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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.

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) for Consignors/Consignees
Format: e-Course
Language: English | French

Course Description

Consignors and consignees are the people who are responsible for shipping and receiving dangerous goods in the TDG system. They must be fully qualified and trained for this work. The five modules of this course provide a detailed description of the parts of the TDG regulations that consignors and consignees must know.

Examples and quizzes reinforce learning and each module has a self-assessment to test understanding of the material. A record of completion is provided upon successful completion of the final exam.

Topics include 5 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. Classification of Dangerous Goods: Describes how dangerous goods are classified for road and rail transport, the 9 hazard classes, and the relationship of TDG classes to shipping requirements.
  3. Documentation of Dangerous Goods: Explains the purpose of documentation, the information requirements for shipping documents, and the requirements for consignors, carriers and consignees.
  4. 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.
  5. Means of Containment: Describes the various kinds 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.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply and understand the purpose of the TDG Act and Regulations
  • List the responsibilities of consignors and consignees under the Act & Regulations
  • Describe the requirements and process for classifying dangerous goods and applying the appropriate labels and other safety marks to means of containment
  • Know the information requirements for shipping documents as they apply to consignors, carriers and consignees
  • Know how to use standards and technical specifications to select appropriate means of containment for dangerous goods
  • Describe the requirements for preparing, receiving, handling and storing means of containment

Average time to complete this course is about 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 shippers and receivers.

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 B and C.

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 Carriers: Intended for people who transport dangerous goods, which may include loading and unloading shipments.


Prior technical knowledge of the transportation of dangerous goods system is not a requirement. However, familiarity with warehousing, shipping and receiving are 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.