successfully complete the course. The assessment has been developed in accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations and Advisory Circular 92-03(0) Dangerous goods training courses and instructors.

The assessment includes 30 questions in total. You must achieve 80% to pass the assessment. You may attempt the assessment more than once as follows;

Initial assessment attempt: You will be given three attempts at achieving 80%, after a third attempt and if you have not achieved 80%, the entire course will need to be completed again.
The assessment questions are drawn from a bank of 60 questions in total, and each assessment attempted will use a different combination of questions.

We advise you to use your learner guide to progress through the course, make notes where applicable, and pay attention to each question. Read it and understand it before you answer each question.

The exam is open book, and we do provide extracts from the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations as and when required to answer the questions. You may also use your own copy of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, however, you will need the 2018, 59th edition.

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