Online IATA Infectious Substances Training for Packaging & Shipping by Air

Shipping Infectious Substances by Air (IATA)

This infectious substances training course covers the fundamentals of shipping infectious substances and diagnostic specimens by air, and discusses the requirements of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Our 7 step approach encompasses all of the activities which must be addressed when preparing a dangerous good for shipment.

  • Infectious Substances, Category A (UN 2814 and UN 2900),
  • Biological Substances, Category B (UN 3373),
  • Patient Specimens, and
  • Carbon dioxide, solid (dry ice), Class 9 (UN 1845)

Category A & Category B Shipping Training Course Details

Eduwhere’s online IATA Infectious Substances course satisfies the requirement of compliance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations for the shipment of infectious substances, biological substances, patient specimens, and dry ice. Infectious substances are broken into two categories: UN 2814, substances harmful to humans; and UN 3373, substances harmful to animals. Both categories are covered in the course. The class length is estimated at 1 contact hour, although individual completion time may vary.

Course Fee
$190.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate, Wallet Card, Scoresheet
  • Accepted by: DOT / FAA & IATA

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Are you shipping by ground or by air?
All personnel who are involved in shipping infectious substances by air, whether in the preparation, active transportation, or unloading of such substances, must complete IATA Infectious Substances training. This requirement extends to those who participate in the shipping of biological substances, patient specimens, and the dry ice used to preserve such items during shipping. This course covers only shipments transported by aircraft and does *not* cover shipments sent via ground courier. If you ship via ground in the United States, please consider our Shipping Infectious Substances course which covers shipments of infectious substances by both ground (DOT) and air (IATA).

Shipping Infectious Substances Topics

  • General awareness and familiarization
  • Identification of dangerous goods
  • Packaging operations
  • Marking and labeling
  • Shipper's declaration
  • Dry Ice requirements
  • Security Awareness Training and Security Plans

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s IATA Infectious Substances Training Online Class?

A wide range of professionals across industries are involved in the shipping of infectious substances. These include:

  • doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals;
  • laboratory technicians;
  • veterinarians;

and anyone who:

  • prepares infectious substances and biological substances for transportation;
  • selects packaging or packages infectious substances and biological substances;
  • completes a shipper's declaration or other paperwork associated with the transport of infectious substances and biological substances;
  • loads, unloads, or handles dangerous goods, including infectious substances and biological substances;
  • supervises the aforementioned procedures; or
  • is responsible for the safety of transporting dangerous goods.

Are You Responsible for Preparing Packages Containing Infectious Substances?

When infectious materials are shipped by air, there are many safety considerations that must be taken into account at each stage of transport. Apart from the hazardous waste materials themselves, the Personnel who assemble, pack, and seal packages containing infectious substances for air shipment are required to complete IATA Infectious Substances Training. Such individuals must be able to classify the material being shipped, choose packaging that will keep the substance from leaking if the internal container is damaged, and place the substance in the package securely.

Do you know how to handle packages containing dry ice? What should you do if a package is damaged containing infectious substances in transit? Infectious Substances training–which also covers the handling of biological substances, patient specimens, and dry ice for shipping–is an essential component of workplace safety for all individuals who prepare hazmat packages for shipment by air. By learning Eduwhere’s 7-step approach to managing infectious substances, professionals can comply with IATA and feel confident in their ability to perform their jobs safely.


Are You Responsible for Marking or Labeling Packages that Contain Infectious Substances?

The ability to accurately mark and label packages containing infectious substances is critical to workplace safety. The individuals who load and unload hazmat packages before and after air shipment must be informed of the content of such packages to protect themselves and others during loading, transport, and unloading. During the hectic process of moving aircraft cargo, personnel must be able to easily detect packages that contain infectious materials and handle them accordingly.

With proper marking and labeling, everyone involved in the transport process will be aware of a package’s contents and know who to contact in the event of an accident. It is also essential for the contents of each shipment and any special considerations to be properly documented in a shipper’s declaration of hazardous goods. Both personnel involved in these tasks and their supervisors must know how to execute proper protocol to keep their worksite safe.

For these reasons, all professionals involved with the marking, labeling, or documentation of air shipments containing infectious material, biological material, patient specimens, or dry ice must complete IATA Infectious Substances Training. Eduwhere’s class is a convenient, affordable way to ensure that you are fully prepared to perform all duties related to infectious substance shipping by air.

Are You Responsible for Transporting or Shipping Packages Containing Infectious Substances?

