Certificate of Dangerous Goods Professionals – Code CDGP


Labeline International is the first authorised IHMM Educational Affiliate in Europe. This means that Labeline is entitled to deliver educational programmes for IHMM’s globally recognised certification schemes for dangerous goods professionals, including the highly respected CDGP credential.

IHMM is the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management, a USA-based non-profit, non-governmental organisation that provides a range of exams and qualifications for the dangerous goods (DG) industry.

What is CDGP How Does It Complement DGSA?

A Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) is a person certified to provide advice to undertakings whose activities include the consignment, carriage, or the related packing, loading, filling or unloading of DG, to monitor compliance with legal requirements and to ensure the preparation of an annual report. The detailed provisions regarding the role of a DGSA for carriage by road are listed in ADR 1.8.3.

The Certified Dangerous Goods Professional credential is being recognised in more and more countries and has become the global gold standard for multimodal competence in the transport of DG. The CDGP is awarded by IHMM to individuals who meet eligibility requirements and pass a rigorous written examination.

With the combination of the DGSA and CDGP credentials, the DG professional will have both the regulatory and vocational qualifications that demonstrate a high level of understanding of the international regulations for road, sea and air transport.

The CDGP credential is accredited based on the International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024.

If you are a dangerous goods professional working in international multimodal transport, the CDGP credential was created for you.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in a field related to the transport of dangerous goods.

The Course

Labeline’s 3-day CDGP course covers the multi-modal regulations for the transport of dangerous goods. Our trainer is Gene Sanders one of the world’s leading authorities on multimodal DG transport. He sits on the board of the Dangerous Goods Trainers Association in the USA and is the only trainer with a bespoke course for the CDGP exam.

Candidates will require the following publications which can all be purchased from Labeline:

UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

International Maritime Organisation’s Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code)

International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Technical Instructions (ICAO TI) or

IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR)

The Exam

The 3½ hour exam is open-book and a proctor is in attendance.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated that they have the knowledge and skills appropriate for dealing with the international transport and security of hazardous materials/dangerous goods. 


A CDGP keeps their accreditation after 5 years in one of two ways:

Either they must show that they have been employed full-time in the Dangerous Goods field and completed a minimum of 20 hours relevant education during each year of the intervening period, or they may demonstrate currency by taking the latest version of the exam.

Official Recognition

Many businesses and organisations around the world see the benefits of their DG professionals holding a relevant multimodal vocational qualification. CDGP is officially recognised in many states in USA and by the US military and IHMM are working to raise the awareness of the qualification by obtaining official recognition in Europe and elsewhere. Once this has been obtained, Labeline will announce dates for a CDGP course and exam in UK.


Gene Sanders, CDGP Trainer

Gene has been consulting and training in the field of Dangerous Goods for most of the 20 years that he has worked in the industry. With degrees in Biochemistry, Chemistry and a “minor” in Microbiology, he has a good understanding of the chemistry behind the regulations for both supply and transport.

He is a Director on the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council and holds the following qualifications:

• CDGP – Certified Dangerous Goods Professional
• CET – Certified Environmental Trainer
• CDGT – Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer
• DGSA – Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor
• CDL – Commercial driver’s license with Hazmat endorsement

Gene is also the regular “From the Porch Swing” columnist in HCB magazine.


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