DOT Radioactive Materials Shipping Training Course

Course Title:

DOT, NRC, & IATA Requirements for Shipping Radioactive Material, with Radiation Fundamentals

Course duration:

2 days



Course Summary

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This 2-day class is for persons responsible for shipping and receiving radioactive materials for: biomedical research, nuclear medicine, specific and broad scope licensees, portable gauges or sources, and decommissioning sites. This class is designed to train employees in the requirements of the DOT as specified by 49 CFR 172 Subpart H and the NRC as specified by 10 CFR 71.5 and 10 CFR 20.1906.

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This course is designed to enable workers to meet the training requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) as specified by 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) as specified by 10 CFR 71.5, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

This class includes sessions reviewing basics of radiation safety, including types of radiation, radioactivity, and radiation health effects. For workers already trained on these subjects, please see our course titled DOT, NRC, & IATA Requirements for Shipping Radioactive Material.

Day One

The first day for students will begin with an introduction to radiation risk perceptions, a review of radiation fundamentals, radioactivity, and radiation health effects. There is a review of issues related to the selection and use of radiation detection instruments, focusing on those applicable to the packaging and shipment of radioactive materials. This day is the start of the review on regulations pertaining to the shipment of radioactive materials. It includes a review of the different categories of radioactive material regulated in transport and describes the process for classifying your materials. Class exercises are conducted to further explain key topics.

Day Two

The second day will focus on function-specific requirements such as packaging, labeling, marking, placarding, and other hazard communication requirements for Class 7 (radioactive) materials. It will cover transportation of excepted packages for limited quantities and instruments or articles, LSA materials, and Type A quantities. Shipments of surface contaminated objects are discussed. NRC requirements for shipping radioactive wastes are covered, as well as security of certain shipments. Additional in-class exercises are included.

Due to time limitations, this course does not cover detailed requirements for shipping fissile materials, Type B packages, and highway route controlled quantities.


Upon passing a required examination, students are provided a certificate showing they successfully completed the course. This certificate, along with the training manual, may be used to document the training for employer certification, as required by 49 CFR 172.704(d).

Topics Covered:

  • Radiation Risk Perceptions
  • Radiation Fundamentals (Types of Radiation, Radioactivity, Radiation Health Effects)
  • Hazardous Materials General Awareness
  • Classification of Radioactive Material for Transportation
  • Radiation Detection Instruments
  • Packaging Class 7 (Radioactive) Material, Type A Packages
  • Labeling, Marking, Shipping Papers, and Placarding
  • Emergency Response and Safety
  • Excepted Package Shipments
  • Low Specific Activity (LSA) and Surface Contaminated Objects (SCO) Shipments
  • Shipping Low-Level Radioactive Waste


People involved in preparing or offering radioactive material for shipment.

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