Lithium batteries are used in many ways, such as powering cell phones, laptops, and mobility aids. The batteries can be hazardous to handle. It is important to understand the risks that can arise from transporting lithium batteries, as well as how to properly handle the batteries aboard an aircraft. Being familiar with the International Air Transport Association IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations standards for these processes will help minimize the associated risks. Since January 1, 2013, the IATA has dictated strict regulations for the carriage of lithium batteries by air because lithium batteries can provide extremely high currents, discharging very rapidly when short-circuited.
Who must take this course?
Employers are responsible for ensuring employees are properly trained to handle the responsibilities associated with managing an aircraft. Preventative training helps an employee understand how to stop an incident from occurring, such as properly handling cargo before the flight. This type of training applies to many types of employees, such as Cargo Acceptance Staff, Loaders, Passenger Handling Staff and Cabin Crew. Staff should also be trained to know how to respond to an incident involving fire, smoke, or fumes.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- Introduction to Transporting Lithium Batteries
- Key Terms
- Lithium Battery - History
- Statistics for Transporting Lithium Batteries by Air
- Governing Authorities
- Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - IATA
- Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - Carry-on Luggage
- Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - Shipping
- Applicable Regulations for Transporting Lithium Batteries - Labeling
- Cargo Acceptance and Handling for Lithium Batteries
- Operator Approval and General Cargo Handling
- Types of Hazards for Transporting Lithium Batteries
- Procedures for Fire Event
- Lithium Battery Event - Fire-fighting Procedures
- Controls - Risk Assessment
- Controls - Risk Likelihood
- Controls - Risk Acceptability
- Controls - Incident Occurrence
- Engineering Controls
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Training Requirements
- Additional Resources
Our IATA Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored self check questions, and a final exam.
It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.
We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course.
Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
According to the IATA DGR section 184.108.40.206:
Recurrent training must be provided within 24 months of previous training to ensure knowledge is current. Employers must ensure that those involved in the process, including consigners and freight forwarders, are adhering to IATA guidelines.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable Lithium Battery Air Transport Guidance training certificate and wallet card.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Other related Compliance Training Online® courses (see our complete list of courses) include:
NOTE: If you are shipping hazardous materials in the United States the FAA (the enforcement agency) requires you to have received DOT Hazardous Materials General and Security Awareness (49 CFR §172.704) training in addition to IATA DGR training.
If you do not have a copy, you will need to purchase the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) Manual both for reference purposes in your day to day shipping operations, and while taking this course.
If you have a copy of the 2018 edition, you can access the "IATA DGR 2019 (60th) Edition Significant Changes" document from our "Resources" section.