Guidance on Dangerous Goods Training

Information on when Dangerous Goods Training is required for airline staff, and maintaining validity

How soon after employment must I receive dangerous goods training?

Dangerous goods training MUST be provided or verified upon employment, before you carry out any of the functions for which you are employed involving dangerous goods or general cargo.

What will my dangerous goods training involve?

Training must correspond with the job role and responsibilities and must include familiarisation, function-specific training and safety training.  Table 1.4 of the Technical Instructions provides the subject matter relating to dangerous goods transport with which various categories of personnel should be familiar.

I have changed companies but I received dangerous goods training from my previous employer.  Is this still valid?

Yes, provided that the training covered the areas required by your new role and you can provide your new employer with a copy of the certificate that was issued when you were last trained.

My dangerous goods training qualification is no longer valid.  Can I still carry out my duties?

No.  It is a legal requirement that dangerous goods training MUST be kept current.  Failure to receive recurrent dangerous goods training and continuing to carry out a function involved in the processing or the carriage of cargo (whether or not it includes dangerous goods), would be a contravention of the Air Navigation (Dangerous Goods) Regulations.  The same rules apply to staff of operators.

The CAA has compiled a list of companies that are approved to provide Dangerous Goods training for staff of operators.