Online: 2021 Transportation of Lithium Ion Batteries (Ground and Air)






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Check out our 2021 Lithium Battery Shipping Guide!


The regulations that govern transportation of Lithium Batteries are constantly evolving.  This online course describes the DOT regulations (49 CFR) in effect on January 1, 2021 and the 2021 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (62nd Edition). This course does not address vessel transportation (IMDG Code). This online session covers all regulatory requirements for the transportation (air, rail or ground) of LITHIUM ION BATTERIES (UN 3480 & 3481).

This course also addresses the DOT and IATA requirements for shipping UN 3171, Battery-Powered Vehicles, when the vehicle is solely powered by a lithium battery.

This session addresses the following topics specific to Lithium Ion Batteries:

  • Differentiating lithium metal vs. lithium ion batteries.  
  • Determining if a lithium ion battery or cell is "fully regulated" or "small", or “medium”.   
  • IATA air regulations packing instructions:  Section IA vs. Section IB vs. Section II
  • A comprehensive review of the requirements for shipping lithium ion batteries "contained in equipment" vs. "packed with equipment" vs. lithium batteries shipped without equipment.  
  • Hazardous properties of lithium ion batteries, safety concerns and incident reporting
  • Requirements for selection of packaging, affixing package marks/labels, prototype battery requirements and completion of shipping papers.  
  • State and operator (airlines) variations specific to lithium ion battery shipments
  • State of Charge Limits for air transport of Lithium Ion Batteries
  • When to use the Lithium Battery label vs the Lithium Battery handling mark
  • Prohibition of Lithium Ion batteries without equipment, on Passenger aircraft.
  • Consignment limits for the number of packages of small lithium ion batteries shipped air transport
  • Requirements for shipping prototypes batteries
  • Ground and air requirements for shipping Battery-Powered Vehicles (ex - wheelchairs, e-bikes, robots used carry goods, others) solely powered by lithium batteries.

This course INCLUDES required US DOT General Awareness and Security Awareness training. Students will be provided with an electronic manual that includes all course materials.

Students are provided with the HAZMATEAM 2021 Lithium Battery Shipping Guide that summarizes the major requirements. Package illustrations, shipping paper templates and more are included.  

Students may stop and restart this course at their own pace. The course consists of videos, practice problems and an examination. Students should allocate approximately 7 to 9 hours at the computer in order to complete this course. Upon successful completion of an online test, students will be issued a certificate. Students can always call or e-mail an instructor while working on course materials.


Online Course: Battery Type: Sizes: Modes: Approx. Duration
Lithium Metal & Lithium Ion*

Rechargeable & Non-Rechargeable

All sizes Ground (49 CFR), Air (IATA) & Vessel (IMDG) 9-11 hours
Lithium Ion (Ground, Air & Vessel) Rechargeable All sizes Ground (49 CFR), Air (IATA) & Vessel (IMDG) 8 - 9 hours
Small Lithium Metal Non-Rechargeable Small & Medium Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA) 6.5-7 hours
Small Lithium Ion Rechargeable Small & Medium Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA) 6.5-7 hours

*  We offer an 8-hour classroom version of TRANSPORATION OF LITHIUM METAL AND LITHIUM ION BATTERIES that addresses ground (49 CFR) and air (IATA) at the HAZMATEAM Training Center in Hudson, NH.



NH DES CEUs: 0.5

Price: $259.00