IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations for Function 7.1. / 7.3. – Initial


When shipping cargo via airfreight, one of the main concerns is, to ensure a “safe handling and transport of Dangerous Goods”.
Safety is your responsibility, but do you know the appropriate precautions you have to take?
Do you know how to prepare and pack the dangerous cargo properly?
What kind of markings, labels and documents are needed?

Discover now all the rules and regulations through this IATA approved DGR Initial training !

Once you have successfully completed this training and examination, you will be able to understand the regulations published in the IATA DGR manual and use them in your daily practice.

As a shipper, you will be able to :

  • Identify the hazard type
  • Understand the limitations of quantities accepted for air shipments
  • Define if a shipment should be carried on board of a passenger flight or on a full cargo aircraft.
  • Use appropriate packing and apply correct markings & labeling on your packages
  • Establish the correct documentation to accompany the shipment
  • Handle & store the goods in a safe way.
  • Find your way and receive the proper contacts/addresses of companies/authorities who set the standards for shipping dangerous goods by air.

In addition, as a Freight Forwarder and/or airline/ground handling agent, you will be able to :

  • Verify, to the extent possible, that the consignment of dangerous goods complies with the requirements of these Dangerous Goods Regulations

Through this training, you will have obtained all skills, relative to dangerous goods, which you need in your daily job !

An IATA Certificate is awarded after successful completion of the course and the final examination.

Target audience 

  • Shippers, packers
  • Warehouse management companies,
  • Freight forwarders, cargo agents, consolidators,
  • Handling agents & airline cargo acceptance staff, cargo      operations and ground handling staff
  • Airlines
  • Instructional designers and instructors of DGR
  • All persons involved in the preparation, packing, handling, storage, shipping, inspection and acceptance of dangerous goods

This training is the INITIAL DGR training and meets the training requirements for personnel listed in Function 7.1. or 7.3. of the IATA DGR (CBTA).
Recurrent training has to be followed, within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current. (see our “DGR Refresher” Trainings)


Knowledge of the English language is a must. (all training material and examination are in English)

Important : to bring with you during the course : 

Each participant has to bring the most recent version of the IATA Dangerous Regulations manual (=65th Edition, valid from 01 Jan 2024 till 31 Dec 2024) to the course, as these Regulations will be used for all exercises and for the exam.
If you do not have this most recent manual in your office, then you can order this book via VdP.  (price is 305,00 euro, excl. eventual delivery cost).
Kindly confirm your order by email to classroom@vdpbelgium.com if you would like to buy this manual.  (orders should reach us no later then 14 working days before the training, in order to have them delivered on time!)

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Section 1 : Applicability
    • Basis of the regulations
    • Shipper’s and operator’s responsibilities
    • Training requirements
    • Dangerous goods security
  • Section 2 : Limitations
    • Forbidden dangerous goods
    • Hidden dangerous goods
  • Section 3 : Classification
  • Section 4 : Identification
    • Use of the dangerous goods list (blue pages)
    • N.o.s. entries
    • Mixtures and solutions, single and multiple hazards

Day 2

  • Section 4 : Identification (continued)
  • Section 5 : Packing
    • General packing requirements
    • Types of packaging
    • Packing instructions
  • Section 6 : Packaging specifications & performance tests

Day 3

  • Section 7 : Marking & labeling
  • Section 8 : Documentation
    • Shipper’s Declaration for dangerous goods
    • AWB
  • Section 9 : Handling
    • Dangerous goods Reporting and emergency response
    • Acceptance – use of checklist
    • Storage and loading
    • Inspection of the packages
    • Provision of information
  • Lithium Batteries by air

Day 4

  • Examination (a.m. or p.m.) => as per choice of the student

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