Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) Initial Category 3 with DGR Manual (partner-taught or self-study)

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About the course

This course is designed for freight forwarder staff who either have no prior DGR training or who have not updated their training during the past 24 months. This course fulfills ICAO and IATA training requirements and qualifies you to handle and process dangerous goods for carriage of by air for a 24-month period. You can renew your qualification before its expiration date with the relevant recurrent training course.

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Course code: TCGP-13

IATA Dangerous Goods training is evolving from traditional learning to competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) as agreed by ICAO. We have already begun the move to this skills-based approach and therefore you might choose to register instead for the new corresponding courses: Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Processing DG Consignments - Initial.

Find out more about the CBTA approach well-defined functions, current courses and previous corresponding categories

Categories 3 & 6 will correspond to CBTA DGR Reference H.6.3 | Accepting Dangerous Goods Consignments & Processing Dangerous Goods Consignments

The 63rd edition of the Dangerous Goods Regulations includes the provisions on competency-based training and assessment (CBTA) as agreed by the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel in DGP/27 (September 2019). There is a two-year transition period and therefore, the training provisions from the 61st edition may continue to be used until 31 December 2022.

Please note that this course will be retired by 30 September 2022.

Course format

  • This course is available in e-book or printed format.
  • This course requires approximately 35-45 hours of study to be completed by 30 November 2022 (enrollment validity). After the enrollment validity expires, the users will not have access to the course content and will not be able to take the exam.
  • Student performance will be based on an examination. Please refer to the Exam Information below for more details.

Enrol at an Accredited Training School to study these materials with the help of a local trainer, or alternatively you can choose to study these materials on your own.

Please note that the enrollment validity for this course expires on 30 November 2022, irrespective of the date of enrollment. Please ensure that you complete the course and take your exam before this date. The 22-30 November 2022 session will be the last opportunity to take your exam.

Registration information

Important: Please note that if you are purchasing courses for more than one person, you must create a User Account for each individual. Registration and payment must be done through each User Account. You cannot use one User Account to purchase courses for multiple individuals. However, you may pay for multiple individuals by one credit card or bank transfer through each individual’s User Account. If you pay by bank transfer, please attach a copy of the bank transfer issued by the sender’s bank to each individual’s order. If you are a company wishing to purchase courses for 10 or more employees, please Contact Us for more information on how to register multiple users.


USD 275 (e-book) / USD 275 (printed)
USD 320 (e-book) / USD 320 (printed)

What you will learn

Upon completing this course you will have the skills to:

  • Apply the IATA DGR to common work situations
  • Understand related legal aspects and responsibilities of shippers, agents, and airlines
  • Identify dangerous goods permitted for transport and their DGR categories
  • Pack, mark, and label dangerous goods
  • Complete a Shipper’s Declaration for dangerous goods
  • Follow general emergency procedures when a damaged package is discovered

Course content

  • Contents of the IATA DGR
  • Dangerous goods classes and divisions
  • Identification
  • Packing, marking, labeling, and documentation requirements
  • Radioactive materials

Supporting Materials

The training kit includes:

  • Course book
  • IATA Dangerous Goods Training Program, Book 1
  • Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the current edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations manual. If you are purchasing the e-book course, the manual will also be provided in e-book format. It is an indispensable field publication that you will refer to throughout this course and in your day-to-day duties.

Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • All Category 3 personnel as per Table 1.5.A of the IATA DGR
  • Freight Forwarder staff preparing DG / HAZMAT shipments
  • IATA Accredited Cargo Agents
  • Personnel acting on behalf the operator in processing dangerous goods

Certificate awarded

An IATA DGR CAT 3 Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 80% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

Exam information

Please read the General Information on Partner-taught / Self-study exams, and check the Course edition list for exams when booking your exam.

  • Exam Method: Online exam with remote supervision
  • Exam Format: Subjective type questions. Open textbook, a digital or printed copy of the current DGR Manual is required during the exam. No other materials are allowed.
  • Number of questions: 20 (total of 100 marks)
  • Time Allowance: 3.5 hours
  • Passing Grade: 80% correct answers
  • Distinction Grade: 90% correct answers
  • Number of exam attempts: 2

This course is a step toward earning an IATA Diploma in:

Air Cargo Diploma (self-study)

This diploma will give you a well-rounded introduction to today’s complex air cargo industry, helping you get a head start in your career at an airline, freight forwarder or ground handling company. You will learn about the key stakeholders in the air cargo supply chain, how they operate, and the skill sets you need to stand out as a desirable candidate.

  • English
  • 中文

Special Cargo Handling Diploma (Self-study)

Develop a solid foundation for your cargo career by gaining knowledge and skills to accept and handle special cargo products such as dangerous goods, live animals and pharmaceuticals

  • English

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