FedEx Dangerous Goods Training

Federal Requirement

The federal government requires every dangerous goods shipper to have job-specific dangerous goods training before tendering a dangerous goods shipment to FedEx or any air carrier. Shippers are directly responsible for the correct transport of dangerous goods by air.

The government regulations state:

  • Each person involved in the shipping and/or handling of dangerous goods must be trained.
  • Recurrent training must occur every two years. Exception: In the U.S., the Department of Transportation (DOT), as competent authority, allows training for shippers every three years.
  • An enforcement agency may review your training records at any time.

Why Select FedEx Dangerous Goods Training

In talking with our DG training customers, we’ve identified three primary reasons why they choose FedEx to complete their federally-required Dangerous Goods training:

Demonstrated Dangerous Goods Transport & Training Expertise
  • FedEx was one of the first companies to offer Dangerous Goods training to external customers beginning in the mid-1980s
  • FedEx has trained over 35,000 customers in Dangerous Goods shipping procedures, while also maintaining DG currency over 10,000 employees annually
  • FedEx seminars are taught by experienced DG Instructors who help our customers ship over 600,000 DG shipments annually when they are not leading seminars
Accessibility & Learning Environment
  • FedEx DG Seminars are offered in over 30 different cities and other destination locations
  • FedEx features venues that include only high quality hotels and resorts
  • Customers from a variety of industries and experience levels attend, generating significant discussion and informal best-practice sharing
  • Beginning in January 2013, all FedEx DG participants will receive a joint DG shipper training certificate from FedEx and IATA (International Air Transport Association)

Seminar Descriptions

FedEx offers four types of Dangerous Goods seminars:

3-Day Dangerous Goods Seminar A three-day comprehensive class that covers all aspects of shipping dangerous goods by air, including general familiarization and fundamentals, identification, classification, packaging, marking, labeling, and documentation. This class is designed not only for initial training but for recurrent training as well. (Radioactive materials training is not included in this class.)

Topics typically covered at our 3-day seminar:
  • Day 1: Applicability, limitations, classification and identification.
  • Day 2: Packing, packaging specifications and performance tests, marking and labeling, and documentation.
  • Day 3: Variations & Final Test. The proctored exam period runs from 1 - 4 pm.
1-Day Dangerous Goods "Recurrent" Seminar This class was created in response to numerous requests from many of our shippers. It is specifically designed for the experienced shipper. It covers the same general awareness and familiarization training but at a more advanced pace. There is, however, a prerequisite. In order to attend this class the participant MUST have attended a FedEx Express dangerous goods seminar within the past two years. Proof of attendance is required. (Radioactive materials training is not included in this class.)
1-Day Radioactive Materials Seminar A one-day comprehensive class that covers all aspects of shipping radioactive materials by air, including general familiarization, identification, classification, packaging, marking, labeling and documentation.
Private “On-site” Seminars FedEx can leverage our vast Dangerous Goods expertise to customize a unique 1, 2 or 3 day training experience to meet your organization’s specific needs. The on-site DG seminars are a popular and cost-effective way for large organizations to ensure that all employees who handle dangerous goods receive consistent training in Dangerous Goods handling and shipping procedures. To request this service, call 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339, then say "dangerous goods" to reach the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Hotline.

To get more information, view the current seminar schedule or to register, please visit the seminar registration page.