Online RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Training Course for Large and Small Quantity Generators (40 CFR 262)

RCRA Hazardous Waste Management for Generators

Our RCRA Hazardous Waste Management for Large, Small, and Very Small Quantity Generators course provides a detailed discussion of federal solid and hazardous waste management laws and regulations that affect businesses. The course 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.

The 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.

RCRA Hazardous Waste Training (40 CFR 262.16 & 40 CFR 262.17) Course Details

Eduwhere’s online RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Training Course for Large, Small and Very Small Quantity Generators is designed to provide personnel at generator facilities with the certification training they need to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), specifically 40 CFR 262.16 and 262.17. The class meets the Federal requirements for initial and refresher training.

Course Fee
$160.00 USD


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

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  • Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management
  • Hazardous Waste Determination
  • Generator Status
  • On-Site Management
  • Record Keeping, Reporting, Spills, Training & Enforcement
  • Off-Site Disposal, including 2006 Manifest Changes
  • Used Oil, Universal Wastes and Mercury Containing Lamps
  • Land Disposal Restrictions

Who Should Take Eduwhere’s RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Training Course for Generators?

Personnel who generate, handle, store, treat or dispose of hazardous waste may be required to complete a RCRA training course annually. Environmental managers at facilities who use hazardous chemicals, and individuals wanting to know more about hazardous waste regulations will find the information provided in the course valuable.

Do You Work as an Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Plant Manager or Waste Handler?

Personnel who are responsible for the direct handling of hazardous waste or the management of facilities that generate hazardous waste are required, in most cases, to receive annual RCRA Hazardous Waste Training. Understanding and refreshing safety protocols and standard operating procedures are critical to maintaining a safe workplace and ensuring compliance with industry regulations.

The course content will prepare such individuals to understand federal hazardous waste regulations; determine generator status and the requirements for facility compliance with hazardous waste law; understand recordkeeping, training, and enforcement, and learn the requirements of land disposal restrictions.

Do You Work with Hazardous Waste Generators as a Contractor?

Contractors, like all employees who work at large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs), must complete RCRA Hazardous Waste Management training to comply with EPA regulations. Contractors who need the training include both those who actively manage hazardous waste and those who produce it through their work (e.g., as part of a painting crew).

Do You or Your Business Provide Hazardous Waste Management Services for Large, Small or Very Small Quantity Waste Generators?

All personnel who work in facilities that manage, handle, store, or ship hazardous waste from large, small, or very small quantity generators are required to complete hazardous waste management training in compliance with RCRA 40 CFR 262. Training all individuals involved in the hazardous waste management workflow is an important safety measure for workers and the greater environment.

Individuals who take the training will learn crucial health and safety information such as how to determine which materials are considered hazardous waste; how to keep records and report incidents, coordinate off-site disposal, manage materials such as used oil and mercury-containing equipment; and how to work with land disposal restrictions.

Industries that Require RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Training Courses (40 CFR 262)

For many industrial fields, RCRA hazardous waste training is essential. These include large quantity generators, which generate 1,000 kg of hazardous waste each month or produce more than 1 kg of extremely hazardous waste each month, as well as small quantity generators, which generate an amount that is less than 1,000 kg but still significant enough to make comprehensive training paramount. Personnel at very small quantity generators, which yield fewer than 100 kg of waste per month, are not obligated to complete the training, but many still find it useful.

Some of the most common waste generator industries are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Chemical Production;
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing;
  • Metal Fabrication;
  • Mining;
  • Aviation and Aerospace;
  • Transportation;
  • University EHS;
  • Environmental Consultants and Technicians; and
  • Petroleum Refining.
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Course Objectives

Individuals completing the course will:
  • understand federal hazardous waste regulations;
  • 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, training, and enforcement;
  • know how to manage used oil; and
  • understand requirements for land disposal restrictions.


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), and 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7)

RCRA Training Requirements for Large Quantity Generators

Citation: 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7)

According to 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7), Large Quantity Generator (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.

RCRA Training Requirements for Small Quantity Generators

Citation: 40 CFR 262.16(b)(9)(iii)

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.

How Often Does the 40 CFR 262.17 (RCRA Training For Hazardous Waste Generators) Certification Need to Be Updated?

RCRA Training for Hazardous Waste Generators must be completed annually for LQG's. Eduwhere’s online course satisfies the requirement for both initial RCRA training as well as annual refresher training.

Refresher Training Required: Every 1 year(s).

Why Choose Eduwhere for Your RCRA Training for Hazardous Waste Generators Course?

Eduwhere has been providing affordable, accessible online hazardous waste management training for over 25 years. We understand the many demands on professionals’ time, so we make it as easy as possible for you to access our courses on your schedule from any location with an internet connection.

In about 8 contact hours, your OSHA-approved instructor, Linda R. Taylor, will share her insights from over two decades of experience as an environmental consultant and engineer, as well as her comprehensive knowledge of the RCRA, to prepare you for any situation related to hazardous waste management at small quantity generators.

Our on-demand course will provide you with a wallet card, scoresheet, and certificate that is accepted by the EPA and other regulatory agencies.

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Course FAQs

Yes the RCRA Hazardous Waste Management for Generators Course covers how to properly package, label and mark waste containers and how to prepare documentation for shipments which includes signing the manifests.
Although the EPA does not explicitly pre-approve courses, our Certificate of Completion and training documentation are accepted by the EPA as satisfying the requirement for hazardous waste management training as specified in RCRA 40 CFR 262.17.
All contractors who will be working for a LQG for more than six months are required to complete the training to comply with the RCRA training requirements. Individuals whose assignments are shorter than six months may instead work under the supervision of a trained team member, although they may still find the training useful.

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.