Online RCRA and DOT Refresher Training Course

RCRA and DOT Refresher

This is a unique DOT-RCRA hybrid "refresher" course. This online course includes an overview of hazardous waste management laws and regulations, a guide to complying with the myriad of hazardous waste regulations including how to recognize hazardous wastes, how to manage waste correctly on site, how to properly select, label and mark waste containers, how to prepare shipments for transport to treatment, storage and disposal facilities, and how to properly keep records for compliance and enforcement.

In addition, this RCRA/DOT course includes a review of the DOT's regulations for shipping hazardous materials, including the Hazardous Materials Table (HMT), proper shipping name, hazard classes, marking and labeling, shipping papers, packing groups, and security.

This RCRA annual refresher training portion includes discussion of the Generator Improvement Rule.

This is a fast-paced refresher course and is intended for individuals who are familiar with both RCRA and DOT requirements. It is not recommended as initial training.

The course is designed to assist facilities in meeting the annual training requirements for generators of hazardous waste, including the requirements presented in 40 CFR 262.16 (b)(9)(iii) and 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7) (these training requirements were previously located in 40 CFR 265.16, 40 CFR 264.16 and 40 CFR 262(d)).

It is also designed to assist with the recurring training requirements specified in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants.

Course Details

This hybrid online DOT/RCRA course satisfies the training and certification requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) for hazardous waste management.

This course applies to personnel who work on a site with hazardous waste and provide the waste for transportation, such as those who complete the hazmat manifest. Beginning in 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency has required employees in such positions to complete the combined DOT/RCRA training and certification or risk liability and/or fines to their company.

Recognizing that hazardous waste can cause extreme damage to the environment, people, and animals, the EPA mandates this combined training. The same course also qualifies for the annual refresher training required by the RCRA. Through this comprehensive course, employees who prepare hazmat for transportation will gain thorough knowledge of best practices in hazmat transportation preparedness and will be able to perform their jobs safely and with confidence.

Course Fee
$195.00 USD


  • Instant Access, Online, On-Demand
  • Certificate, Wallet Card, Scoresheet
  • Accepted by: DOT, EPA

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Topics include:

  • identification of hazardous wastes;
  • onsite management;
  • offsite transportation;
  • marking and labeling;
  • hazardous materials table;
  • exceptions and exemptions;
  • environmental samples and equipment;
  • shipping papers;
  • training requirements; and
  • security awareness training.

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s DOT & RCRA Annual Refresher Training?

Environmental professionals who are 1) involved with handling, shipping, or receiving hazardous materials, including samples of hazardous waste, and 2) involved with managing hazardous wastes. This may include:

  • engineers;
  • scientists;
  • geologists;
  • facility personnel;
  • field technicians;
  • samplers;
  • drillers;
  • laboratory technicians; and
  • shipping & receiving personnel.

Do You Handle Hazardous Materials?

Any individual involved in any stage of handling hazardous materials for transportation must gain combined RCRA/DOT hazmat certification. Eduwhere’s RCRA and DOT training course prepares personnel and managers to safely complete tasks such as identifying hazardous waste, providing environmental samples and equipment, and arranging onsite management and offsite transportation. If you are involved with offering hazmat for transportation in any way, you will need to complete this training annually to maintain EPA compliance.

Do You Prepare Hazardous Materials for Transportation?

Even if your only task related to hazmat transportation is completing the hazardous waste manifest, you are required to complete the combined RCRA and DOT training. Correctly marking and labeling hazardous waste and preparing shipping papers for transportation are integral to maintaining safety when the substances are boxed, loaded, unloaded, and later stored offsite. Eduwhere’s hybrid RCRA/DOT Refresher course will prepare personnel who prepare hazmat for transportation to complete each part of the hazardous waste manifest confidently and correctly.

Do You Ship or Receive Hazardous Materials in Your Department?

If your professional role involves offering hazardous waste for transport from your site or receiving such waste on your site, you must complete combined RCRA and DOT training to be EPA compliant and complete annual refresher training.

Eduwhere’s RCRA and DOT Refresher Online Course can be taken annually to comply with EPA regulations. Students who take the course will learn critical, up-to-date knowledge about topics such as the hazardous materials table, exceptions and exemptions, appropriate packaging for hazardous materials, security considerations, and shipping paperwork.

