Dangerous Goods Handler

This course is for people who handle dangerous goods as part of their daily job, but don't need a D endorsement. It's ideal for warehouse and distribution team members who pack and load dangerous goods and complete dangerous goods declaration forms for freight carried on the road. If you need a D endorsement, check out our D endorsement course.

The online modules include:

  • Dangerous goods legislation
  • Classifications of dangerous goods
  • Dealing with hazards and risks
  • The role of people involved with dangerous goods handling
  • Packaging, labels, pictograms and markings
  • Load plans and packing certificates
  • Storing and loading
  • Segregation, placement and placarding
  • Documentation

The course meets the training requirements of NZS 5433 and Regulation 4.5 (see below). It is not a certified handlers or approved fillers course.

Companies: simply purchase as many course licences as you need for your team members and you can assign the courses and view their progress

Individuals: simply purchase one course licence for yourself.

You can do the course in your own time when it's convenient for you - you have access to the course materials for 6 months. Watch the videos then answer the questions. 

What are the advantages of the dangerous goods handlers online course?

  • Easy to schedule - the course takes around 1.5 hours, depending on your experience. It is divided into short modules that only take a few minutes each, are easy to digest and convenient in terms of time commitment; you can do one or more modules when you have time
  • Full access to the course materials for 6 months - plenty of time to work through the course if you're busy
  • Detailed video instructions - watch and learn, then answer questions about what you've seen. You can watch the videos as many times as you need in order to really understand the material
  • Language and literacy support - if English isn't your first language or you'd prefer to listen to the questions, we've got you covered*
  • NOTE: This is an online course and there is no instructor-led training

What happens when you pass the course?

You'll get a certificate of completion once you finish the course.

Training should be repeated every 3 years.

We recommend you also complete the Spill Control and Spill Kit training course.

Does this course comply with Regulation 4.5?

This course covers safe working with chemicals and safe storage of all types of chemicals across the 9 classes and their divisions. For the specific chemical(s) that a person is working with, they must be provided with information about the physico-chemical and health hazards associated with it, the procedures for safe use, handling, manufacture, storage and disposal (where relevant), how to use PPE or equipment with the chemical, and what to do in an emergency involving the chemical(s). This information is usually found on the safety data sheet for the product. Generic training for groups of similar chemicals is included in this course, and this complies with clause 4.5(4). Trainees are taught how to read the SDS in this course.

What do you get with the course?

Full access to all training materials for 6 months

Study in your own time at your own pace, take the modules as many times as you need to and really get to know the information. You can access it on any computer, smartphone or tablet wherever there's an internet connection available.

Study guide and dangerous goods segregation chart

You'll get a handy segregation ruler and chart to help you quickly see which DGs can be transported together.


If you're managing other team members, you can add more managers at no extra cost. They can download detailed reports, plus track and manage team members. Managers can generate certificates on completion of the course.


Where is the course held? The theory is done online (anywhere you have internet access).

I don't have a D endorsement yet. Can I use this course? Yes, if you don't need to drive a vehicle that carries dangerous goods on the road, you can do this course so you know how to handle dangerous goods in the workplace 

Does this course cover any unit standards? This is not a unit standard course


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple operators
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training

Set up is free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$98.00 + GST per person ($112.70)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 2.5 hours


Full access for 6 months


Downloadable documents

Course provided by TR Driver Training

TR Driver Training and DT Driver Training are New Zealand's largest suppliers of vehicle and machinery training and instruction

Training modules

The Rule and classifications

Where does the Rule apply and what are the different classifications of chemicals



Understanding the various roles when preparing dangerous goods for transport


Handling dangerous goods



Keeping dangerous goods safely separated on the road and in storage



What are the different types of documentation required in different circumstances when shipping dangerous goods


Placards and emergency response

How to warn and inform people about the dangerous goods being stored or carried, and what to do in an emergenvy

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