Online: 2024 Transportation of Lithium Metal and Lithium Ion Batteries (Ground, Air and Vessel)






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Check out our 2024 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, 2024, the IMDG Code (Amendment 41-22),the 2024 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (65th Edition) and US Postal Service Publication 52.  This online session covers all regulatory requirements for the transportation (air, vessel, rail or ground) of LITHIUM ION and LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES (UN 3480, UN 3481, UN 3090 & UN 3091).  This course also addresses the DOT, IMDG and IATA requirements for shipping UN 3171, Battery-Powered Vehicles, when the vehicle is solely powered by a lithium battery.

Updated course addresses changes to the IATA Packing Instructions for air shipments of small lithium ion batteries (UN 3480) and small lithium metal batteries (UN 3090). 

This session addresses the following topics specific to Lithium Batteries:

  • Differentiating lithium metal vs. lithium ion batteries.  
  • Determining if a lithium ion/lithium metal 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/metal batteries "contained in equipment" vs. "packed with equipment" vs. lithium batteries shipped without equipment.  
  • Hazardous properties of lithium ion batteries and lithium metal 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 and lithium metal 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 and Lithium Metal batteries without equipment, on Passenger aircraft.
  • Consignment limits for the number of packages of small lithium ion and metal batteries shipped air transport
  • Requirements for shipping prototypes batteries
  • Ground, vessel 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. 

Instruction includes how to use the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (ECFR) for answering US DOT Hazmat Transportation questions.    

Course includes an explanation of how to use the 2024 Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG), addressing Lithium Battery concerns.   Students are provided with an electronic copy (pdf) of the ERG.

Students are provided with the HAZMATEAM 2024 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 10 to 12 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 Batteries Ground & Air Rechargeable & Non-Rechargeable All Sizes Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA)

8.5 - 10 hours

Small Lithium Batteries Rechargeable & Non-Rechargeable Small & Medium Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA) 7 - 8 hours
Lithium Ion Batteries by Ground Rechargeable Fully Regulated Ground (49 CFR) 6 - 7 hours

Classroom 8-HR Transportation of Lithium Batteries

Rechargeable & Non-Rechargeable All Sizes Ground (49 CFR) & Air (IATA) 8 - hours




NH DES CEUs: 0.5

Online $349.00