Shipping Infectious Substances by Air (IATA)

This 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)
This course has been updated to the 60th Edition (2019) of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Course Fee
$180.00 USD


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

For help call Toll-Free 866-523-9108

Group Discount Information

Are you shipping by ground or by air?
This course does *not* cover shipments sent via ground couriers. 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).


  • 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 Attend

  • 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;
  • Is responsible for the safety of transporting dangerous goods.


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

Ms. Taylor is a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and is the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 20 years of engineering experience working in industry and environmental consulting, most recently with Progress Energy. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is 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.

Training Requirement

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..."

Refresher Training Required: Every 2 year(s).

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.