CIFFA - Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

Dangerous Goods Training Overview

As a requirement of membership in CIFFA and under the obligations of Canadian law, CIFFA's Members must have personnel trained on the aspects of Dangerous Goods demanded by their work duties. Canadian law states that anyone who "handles", "offers for transport", "transports" or "imports" Dangerous Goods must be adequately trained to the level of their job responsibilities and hold a valid Training Certificate, applicable to the specific mode of transport dealt with. The basic premise is that anyone who may come in contact with Dangerous Goods, must be trained.

A Freight Forwarder acts as a "travel agent" for the Shipper, making the transport, documentation, customs, and payment arrangements for the Shipper. The Freight Forwarder has responsibilities when it comes to dealing with shipments of Dangerous Goods, and is responsible to ensure the Shipper's Dangerous Goods documentation and packaging is complete, correct, and meets national and international regulations. A Freight Forwarder may be involved in any or all aspects of Dangerous Goods - "handling", "offering for transport", "transporting" or "importing".

A Shipper or Importer/Exporter has the main responsibilities for dangerous goods: ensuring the shipment is properly identified, classified, packed, marked, labelled, documented, in the proper condition for transport, and meets all national and international regulations. This is quite a responsibility!

This requires that a Freight Forwarder's, Shipper's, Importer/Exporter's staff be adequately trained on the various sets of regulations that govern the transport of Dangerous Goods. There are three sets of regulations that apply in Canada:

How can you keep up-to-date with the changes in these different sets of regulations and meet your obligations under Canadian law? Through proper and relevant training. CIFFA offers it's members, and the transportation industry, different Dangerous Goods training programs, to help meet the training requirements of Canadian law:

CIFFA's Dangerous Goods training programs are based on the current edition of IATA DGR or the IMO DG Code, and the applicable parts of the Canadian TDGR. As such, our training programs meet the requirements of Transport Canada, the IMO, ICAO and IATA. Our courses are designed for the Freight Forwarder, Shipper, Importer/Exporter, and Cargo Acceptance Agent.

Why use CIFFA?

CIFFA's credentials are impeccable:


Because of our involvement in the Adult Education, Dangerous Goods, and Cargo Security environs, we not only stay current with the changing regulations, but we offer our industry's input to the agencies that make the rules and regulations.

CIFFA offers quality and current training that is relevant to the transportation industry. You can find out more information on our Dangerous Goods training programs, throughout the applicable links on our web site.

CIFFA offers quality and current training that is relevant to the transportation industry. You can find out more information on our Dangerous Goods training programs, through our web site.

In-House/Customized Dangerous Goods Training Programs

In addition to CIFFA's regularly scheduled Dangerous Goods Training Programs across Canada, CIFFA has the ability to offer Customized or In-House DG Training Programs. Please complete and submit this form, only when our regularly scheduled DG Training Programs do NOT meet your needs.

To submit a Request for Customized Training click here.


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