GUIDELINES FOR TRAINING CRITERIA
The following guidelines are meant to help understand the training requirements in Part 6 of the
Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations, and not replace them.
These guidelines recognize that it is the employer who must determine if training is required in
order for an employee to be a trained person. The guidelines indicate what Parts of the regulations
should be included in a person’s specific training.
Employers must issue a Training Certificate to employees who are adequately trained. An example
of a Training Certificate can be found at the end of this Advisory Notice.
Self-employed individuals must also determine if they are adequately trained and issue themselves
a training certificate.
Things to Remember:
Employees who are not trained can handle, offer for transport, and transport dangerous goods as
long as they are doing so under the direct supervision of a trained person.
Some employees may only need training in the aspects of the regulations that are directly related to
their work. A highway tank driver who only transports Class 3 products, for example, may only
need specific training in relation to the transportation of Class 3 dangerous goods. In this situation,
it is the employers’ responsibility to determine what constitutes adequate training for their employees.
There may be some job functions that do not fall into any of the specific categories for which
training has been identified as being required, yet some training may still be necessary. For
example, the classification of a company’s goods and products may be a job function in which the
employee does not handle, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods, but merely works with
hard data that has been gathered on dangerous goods. Training on classification would be required
in this case.
How to train employees is not mentioned in the Regulations. Training may be done through a