8-Hour Initial RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Training

Learn how to safely generate, manage, store and fill out waste manifests

Course Details


TIME TO COMPLETE: Approximately 8 hours
CONTINUING EDUCATION: 0.8 CEUs, 8 contact hours
REGULATIONS SATISFIED:: 40 CFR 262.16, 262.17 &
40 CFR 265.16
NOTE: This more in depth course is best for those new to the hazardous waste world.

See our 4-hour RCRA Refresher course for those renewing their certification.

Satisfies hazardous waste generator training needs in 49 states. (Please see Course #1398 for California.)

Max Subscription Days: 60 Days
Code: 1390
Subjects: EPA Hazardous Waste Courses
Price: US $149.00

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The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) governs the disposal of hazardous waste. Employee training is one of the most frequent RCRA violations. Understanding RCRA training courses makes this easily avoidable.

Anyone who handles waste-related tasks must have RCRA training, such as those who identify, classify, store, label and dispose of hazardous wastes in compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. This course will help you manage hazardous waste from cradle-to-grave and comply with the RCRA regulations.

The training you need depends on your specific job requirements, and employers must ensure all personnel is properly trained.


The structure and objectives of this course are based on compliance with RCRA 40 CFR, Parts 262.16, 262.17 and 265.16

RCRA course objectives include:

  1. Defining waste: Learn to identify hazardous waste and its generation. You will understand waste classifications and the basic terminology and toxicology relating to hazardous waste.
  2. Regulations and terms: You will be able to define co-generator and generator and discuss new regulations regarding universal hazardous waste, list the three classes of generators and know what episodic generator means. Learn the differences between federal hazardous waste regulations and state hazardous waste agency regulations.
  3. Background: You will understand the background and need for hazardous waste regulations per the RCRA and how waste accumulation works, including waste accumulation sites and satellite accumulation sites. You’ll learn the importance of proper record keeping and reporting requirements for generators.
  4. Safety considerations: You will understand the need for proper training and emergency response. Learn to recognize a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest and what information is required to fill one out accurately.
  5. RCRA requirements: You will meet the requirements of 40 CFR 262.34 (d)(5)(C)(iii) for certification as a hazardous waste handler. Learn the hazardous waste agency for your state of residency.

What Regulations Does This Course Satisfy?

Our online RCRA Hazardous Waste course offers certification and training for hazardous waste handlers of small and large quantities. This information aligns with EPA regulations 265.16, 262.17 for LQGs and 40 CFR 262.16 for SQGs.

This training satisfies hazardous waste generator training in 49 States (every state but California).  Taking our online course also satisfies the annual RCRA Hazardous Waste Handler refresher training requirement. However, if you are signing off on a waste manifest you will also need to be DOT certified, since this is a DOT regulated document. Check out our combined DOT/RCRA course here.

RCRA-hazardous-waste-storage-trainingWhat to Expect During This Online Course

Review our grading policy and course deadlines as well as the course topics, requirements and accreditation upon completing the training.

Topics Covered

This course covers all the topics required for RCRA hazardous waste generator certification. You can expect to learn about RCRA waste classifications, basic toxicology, waste accumulation, record keeping and reporting requirements and more. You will also learn how to recognize and fill out a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest.

Course Requirements

Students will have to go through all interactive modules in order to unlock the final exam at the end of the course. You will need a computer or iPad with Internet access and an email account. No text is required — all course materials are available online. The course will take approximately four hours to complete, but you can come and go as you need.

Grading Policy

Passing this course requires completing the multiple choice or true/false exam with a grade of 75% or better. If you do not receive a grade of at least 75% on the final quiz, you may retake the quiz up to three times.

Course Schedule and Deadlines

The course is designed to be self-paced. You will have 60 days to complete it and can come and go as you need. After one month, you will need to re-enroll. You will get an electronic certification as soon as you complete this course that you can download and print.

Who should take this class?

To ensure the safety of individuals and the environment, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA requires workers who handle hazardous wastes to receive training. If you do any of the following, our hazardous waste generator training is right for you:

  • Manage hazardous waste at your site
  • Store hazardous waste at your workplace
  • Inspect hazardous waste storage areas
  • Package or label hazardous waste
  • Fill out or sign hazardous waste manifests

Our online RCRA hazardous waste generator course provides essential knowledge to workers who manage or handle hazardous waste. This includes supervisors, specialists, waste generators, contractors and environmental compliance professionals.

Please note that this training course only covers requirements for 49 U.S. states. If you are a hazardous waste generator in California, your requirements differ, and you need our California Hazardous Waste Generator course #1398 instead.

Industries That Require This Course

A number of different industries produce and handle hazardous waste as part of operations. This can include major industrial fields like mining, chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining and metal fabrication, as well as smaller industries.

A generator is defined as anyone who generates hazardous waste or engages in activities that bring hazardous waste under regulation. Generators fall into three main categories:

  • Large quantity generators (LQGs): These generators produce at least 1,000 kilograms of hazardous waste every month. Alternately, an organization may be classified as an LQG if it generates more than one kilogram of acutely hazardous waste per month. These wastes are subject to more regulations because they are harmful enough to cause death, serious illness or injury.
  • Small quantity generators (SQGs): Small quantity generators produce less waste than LQGs, but they still require certification for all workers involved with hazardous waste.
  • Very small quantity generators (VSQGs): These are generators that produce no more than 100 kilograms of hazardous waste in a month. Small businesses may fall into this category. Although VSQGs are not explicitly required to receive certification for RCRA hazardous waste generators, training can help these organizations remain in compliance.

Our RCRA hazardous waste generator course can meet the needs of workers in a wide range of industries. Whether you work for an LQG, SQG or VSQG, training will prepare you to protect yourself, the environment and others from hazardous waste.

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What is the difference between your 8-hour RCRA and your 4-Hour RCRA Course?

Our 8-hour RCRA Hazardous Waste course is a more in depth course. It dives deeper into classifying your waste, the endless requirements LQG’s and SQG’s face as well as how to properly fill out a Hazardous Waste Manifest electronically and manually.

If you are renewing your certification you may want to sign up for our 4-hour Hazardous Waste Refresher Course #1391.

How often is RCRA Hazardous Waste training required?

Large Quantity Generators are required to receive this training annually.

Small Quantity Generators are required to be “thoroughly familiar” with the RCRA regulations so we recommend training every other year to keep up with the changing regulations.

Who is required to have RCRA Hazardous Waste training?

RCRA Hazardous Waste training is required for all “hazardous waste personnel” within 6 months of hire. US EPA defines hazardous waste personnel as “all persons who work at, or oversee the operations of, a hazardous waste facility and whose failure to act may result in noncompliance with the RCRA requirements.”

If I complete this RCRA course, will I be certified to sign off on the Hazardous Waste Manifest?

No, if you will be signing off on the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest we would recommend taking our DOT/RCRA combined course instead.

When signing a manifest you are certifying that your waste shipment is properly classified, labeled and packaged, so it is required you have knowledge of the 49 CFR Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations to ensure safe movement of your waste.

Is online training an acceptable method of Hazardous Waste training?

Yes, online training is an acceptable method of Hazardous Waste training. The EPA says in Title 40 CFR 262.17 that “facility 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.” Once you have our online certification you will be certified to generate and store waste at your jobsite.

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