Any individual who performs duties related to the air shipment of infectious materials, or who supervises such duties, must complete IATA Infectious Substance training. This pertains to Category A substances (infectious), Category B substances (biological), patient specimens, and dry ice used to preserve substances. Category A substances are further broken down into UN 2814, substances affecting humans, and UN 3373, substances affecting animals.

Do you know how to recognize the hazards associated with various infectious materials labels on a package? Have you ever completed a shipper’s declaration of hazardous goods? By taking this short online class from Eduwhere, you will learn key information that will prepare you to perform all tasks related to the air shipment of hazardous materials. If you are a team leader seeking certification for several employees, group discounts are available.

Industries that Require IATA Infectious Substances Training Courses

Many different verticals are involved in the air transportation of infectious substances. Aircrafts transport shipments for many medical and research purposes, and loading and unloading personnel must be well-informed on how to handle such packages safely and know who to contact in the event of an accident. Individuals who prepare the air shipments on site must use best practices to package, mark, and label each item to ensure that all individuals handling them are aware of their contents and any potential hazards.

Professionals who work in the following industries are required to complete IATA Infectious Substances training if they are directly involved in preparing, transporting, unloading, or supervising the workflow related to such shipments:

  • Airline
  • Freight Forwarding
  • Laboratory Research
  • Medical
  • Pharmaceutical

In Eduwhere’s class, individuals in these industries will become familiar with the various types of infectious substances, biological substances, and patient specimens; learn best practices for packaging, marking, and labeling hazmat; find out how to complete a shipper’s declaration; understand the protocol for shipments that include dry ice; and gain awareness of security considerations.

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Upon completion of this online course, participants should be able to:
  • properly label and mark dangerous goods containers for shipment;
  • complete shipper's declaration for dangerous goods; and
  • select proper packaging for dangerous goods.


Linda R. Taylor, PE

Linda is the owner of Taylor Engineering, and a former faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 30 years of engineering experience working in industry, academia, and environmental consulting, including over 25 years at North Carolina State University. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, transportation, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer and an OSHA authorized instructor.

Ms. Taylor received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Hours

1 Contact Hour
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

IATA Infectious Substances Training Requirements

Citation: IATA DGR Section 1.5

Section of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations requires that:

"Recurrent training must take place within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current..."

How Often Does IATA Infectious Substances Training Need to Be Updated?

To remain compliant with IATA regulations, professionals involved in shipping infectious substances by air must complete refresher training every 2 years.

Refresher Training Required: Every 2 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your IATA Shipping Infectious Substances Training Online Classes?

Accepted by the FAA and IATA, this convenient and comprehensive online class will prepare you to complete all tasks related to infectious substance shipping by air. As a participant, you will gain knowledge that will keep you and colleagues safe on the job and allow you to gain or renew certification in order to comply with IATA regulations.

Your expert instructor, Linda R. Taylor, PE, is the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's Industry Expansion Solutions and brings more than three decades of industry experience to her teaching.

Upon completion of the Infectious Substances Training course, you will receive a certificate, wallet card, and scoresheet as proof of your certification.

For more than 25 years, Eduwhere has provided affordable, accessible health and safety training to busy professionals in a variety of industries. Our classes are available to you any time, and you can access them from any location that has an internet connection.

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Course FAQs

Good question. The DOT & FAA do not approve, sanction, endorse, or accredit either courses, instructors, or training providers. Perhaps the better benchmark to consider is that our courses are *accepted* by all relevant regulatory agencies, including the DOT & FAA. We have trained tens of thousands of clients over two decades, and our courses have not only survived but also thrived under the scrutiny of regulatory inspections.

IATA is a trade association. IATA publishes the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations which provides a summary of shipping requirements, a comprehensive list of dangerous goods, and state & operator variations. IATA is not a regulatory agency nor does it have enforcement authority.

NOTICE: Eduwhere is not accredited, sanctioned, endorsed by, in partnership or affiliated with, the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The courses offered by Eduwhere are not accredited or otherwise approved by IATA and no IATA certificate will be issued by completing such courses.

Eduwhere provides a comprehensive certificate package for each student that includes a certificate of completion, scoresheet compliance document, and a laminated wallet-card. Inspectors find the compliance document particularly useful. Documentation is available for electronic download and a printed certificate package is also provided.

Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine what training is appropriate for their employees and their situation. If you ever have any questions related to training, please feel free to reach out to us by phone, email, or online chat and we'll be happy to help.

The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.