Online: 2021 Transportation of Small 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 includes the very latest regulatory updates including the DOT hazmat (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 session covers all regulatory requirements for the transportation (air, rail or ground) of small and medium lithium ion batteries (UN 3480 and UN 3481).     This course also addresses shipping UN 3171, Battery-Powered Vehicles, when the vehicle is solely powered with a lithium battery.

This course is shorter than our Transportation of Lithium Ion Batteries course, as we only discuss requirements for shipping small and medium Lithium Ion Batteries via ground (49 CFR) and air (IATA).

Small lithium ion cells have a maximum watt hour rating of 20 WH when shipped ground and air.  Small lithium ion batteries have a maximum watt hour rating of 100 WH when shipped ground and air.

Medium lithium ion cells have a maximum watt hour rating of 60 WH when shipped domestic US ground only.  Medium lithium ion batteries have a maximum watt hour rating of 300 WH when shipped domestic US ground only.

This session addresses the following topics sepcific 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".
  • Unraveling the updates to IATA air regulations packing instructions:  Addressing the requirements of IATA PI 965-967, Section II and PI 965 Section IB
  • 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 batteries, safety concerns and incident reporting
  • Requirements for selection of packaging, affixing package marks/labels, and completion of shipping papers (for Section IB via air).
  • 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 Class 9 label vs the lithium battery handling mark.
  • Prohibition of Lithium Ion Batteries, without equipment, on Passenger aircraft.
  • Number of small packages of lithium batteries per consignment limits.

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 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 video, practice problems and an examination.  Students should allocate approximately 6.5 to 7 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 and Lithium Ion* Rechargeable & Non-Rechargeable All sizes Ground (49CFR), 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
Lithium Ion Ground & Air Rechargeable All Sizes Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA) 7 - 8 hours
Small Lithium Metal Non-Rechargeable Small&Medium Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA)  6.5 - 7 hours

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




Price: $199.00