Cargo Securement for Dry Vans

Earn your Cargo Securement for Dry Vans certificate upon successful completion of this course


The Cargo Securement for Dry Vans course is an informative and interactive program designed to instruct professional drivers on the procedures and protocols for ensuring that a cargo is properly secured in a trailer.

As an operator pulling dry vans, it is your responsibility to ensure your cargo remains properly secured and damage-free. Proper cargo securement is required by law, and can only be achieved when your load is secured in such a way that it cannot move. Cargo securement is important for your own safety, for the safety of the motoring public, and for the safety of your load.

This online Cargo Securement for Dry Vans course provides best practices designed to help prevent revenue loss, roadside delays, increased insurance rates, injuries, and damage to cargo, vehicles, and property.

Section 1: Cargo Securement Overview

In the Cargo Securement Overview, you will learn about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. This section also covers the many specific requirements laid out in the regulations regarding cargo securement, cargo securement definitions, how to properly load and secure cargo, and securement devices.

Section 2: Pre-trip Responsibilities

The Pre-Trip Responsibility section begins with the pre-trip inspection. You are always required to perform a thorough pre-trip vehicle inspection to ensure your commercial vehicle is in safe working order before you drive. This chapter explains the inspection process and why it’s important. It also explains your responsibilities at the dock, including securing your vehicle, supervising loading, inspecting cargo, loading properly, and checking paperwork.

Section 3: Loading and Securement Techniques

The section on Loading and Securement Techniques is very comprehensive. Details are provided on specific securement techniques and videos illustrate how to properly secure loads using these techniques.

It presents information about:

  • Load placement
  • Trip planning
  • Cargo loading logic
  • Cargo handling equipment and devices
  • Consequences of overloading trailers
  • Weight capacity and distribution
  • Centre of gravity of loads
  • Preventing rolling and sliding
  • Securement basics & securement logic
  • Securing unitized and non-unitized pallets
  • Safety when securing cargo
  • Enroute inspections


The course is organized into the following sections:

  1. Cargo Securement Overview
  2. Pre-trip Responsibilities
  3. Loading and Securement Techniques

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain why cargo securement is important
  • Discuss the federal regulations and what they mean for drivers and carriers
  • Specify how cargo securement affects CSA scores for you and your carrier
  • Calculate working load limit and aggregate working load limit
  • Describe what pre-trip responsibilities you have
  • Explain how to safely load and secure cargo
  • Describe how to perform required pre-trip and enroute cargo inspections
  • Explain the best practices for cargo securement


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 90 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.