There are no specific recurrent training requirements within the IMDG Code regarding the frequency of training but the Code in 22.214.171.124 states that training ‘shall be periodically supplemented with refresher training to take account of changes in regulations and practice’.
Some countries have defined training periods in their national legislation e.g. under US regulations (49 CFR) anyone involved in transporting dangerous goods by sea must be trained every three years; many others have not yet addressed the issue.
Many companies and organisations require update and/or refresher training with every Amendment; this ensures staff are made aware of the changes and the potential impact on transport operations.
It is up to you as an individual or company to determine the required frequency for training and the level at which this training must be provided.
Exis Technologies offer a refresher course which provides an awareness of the IMDG Code’s provisions and outlines the main changes in the latest Amendment update in every new Amendment.