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Dry Van Container Inspector Certification Examination (15 JULY - 31 DECEMBER 2021) - WORLDWIDE!


Credits: N/A

Available Until: 12/29/2021

Base Price: $475.00

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Examination Period : 15 July - 31 December 2021

The IICL Dry Van Container Inspector's Certification Examination is held around the world at numerous locations. The 2 hour computer-based Container Inspector's Examination (in English only) will consist of 100 multiple choice questions based on the IICL guides, manuals and technical bulletins listed in the Dry Van Container Examination Test Information Bulletin and below (also in English only).

Please click on the ACTIVE TEST CENTER SEARCH button above to view the list of active test centers in your city of interest. Every registrant will be notified via email on how to select a test center location, date and time after the online registration and payment is received. New to the 2020 certification exam will be the option of each student to select a specific date between Thursday, 15 July 2021 and Friday, 31 December 2021 to take the examination. Early registrants will be given priority for their choices dates and times.

NOTE: Exam scores for the test takers will be posted in the "My Transcript" section of each candidates IICL User Account 3 weeks after you take the exam. You will need to log back into this education portal and sign into your user account to view your score. If you pass the examination you will have the capability to print your own certification. Visit sign-in and click on "My Transcript" to view your score. The exam is a closed book exam and the passing score is 67%.

15 July - 31 December 2021 Test Information Bulletin Required for each candidate. Container Inspector's Test candidates must download and read this bulletin. This document may take several minutes to download because of graphics.


  • Dry Van Container Publications (available in hard copy format only)
  • IICL Online Dry Van Container Preparatory Training Course & Examination Assistant
  • Dry Van Container Technical Bulletins (available electronically)

Please visit to purchase the Dry Van Container Publications examination study package, Item# 1198 in the IICL Online Store

  1. Guide for Container Equipment Inspection, 6th edition (IICL-6)  (published 1996) (reprinted 2006 & 2016)
  2. Repair Manual for Steel Freight Containers, 5th edition  (published 1999) (reprinted 2006)
  3. General Guide for Container Cleaning, 3rd edition (revised 2020) 
  4. Supplement on Container Inspection and Repair: Gray Areas, 2nd  edition (published 2003)
  5. Guide for Open Top Container Equipment Inspection (published 2005) (reprinted 2007) (revised 2019)
  6. International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972 (CSC) (published 2014)

NEW! The IICL Online Training Course for the IICL Dry Van Container Examination was developed to assist individuals preparing to take the exam. The online training course consists of 3 modules having slides and movies addressing inspections, repairs including proper inspection practices and recommended repair criteria selection.  The training modules are based on the latest guides for container inspection, repairs and technical bulletins. A test simulating the exam is built into the training module enabling students to evaluate their knowledge. 

The course is available as a stand-alone item for $99 USD or as part of a bundle with the dry van container inspector certification examination for $574 USD.  The course can be completed in about three hours, however, it is recommended that students take the time to study the manuals after each session to reinforce the understanding over each of the areas covered.    

NOTE: The IICL Online Preparatory Course is NOT a substitute for the Dry Van Container Inspector Certification Examination.  All who wish to obtain the IICL Dry Van Container Inspector Certificate will still need to register and participate in the IICL Dry Van Container Inspector Certification Examination.

All active IICL Dry Van Technical Bulletins currently listed in web page are also study references that are available electronically.  

Participants should be familiar with all of the technical bulletins.

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All candidates who pass the exam receive an IICL certificate. The certification is valid for five years, after which, an inspector must pass the exam again to become re-certified. Certified inspectors are listed in the IICL Inspection Directory, which is updated annually. The Directory also includes companies that employ IICL-certified inspectors, and features professional advertisement listings by depot/repair and surveying companies.

The IICL has developed the Dry Van Container Inspection Examination program to further promote important industry wide matters of proper inspection, repair, maintenance and operational issues. The exam, which is based upon various IICL manuals, allows the student to understand technical aspects and the complexities of maintaining and operating various equipment types. In preparing for the exam the applicant will be asked to study five (5) IICL publications, the Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) Guide, the IICL Online Dry Van Training Course and the Technical Bulletins which is the basis for all questions contained in the exam. Individuals who pass the IICL container inspection examination will have a sound foundation for continuing their education in the container industry and allow them to move on to more specialized industry related issues.

More than 5,400 container inspectors, in 69 countries, are currently certified by IICL, and more than 1,200 companies and company branches employ IICL-certified container inspectors.