online: 2024 Transportation of Lithium Batteries (Ground and Air)






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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 2024 IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (65th Edition) and US Postal Service Publication 52. 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) and LITHIUM METAL BATTERIES (UN 3090 & 3091)..

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 Batteries:

  • Use of the 2024 Emergency Response Guidebook
  • 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 and metal 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, prototype battery requirements and completion of shipping papers.  
  • State and operator (airlines) variations specific to lithium 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 and Metal batteries without equipment, on Passenger aircraft.
  • 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 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 9 to 10 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.


Course: Battery Type: Sizes: Modes: Approx. Duration
Lithium Batteries

Rechargeable & Non-Rechargeable

All sizes Ground (49 CFR), Air (IATA) & Vessel (IMDG) 10-11 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

8-HR Transportation of Lithium Batteries Classroom

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



NH DES CEUs: 0.5

Online $299.00