TDG Bulletin - TDG Training

This bulletin explains the Training requirements. It does not change, create, amend or suggest deviations to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations. For specific details, consult Part 6 of the TDG Regulations.

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TDG Training Certificate Requirements

Section 6.1 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations states that a person who handles, offers for transport, or transports dangerous goods must be adequately trained and hold a training certificate.

A person who does not hold a valid training certificate may still perform those activities in the presence and under direct supervision of a person who is adequately trained and holds a valid training certificate. In other words, direct supervision does not involve camera surveillance or a live monitoring system. A person without training must be physically accompanied by a person who has adequate training and a valid training certificate.

Training is always required unless an exemption found in the TDG Regulations can be used. Most exemptions are found in Sections 1.15 to 1.50 of Part 1. Other exemptions found under Schedule 2 (Special Provisions) could also be used to waive training requirements.

Adequate Training

Employees are adequately trained if they have a sound knowledge of aspects of TDG that relate directly to their duties. These aspects are set out in Section 6.2 of the TDG Regulations.

For example, a highway tank driver who transports nothing but Class 3 products may only need specific training on the transport of Class 3 dangerous goods. Training on the transport of other classes of dangerous goods is an added value for the driver but not essential. It is up to employers to determine what constitutes adequate training for each of their employees.

The type of employee training is not addressed in the TDG Regulations but may involve a combination of classroom instruction, job training, and work experience. For a list of organizations that offer TDG training, please visit:

Training Certificate: Issuance and Contents

The purpose of the training certificate is to demonstrate that if someone handles, offers for transport or transports dangerous goods, they are trained to fulfill their duties.

Employers with reasonable grounds to believe employees are adequately trained must issue a training certificate that includes:

  1. The name and address of the employer's place of business;
  2. The employee's name;
  3. The date the training certificate expires, preceded by the words “Expires on” or “Date d'expiration”;
  4. The aspects of handling, offering for transport, or transporting dangerous goods for which the employee is trained; and
  5. The signatures of the employer and the employee.

As defined in Section 1.4 of the TDGR, employer means a person who employs one or more individuals; or provides the services of one or more individuals and from whom the individuals receive their remuneration.

For self-employed persons (which would typically include contractors), if they believe on reasonable grounds that they are adequately trained to perform their duties they may issue themselves a training certificate that includes the aforementioned information. 

Training certificates are NOT transferable. When an employee has received training, the employer must issue a certificate. An individual who works for more than one employer at a time will receive more than one certificate.

Note: Since the certificate has no standard format, employers may create their own template as long as this information is provided.

Foreign Carriers

The following documents are recognized as valid training certificates if:

  • The document is issued to a road vehicle driver licensed in the United States or to a train crew member under 49 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations, United States);
  • The document is issued to a foreign member of a flight crew for an aircraft registered in an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member state under Article 33 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation;
  • The document is issued to a foreign crew member of a vessel registered in an International Maritime Organization member state.

Of course, these documents are recognized by the TDG Regulations if they are considered valid by the authorities that issued them.

Expiry of a Training Certificate

A training certificate expires 36 months (3 years) after its date of issuance for transport by road vehicle, railway vehicle or vessel, and 24 months (2 years) after its date of issuance for transport by aircraft.

Keeping and Showing Proof of Training

Employers or self-employed persons must keep a record of training or statement of experience as well as a copy of the training certificate for each employee, from the date the training certificate is issued until two years after its expiry date. A record of training may include a course outline, test results, instructor's reports, etc. A statement of experience is a document explaining how the employer believes the employee is trained and ready to handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods.

For example, a truck driver has transported gasoline by highway tank for twenty (20) years and taken the proper training courses for many years. His employer decides to write a statement of experience instead of sending him for more training, since the TDG Regulations haven't changed and the driver has long performed the same duties. The statement is prepared when the training certificate expires so the employer can issue a new one to his employee.

Upon a written request, a TDG inspector can request copies of record of training, training certificate or statement of experience, or a description of the training material used in an employee's training to an employer. The employer then has fifteen (15) days to provide the documents.

However, when a TDG inspector asks a person who handles, offers for transport, or transports dangerous goods to provide his TDG training certificate, he must do so immediately.

Note: The training certificate may be in paper or electronic format.

Sample Training Certificate


Certificate of Training

Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Name of employer
Employer’s business address
Name of employee
City, province, postal code

This certificate hereby attests that the above named employee has completed the training described on the reverse, as per the requirements of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.

Certificate expires on:
Employer’s signature
Employee’s signature


Has received training in handling/offering for transport/transporting

Specific training in (check appropriate items):

_____ Classification
_____ Shipping names
_____ Use of Schedules 1, 2, & 3
_____ Documentation
_____ Dangerous goods safety marks
_____ Means of containment
_____ Emergency Response Assistance Plans
_____ Reporting requirements
_____ Safe handling and transport practices, and characteristics of dangerous goods
_____ Proper use of equipment for handling or transporting dangerous goods
_____ Emergency measures to reduce or eliminate danger to the public
_____ Transportation of dangerous goods by air (ICAO)
_____ Maritime transport of dangerous goods (IMDG)

Compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations

Failure to comply with the TDG Act and TDG Regulations may lead to fines and/or imprisonment.

For more information, you can visit the TDG website and the Department of Justice website.

Contact us

For regulatory questions, contact the TDG Regional Office in your region.

Bulletin: TDG Training
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