Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) FAQ
What is the purpose of the TDG Regulations?
The purpose of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations is to encourage public safety when dangerous goods are being handled, offered for transport or being transported. The Regulations are a set of rules that stipulate safety standards and shipping requirements for numerous diverse dangerous goods. The Regulations also provide an explanation of the dangers of the goods. The TDG 'Clear Language' Regulations came into effect on August 15, 2002. These revised regulations replace the old regulations that were developed in the early 1980s. This legislation is pertinent to all modes of transport (i.e. road, rail, marine and air) in Canada.
What Acts or Regulations are applicable to TDG?
Transport Canada - Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
Who needs TDG training?
According to the TDG Regulations, anybody who handles, offers for transport or transports dangerous goods requires TDG training.
Who is responsible for TDG training and TDG education?
It is the obligation of the employer to ensure that their staff is properly educated and trained. M.E.T.I.’s online WHMIS course is one means of training and, in some instances, additional site-specific training is required.
How often do I need TDG training?
The simple answer is 3 years; a TDG training certificate is valid for 36 months. It is important to note, that certificates are not transferable. For example: If an employee changes employers, that person will need to be re-certified by the new employer. Your previous TDG Certification card is not valid anymore. You must possess a training certificate with your new employer's name and information.
What happens if I do not have a valid TDG certificate?
If you do not have a valid TDG certificate, you are in violation of the regulations. For example: It is not legal to transport dangerous goods without the proper certification; if caught on the highway without the certificate may lead to a conviction. Convictions can run anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000 for a first time offense.
Can I take this course as an individual?
Entirely! Just simply enter your name down in the area for "Company Name".
I am self-employed. Who signs my certificate?
If you are self-employed, that means you are the employer; you would sign your own certificate.
Does METI TDG course meet Transport Canada's training requirements?
Yes, all of our TDG online courses meet Transport Canada's training requirements for general TDG training.
Can I take this course and then train my own workers in TDG?
METI’S TDG courses are not intended or designed for trainers. In order to reap the full benefits of these courses, we highly recommend that each employee complete a TDG course their self; this ensures that each employee receives a TDG certificate.
How long does it take to complete the online course?
The average trainee can complete this TDG online course in 1.5 - 2 hours.
I am the supervisor. How can I monitor my employee's progress?
As a supervisor, you can have access to a Corporate Account site where you can observe and track each employee's progress. In addition to this, as a facilitator, you can access quiz scores, view certificates and activate accounts. You can also re-register any employee who has to retake the course; possibly due to their certification being expired.
Why train with METI?
Our courses include graphics, tips and real world examples, all designed be both engaging and entertaining. Our courses are developed by subject matter experts and industry involved professionals. METI’s support is not automated. You will receive personal, professional, friendly and knowledgeable support.
I’m not comfortable using computers, will it be difficult?
No, the courses have been designed in association with IT professionals and are fitting to all computer skill levels. We have a user friendly platform with a how- to-navigate section for people new to on-line training.
If I cannot finish all the training at once, can I finish from where I left off later?
Yes, if you exit a module before completing it, a bookmark is automatically placed; which means there’s no need to worry about finishing the workshop all at once. The system allows you to log-on and log-off at your convenience so you can progress through the training at your own pace, even if you used a different computer. It is available 24 hours a day.
Will I get a certificate?
Upon successful completion of the training, a certificate will be generated for you. We can also send you a certificate to confirm that you have completed the online training.