Online DOT-RCRA Training: Hazardous Waste Management Course for Environmental Professionals

Hazardous Waste Management and Shipping for Environmental Professionals

This web-based, online DOT-RCRA training includes a history and 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. This DOT-RCRA hybrid course is designed to assist facilities to meet 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)).

The course includes discussion of the new Generator Improvement Rule promulgated in 2016.

In addition, this DOT-RCRA training course includes a discussion of the DOT's regulations for shipping supplies, equipment and samples related to hazardous waste site investigations and remediation activities which is based on the requirements for training as specified in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H, including testing of participants.

Hazardous Waste Management Training Course Details

The Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) require all employees who participate in hazmat management at large- or small-quantity regulator sites to complete DOT RCRA training. Eduwhere’s course satisfies the training requirements of both agencies.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of best practices for hazmat management and emergency protocols. The course will cover all topics required by the DOT and RCRA, including hazmat classification and definition, shipping paperwork, packaging, marking, labeling, and placarding, as well as emergency and security procedures. In addition, you will become familiar with regulatory standards for a variety of hazardous material categories, including used oil, pharmaceutical waste, and universal waste.

Course Fee
$190.00 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; and
  • training requirements, including DOT Security Awareness.

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s Hybrid DOT-RCRA Training Class?

This RCRA-DOT training course is required for 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 associated with cleanup activities. This may include:

  • samplers
  • drillers
  • engineers
  • geologists
  • laboratory technicians
  • scientists
  • field technicians

Are You an Environmental Professional Working with Hazardous Waste?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require any personnel involved in hazardous waste generation, handling, management, or storage to complete DOT RCRA training. If you are a supervisor on a site that performs any hazmat-related activities, you are responsible for ensuring that your team members complete this training and annual refresher training as well.

Eduwhere’s DOT RCRA hazmat certification training fulfills the DOT’s and EPA’s requirements for both initial training and refresher training. Through this convenient online class, environmental personnel will learn a wealth of information that is central to their job duties, including how to identify hazmat, maintain facility and federal regulations for hazmat handling, and ensure proper packaging, labeling, and marking of hazmat shipments.

This hybrid DOT-RCRA hazardous waste management training course will also cover two important changes brought forth by the EPA’s 2016 Generator Improvement Rule. This legislation created more flexibility for generators that generate high quantities of waste only occasionally. It also made it so that very small quantity generators can send hazmat to large quantity generators that are managed by the same team.

Do You Handle or Prepare Hazardous Materials?

All employees in the hazmat management workflow play an important role in safety and risk prevention on their worksite, even if they never handle hazardous materials directly. A key example of this is an employee who signs the hazardous waste manifest.

Signing a hazardous waste manifest confirms that hazardous waste was delivered successfully and that all of the hazmat shipment has been accounted for. Because of the importance of this task, all personnel who complete the manifest must complete the DOT RCRA training as well as annual refresher training.

Do You Clean up or Manage the Cleanup of Hazardous Materials?

If your duties are related to hazmat cleanup or the supervision of hazmat cleanup, you are directly involved in hazmat management and thus required to complete DOT RCRA training. This training will help protect you, your team, and the environment as you perform cleanup operations.

In addition to ensuring that you and your team are in compliance with DOT and EPA regulations, certification through Eduwhere’s convenient DOT RCRA training will prepare you for many situations you will encounter on the job. Personnel involved with cleanup will benefit in particular from course content on how to identify various forms of hazardous waste and manage them onsite, understand exceptions and exemptions, take environmental samples, and ensure worksite security.

Industries that Require Hazardous Waste Management Training Courses

Hazardous materials can be found in almost every work environment, and at least some personnel at any work site that houses hazardous waste must know how to dispose of or transport it safely. Even household items–such as expired prescriptions or heavy-duty cleaners–are considered hazardous waste. It’s highly important that personnel who work with hazmat in any industry be informed of the dangers of hazmat mishandling as well as best practices for preventing them.

Industries such as environmental sampling; engineering; petroleum drilling; medical, veterinary, and biological laboratory science; and geology have clear connections to hazardous waste. However, a wide range of other industries that might not immediately spring to mind manage hazardous waste and thus require their employees to take DOT RCRA training. These include industries such as beauty, HVAC supply, electronics, medical supply, and recycling. If your profession requires you to manage hazmat in any way, you may be required to take an annual DOT RCRA training.


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

8 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), 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7) and 49 CFR 172.704

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 40 CFR 262.16(b)(9)(iii), 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7) and 49 CFR 172.704 Training Need to Be Updated?

Although the DOT, per 49 CFR 172.704(c)(2), requires that hazmat employees complete RCRA DOT training only every three years, the RCRA has an annual training requirement for large- and small-quantity generators. Therefore, to cover all the bases it is prudent to complete refresher training every year.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your Combined DOT & RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Training Classes?

For more than 25 years, Eduwhere has provided affordable, accessible hazmat training to busy professionals. Our courses can be taken on demand from any location with an internet connection and according to your own schedule. We recognize that you are juggling many demands as you are completing the training that will keep you in compliance with health and safety organizations, and we aim to make our courses as informative and convenient as possible.

Your OSHA-approved instructor, Linda R. Taylor, PE, brings to this training a wealth of experience in industry and environmental consulting with corporations such as Progress Energy. Her firsthand knowledge of hazmat safety from her own career, as well as her expertise in teaching as a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Technology at NC State University, make her an ideal instructor for this course.

In just 8 contact hours, Ms. Taylor will provide you with the education you need to make informed decisions about hazmat safety in the workplace and remain in compliance with the EPA and the DOT. Learning this information will give you the background you need to perform hazmat-related duties with confidence.

Eduwhere’s DOT RCRA training is accepted by DOT and the EPA. Upon successful completion of the class, you’ll receive a certificate, wallet card, and scoresheet indicating that you have passed the final examination and achieved certification.

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.