Training for those who prepare, pack, document and offer dangerous goods for transport by sea, is a mandatory requirement of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

This e-learning course is aimed at those preparing and offering dangerous goods for transport via sea and will provide you with a general overview of the IMDG Code, updated to the latest Amendment, 39-18, which is mandatory from January 2020.

In addition the training covers the main multimodal implications of ADR (European Road Regulations) and 49 CFR (USA HazMat Regulations) that shippers need to be aware of.

From within the course you can download a pdf copy of our Guide to the IMDG Code and full analysis of the changes in the IMDG Code Amendment 39-18 to reference back to once you have completed the course.

No prior experience is necessary. 

Upon passing the test at the end of the course, a personalised certificate is provided.

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Lesson list
VAT Invoice Request
What are 'dangerous goods'?
The IMDG Code
Principles of Classification
Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4.1
Class 4.2 and Class 4.3
Class 5.1
Class 5.2
Class 6.1
Class 6.2
Class 7

Do you offer discounts for multiple purchases?

Yes, please contact us for further information.

We can provide login codes for individual participants, so that multiple purchases can be paid for with one payment.

How long does the course take?

This really depends on you and your learning style, but as a rough guide we suggest approximately 4 hours, including the videos and taking the test.

Is there a time limit?

No, there is no time limit. The course software tracks your progress and you can return at any time convenient to you.

Who wrote the course?

The course was originally written and produced to mirror our on-site training in 2015 by Nathan Lewis-Johnson, our principal consultant with over 10 years' experience as a qualified dangerous goods safety advisor.

The current version of the course has been updated for the IMDG Code Amendment 39-18 and reviewed by Nathan and our team of consultants at EcoStar Environmental.

Is help available during the course?

Yes, you can contact us at any point via online chat, comment boxes throughout the lessons or via phone or email and we'll give you all the help and assistance you require.

Do I need a copy of the IMDG Code to complete the course?

No, but we recommend that you do as you will find it helpful and useful to refer to if you have a hard copy (the IMDG Code is not freely available online).

Within the course, you can download a pdf of our Guide to the IMDG Code to reference back to at any point.

To purchase a copy of the IMDG Code, both hard copies and electronic copies are available from the IMO here:

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the test a personalised pdf certificate is provided for you to download straight away as your training record.

Is previous experience required?

No previous experience is required, but if you are completing both our ADR online awareness training and this training, we recommend you complete the ADR awareness training first.

Additional information

The course is also designed to fulfil the theoretical requirements of function-specific and safety training, as detailed in the IMDG Code Chapter 1.3, for those preparing and offering dangerous goods for transport via sea.

However, because all operations are different, we can not verify the competency of employees, which we recommend should be monitored or verified by the employer.

The training includes videos with audio and the test requires cookies to be enabled on your browser.

The course price is £66.00 per user and includes VAT.

Please contact us if you wish to pay for multiple users by emailed invoice, if you require a VAT invoice, or would like to pay zero rate VAT, e.g. if you are located outside the EU.

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