Online DOT Materials of Trade Training Course

DOT Materials of Trade

This course covers the fundamentals of transporting hazardous materials under the Materials of Trade exception (MOT). Our 5-step approach encompasses the activities which must be addressed when transporting a hazardous material in a company vehicle for use in its business. Participants will learn how to identify hazardous materials, select proper packaging, mark and label containers, all in accordance with the US Department of Transportation MOT regulations.

The US DOT requires training for anyone who handles hazardous materials including individuals transporting materials of trade, including landscapers, welders, pest control, plumbing, and painters.

This course is designed to meet the training requirements as specified in 49 CFR 172.700 Subpart H and the materials of trade requirements found in 49 CFR 173.6. At the completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate which includes the participants name, completion date, and copy of the test scores. The certificate includes the name and address of the trainer as required by the DOT for recordkeeping.

This course is based on the requirements for training as specified DOT, including testing of participants.

Course Fee
$50.00 USD


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

For help call Toll-Free 866-523-9108

Group Discount Information

I liked the fact that the online course was available for self-paced. The course content was presented clearly and effectively.
—Laila S.


  • Training Requirements
  • Identification and Classification of Classes
  • Packing Groups
  • Proper Shipping Names
  • What Hazardous Materials Apply
  • What Quantities Can Be Shipped
  • Packaging Requirements
  • Marking and Labeling
  • Information for Drivers of MOT

Who Should Attend

Individuals who transport hazardous materials under the materials of trade exception, including:
  • persons transporting hazardous materials between company locations;
  • field personnel, including painters, lawn care professionals, pesticide applicators, environmental consultants, etc;
  • maintenance workers;
  • sales representatives transporting samples.
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The purpose of the course is to assist companies with compliance related to the DOT Materials of Trade exception. Participants should gain a better understanding of the MOT requirements and be better prepared to transport hazardous materials for company business. Participants will learn what hazardous materials can be transported under the MOT exception, and in what quantities.


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

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

Training Requirement

Citation: 49 CFR 172.704 (Subpart H)

DOT's training requirements for shipping hazardous materials is located in 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. In addition to initial training [49 CFR 172.704(c)(1)], DOT requires "recurrent training" every 3 three years.

"A hazmat employee shall receive the training required by this subpart at least once every three years." [49 CFR 172.704(c)(2)]

Refresher Training Required: Every 3 year(s).

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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.