IMDG Code Training

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Training (IMDG) is mandatory for all shore-side personnel. This became a requirement in Australia in 2012. The current edition is Amendment 38-16 (which becomes mandatory from 1 Jan 2018) for all shore-side employees dealing with dangerous goods transported by sea. Training should be done every 2 years for all staff.+ Learn More

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Amendment 37 expires on December 31, 2017 so if you are coming up for refresher training you should complete Amendment 38 as this is the most up to date course.

DG by Sea Plus Online
(Amendment 38-16)
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Course DurationSelf-Paced
Cost Per Person$250+GST

Training & Recognition

DG by SEA Plus – IMDG Code – Amendment 38 (All job specific roles)

From January 1, 2018, the IMDG Code (Amendment 38) Dangerous Goods training has been mandatory for all staff involved in dangerous goods transport by sea. It is valid until December 31, 2019. Companies should train their staff every 2 years. This AlertForce course is accepted by AMSA (AP5170). Your login details and tax invoice will be emailed to you.

$250.00 + GST


This course is general awareness only.

Our IMDG training includes:

  • > Descriptions of various dangerous goods classes
  • > Labeling
  • > Marking
  • > Placarding
  • > Packing
  • > Stowing
  • > Segregation and compatibility provisions
  • > Purpose and content of dangerous goods transport documents (e.g. Multimodal Dangerous Goods Form)
  • > Description of emergency response documents

There will also be requirements that revolve around keeping the training information. The details on employers and employees must be made available anytime the AMSA requests it.

Staff will Learn Three Dangerous Goods Training Configurations:

  1. General Awareness- This will familiarise the staff with IMDG Code requirements.
  2. Function-Specific Training- This is designed to help those with specific roles and responsibilities. Each one is outlined by the IMDG code.
  3. Full In-Depth Course- This is an advanced level course that provides detailed content for all function-specific modules.

In January 2015; Amendment 37 became effective. By the beginning of 2016 it will become a mandatory part of your training. It offers a two-volume set that was developed to cover fires and spillage emergencies, but also focuses on:

  • > Container Traffic
  • > Packing
  • > Segregation of Incompatible Substances
  • > Stowage

Taking advantage of this training will allow companies to follow the IMDG Code more effectively. There will be tests at the end of each module in order to ensure that each student is competent. However, students can take these courses at their own pace, since there are no timeframes that are mandatory.
It’s an open-book course that allows students to reference the IMDG Code throughout the training.
You will find that our IMDG training provides increased operational flexibility and a reduced cost. You can contact AlertForce for a quote based upon your training requirements.

The sooner you get started the easier it will be for your staff to become more efficient. AlertForce can help them reach these plateaus and give you all the necessary services to become more successful when transporting dangerous goods by sea.

AMSA Requirements

New IMDG Dangerous Goods Training Policies

From January 1, 2010, the IMDG Code Dangerous Goods training has been mandatory for all staff involved in dangerous goods transport by sea. On 1st January, 2012, Amendment 34 expired and Amendment 35 became the requirement. On January 1st, 2013 Amendment 36 came into being and will expire at the end of 2015. Amendment 37-14 takes its place at lasts until the end of 2017. Amendment 38-16 is now the most current course.

In Australia, this mandatory training is regulated by AMSA, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Companies failing to comply with these new DG regulations risk delays, rejected consignments, fines and/or a damaged reputation.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) enforces the training in Australia. If your company fails to adhere to these new rules then it could create delays, fines, or rejected consignments. Any of these can result in a damaged reputation.

The AlertForce IMDG Code dangerous goods training program is accepted by AMSA and delivers cost-effective compliance for all shore-side sectors including:
  • Shippers and forwarders
  • Container packers and consolidators
  • Shipping line operations and booking staff
  • Stevedores
  • Port staff
  • Cargo surveyors

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  • Internet access
  • IMDG Code access

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