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Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) for Carriers

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) for Carriers

This course is continuously updated to meet all of Transport Canada's training requirements under the TDG Regulations, for all persons who handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods.

The updated course will be available for purchase in September 2018. To be notified when it's ready, please contact us.

Format: e-Course
Language: French | English

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Carriers are the people who transport dangerous goods, which may also include loading and unloading shipments. They must be fully qualified and trained for their work. The six modules of this course provide a detailed description of the parts of the TDG regulations that carriers must know. This includes documentation, safety marks, means of containment, emergency response and special cases for road transport. Examples and quizzes reinforce learning.

Each module has a self-assessment to test understanding of the material. A record of completion is provided upon successful completion of the exam.

Topics include 6 modules:

  1. Overview: Provides an introduction and overview of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) system, the Act and Regulations, including training, classification, documentation, safety marks, means of containment and emergencies.
  2. Documentation of Dangerous Goods: Explains the purpose of documentation, the information requirements for shipping documents, and the requirements for consignors, carriers and consignees.
  3. Safety Marks: Explains the purposes and kinds of safety marks and the requirements for safety marks, including how they are displayed and when they can be removed.
  4. Means of Containment: Describes the various types of containers for dangerous goods, the UN Packaging system and other standards for means of containment, certification safety marks, and other requirements to receive, handle and store means of containment.
  5. Emergency Response: Describes the various types of dangerous occurrences, the requirements for reporting and responding to leaks and spills, the use of the Emergency Response Guidebook, and Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs).
  6. Special Cases for Road Transport: Describes exemptions or partial exemptions from the requirements of the Regulations and explains when they can be used.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply and understand the purpose of the TDG Act and Regulations
  • List and understand your responsibilities as a carrier under the Act and Regulations
  • Apply the requirements for documentation and safety marks
  • Ensure that means of containment are properly loaded and unloaded
  • Understand and fulfill your obligations in the event of an emergency, including reporting
  • Make appropriate use of applicable exemptions for road transport

Average time to complete this course is approximately 5.5 hours.

The course reflects Amendment 6 (February 2008) to the TDG Regulations, as well as Amendment 8 (June 2009) to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992.

Target Audience

Recommended for anyone who transports dangerous goods

Guidelines for Training Criteria:

Transport Canada has prepared guidelines to help understand the training requirements in Part 6 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. For further information on the guidelines, see The guidelines indicate what Parts of the Regulations should be included in a person's specific training.

This e-course covers the topics listed in Training Guideline D.

CCOHS offers three other TDG courses to meet your specific needs:

  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods: A complete 8-module course designed for managers and supervisors, employees and others who need to know about and perform duties relating to TDG.
  • TDG: An Overview: Designed for managers and supervisors, employees and others who need to know about TDG, but are not responsible for TDG activities.
  • TDG for Consignors/Consignees: Intended for shippers and receivers.


Prior technical knowledge of the TDG system is not a requirement. However, experience as a driver and familiarity with practices in the transportation industry is helpful.

Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet - and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.

Review Process

CCOHS courses are unique in that they are developed by subject specialists in the field, and reviewed by representatives from labour, employers and government to ensure the content and approach are unbiased and credible.

VuBiz Partnership

We partnered with Vubiz - an international leader in e-learning development - to create this e-course.

Vubiz offers other related e-learning courses that may also be of interest to you. Read about them in the Vubiz Catalogue of e-learning courses.

Date Modified: 2018-05-31 13:00:58