Take the dangerous goods officer's examination Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

In order to be appointed and able to act as a dangerous goods officer, you must have a training certificate. The proof of training will be given to you after participation in a training course and a successful examination by the IHK.

As soon as a company is involved in the transport of dangerous goods, a dangerous goods officer must be appointed. The training certificate of the dangerous goods officer must correspond to the mode of transport on which the company transports dangerous goods.

There are training courses and exams for the

  • road traffic
  • Rail transport
  • inland waterway transport and
  • Maritime transport

You can take the exam as an initial examination, supplementary examination and repeat examination. During the initial examination, you must prove that you have completed training of at least 22.5 hours for the tested mode of transport. If you already have proof, but would like to extend it to an additional mode of transport, do the so-called supplementary test. For this you must prove a training of 7.5 hours for the additional mode of transport. If you have a proof of training that expires soon, you can take an extension exam. For this you must present your proof of training.

For the exam, please note the following points:

  • The duration of the test depends on the number of modes of transport tested. It is between 100 (one mode of transport) and 250 minutes (maximum four modes of transport) for the basic test and between 50 and a maximum of 125 minutes for the extension test. The duration of the supplementary examination is between 50 (one mode of transport) and 150 minutes (maximum three modes of transport).
  • The examination shall be carried out in writing. As a tool, you can use the relevant regulations for the respective modes of transport as well as a non-programmable calculator. The use of other electronic aids is not permitted.

You can take the exam regardless of the training facility and your place of residence at any Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Germany.

For basic, supplementary and repeat examinations:

  • Copy of the course confirmation of the training organizer, the original must be submitted to the IHK on the day of the examination

For supplementary and extension examinations:

  • the copy of the current training certificate for dangerous goods officers, the original must be submitted to the IHK on the day of the examination
  • Forms: Registration form for the examination for dangerous goods officers of the respective IHK
  • Online procedure possible: partial (when registering)
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes (during the exam)


Basic examination

  • Completed training with a recognized training organizer for each mode of transport of at least 22.5 hours

Extension examination

  • Training certificate for respective modes of transport that has not yet expired

Supplementary examination

  • Valid training certificate
  • Proof of supplementary course for modes of transport to be tested of at least 7.5 hours duration

§ 3 paragraph 1

§ 6 Dangerous Goods Commissioner Ordinance (GbV)

Related Links

  • § 3 paragraph 1 Dangerous Goods Commissioner Ordinance (GbV)
  • § 6 Dangerous Goods Commissioner Ordinance (GbV)

First, you will complete training for the desired mode of transport with a private provider.

  • After participating in the training, you register online or in writing for the exam at an IHK.
  • The IHK confirms your examination registration after examination of your documents.
  • You take the examination on site at the IHK.
  • The exam is passed if at least 50% of the maximum score indicated in the respective examination questionnaire has been achieved.

After successful participation in the examination, you will be issued with the training certificate as a dangerous goods officer and you can act as a dangerous goods officer.

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