Updates to Part 6 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR)


March 3, 2022

Updates to Part 6 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

Transport Canada will be updating Part 6 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) in October 2022 to drive improvement in training on Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) Gaps have been observed by TDG Inspectors across Canada regarding lack of skill and knowledge of regulations and inconsistent or insufficient training when handling dangerous goods in transit. To address these inadequacies Transport Canada is looking to remove the term ‘adequately trained’ for individuals and require proof that persons are competent in the application of TDG knowledge on-the-job. General awareness and function-specific training and assessment based on competency are proposed as a new national training standard.

The current Chemscape TDG course will keep you compliant for the next 3 years and will be updated in the Fall to meet the awareness training requirement of the Part 6 update. Chemscape is exploring ways to help our clients meet the function-specific competency training requirements which are still in draft from by Transport Canada.  

Objectives for the new national training standard include:

  • Clarify the requirements for TDG training 
  • Provide clear and consistent guidelines for training in the TDGR: General awareness and function-specific training and assessment  
  • Won’t replace current training that is compliant  
  • Better align with international codes 
  • Focused more on outcome-based education to help develop skills to augment knowledge 

What Can you Expect in the New Amended Training Requirements of Part 6?

TDGR requirements 

Current Part 6 

Amended Part 6 

Training required 

Persons must be adequately trained for their TDG tasks 

Persons must be competent for their TDG tasks (requirements for competency outlined in the standard) 

Certificates to perform tasks 

Training certificate required for TDG tasks or under the supervision of someone who is adequately trained and holds a certificate 

Certificate of competency required for TDG tasks or under the supervision of someone who is adequately trained and holds a certificate 

Certificate format 

Aspects of training indicated on certificate of training 

Both types of training (general and function-specific) indicated on certificate of competency 

Foreign carriers 

Foreign carriers’ certificates are equivalent to training certificate 

Foreign carriers’ certificates are equivalent to certificate of competency 

Record of training  

Requirement to have a record of training for each employee  

Clarity on what the record of training must contain (outlined in the standard)  

What is the Timeline for Implementation of the New Part 6 Standards?

Beginning in Fall 2022 there will be a transition phase where the old and new part 6 will be accepted; this means companies have 12 months to start developing a new Competency Certificate. To get ready for this change organizations should begin reviewing their training materials, developing task lists, performance criteria, and assessment tools. Competency Certificates can be issued starting in Fall 2023. By Fall 2025, only Competency Certificates will be accepted as proof of TDG training.  

October 2022-October 2023 

  • Old + New Part 6 
  • Training + Competency  
  • Certificate Update training material  
  • Develop task lists, performance criteria, assessment tools. 

October 2023 

  • New Part 6 
  • Competency Certificate 
  • New Competency Certificates issued 

Oct 2024 

  • New Part 6 
  • Competency Certificate 
  • Valid training certificates or competency certificates accepted  

Oct 2025 

  • New Part 6 
  • Competency Certificate 
  • Only certificates of competency accepted

How will enforcement of TDGR Part 6 change?

Enforcement of TDGR Part 6 will be done by TDG Inspectors who will:

  • Review a person’s certificate of competency to ensure that all the information required in the amended regulations is present.  
  • Review training records to ensure that all necessary documents are present in accordance with the standard.  
  • Verify that tasks being performed by the employee are contained in the employee's tasks description and that the employee has received training corresponding to those tasks.  
  • Identify if the employee who received training and an assessment was supervised by someone who is qualified to provide training and assessment.

What do I need to do now about my TDG Training?

  • Current TDG certificates are good until their expiration date. 
  • Get your TDG certificates updated before October 2022 for 3 years of compliance 
  • Chemscape will have their TDG course updated for the competency-based General Awareness in Fall 2022 
  • You’ll will have a year from October 2022 to plan for the function-specific training and assessment component; Chemscape will provide more details on how we can help you with that too. 

Learn more about Chemscape’s chemical management solutions for TDG Act Compliance today.