Industries that Require RCRA and DOT Refresher Courses

A surprising number of industries require various hazmat certifications for the safe treatment, handling, transportation, or storage of hazardous waste. Hazardous waste includes not only obvious materials such as explosives or radioactive materials; it also comprises a wide range of everyday items such as aerosols, and some electronics, appliances, beauty supplies, and medical substances.

Fields in which RCRA and DOT training are often required include engineering, laboratory science, geological science, drilling, medicine, recycling, electronics, and beauty. Other fields that may be less obvious also require the training, such as third-party shipping providers (e.g., FedEx, UPS). Any employer that involves handling or preparing hazmat for transportation must require the appropriate certifications from any involved team members.

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Course Objectives

After completing this series, participants should be able to:

  • know how to identify, and manage hazardous waste;
  • be able to determine generator status and maintain facility compliance with hazardous waste regulations;
  • recognize regulations for recordkeeping and reporting;
  • locate and use the Federal hazardous materials and hazardous waste regulations;
  • properly label and mark hazardous waste containers for shipment;
  • complete manifests for hazardous waste;
  • select proper packaging for hazardous materials; and
  • develop appropriate emergency response information to accompany shipments.


Linda R. Taylor, PE

Linda is the owner of Taylor Engineering, and a former faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University and the former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. She has over 30 years of engineering experience working in industry, academia, and environmental consulting, including over 25 years at North Carolina State University. She has provided instruction on a wide range of environmental, health, transportation, and safety topics at conferences and training courses, both live and online, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer and an OSHA authorized instructor.

Ms. Taylor received a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact Hours

2 Contact Hours
This represents the estimated time to complete the online course, including exercises. Actual times may vary from user to user.

Training Requirement

Citation: 40 CFR 262.16(b)(9)(iii), and 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7), and 49 CFR 172.704 (Subpart H)

According to 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7) LQG personnel must successfully complete a program of classroom instruction, online training (e.g., computer-based or electronic), or on-the-job training that teaches them to perform their duties in a way that ensures compliance with the hazardous waste regulations.

In addition to the initial RCRA training, 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7)(iii) requires LQG personnel to complete an annual refresher on RCRA.

The training requirements for SQGs are found in 40 CFR Part 262.16(b)(9)(iii). SQGs must ensure that their workers are:

"...thoroughly familiar with proper waste handling and emergency procedures relevant to their responsibilities during normal facility operations and emergencies"

The requirement for SQGs may require annual training or other type and frequency of training appropriate to the wastes handled at the SQG site.

DOT's training requirements for shipping hazardous materials is located in 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart H. In addition to initial training [49 CFR 172.704(c)(1)], DOT requires "recurrent training" every 3 three years.

"A hazmat employee shall receive the training required by this subpart at least once every three years." [49 CFR 172.704(c)(2)]

The suggested retraining period for this course is listed as one (1) year because of the RCRA annual training component required for Large Quantity Generators. As stated above, the DOT requirement for refresher training is only once every three (3) years.

How Often Does RCRA and DOT Training Need to Be Updated?

Because of the RCRA annual training requirement for Large Quantity Generators, RCRA/DOT refresher training must be completed each year. The DOT requires recurrent training every three years.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your RCRA and DOT Refresher Course?

Eduwhere’s on-demand, online RCRA/DOT Refresher Course is accepted by the DOT and the EPA and provides you with complete, up-to-the-minute information on every aspect of hazmat shipping. Your instructor is Linda R. Taylor, PE, former Director of Environmental Health & Safety at North Carolina State University's IES. Sharing valuable insights from over three decades of consulting in environmental and industry environments, Ms. Taylor will get you up to speed on the best practices of hazmat transportation in just 2 contact hours.

Personnel who complete the certification refresher will learn how to identify and manage hazmat, assess generator status and adhere to facility compliance regarding hazmat, understand regulations for recordkeeping and reporting, complete hazmat manifests, choose appropriate materials for hazmat packaging, and much more. Upon successful course completion, you will immediately receive a certificate, wallet card, and score sheet.

For 25 years, Eduwhere has provided exceptional online training to professionals in our nation’s most essential industries. We pride ourselves on providing top-tier education that busy professionals can access affordably and from the comfort of their home or office.

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The course fee entitles a single user to participate in the online course for at least six (6) months. Requests for additional time will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but are almost always honored. Hardcopy certificates are mailed (first class for domestic locations/standard airmail for international locations) and included in the course fee. Expedited shipping costs are additional.