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Dangerous Goods Instructors Are "Certified" by the Government to Teach Hazmat
This is one of the most unfortunate hazmat myths. Many unscrupulous dangerous goods training schools will tell you that "oh, yes, our training courses and our instructors are FAA (or DOT) approved." This is a flat out lie. The only official hazmat instructor certification that exists in the United States is, indirectly, related to training for airline employees. The only hazmat courses that the DOT will approve in advance are for Part 121 and Part 135 Air Carriers. Those airlines must be certified to carry hazmat and their programs approved in advance by the FAA Security Field Office. Though even then, the instructors are not specifically approved to teach the course -- that's up to the airline.
For more information on this topic, please read this article about how the standard for becoming a licensed hairdresser is hundreds times for stringent than becoming a hazmat instructor.
Click here to read the .pdf article which was first written for an editorial in Air Cargo World.