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Hazardous Waste Compliance Manager™ (with DOT Hazmat Ground Shipper Certification)

RCRA Training & Hazardous Waste Management

Our RCRA training courses prepares you to properly identify, accumulate, transport and dispose of hazardous waste and become DOT qualified to sign manifests.

Learn to Properly Identify, Accumulate, and Dispose Hazardous Waste…and become DOT Qualified to Sign Manifests.

Managing and shipping hazardous waste in full compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) requires an understanding of requirements that apply at generation, accumulation, storage, transportation, and disposal stages. This annual course delivers a breakdown of current requirements, presented within a context that simplifies understanding.

The Aarcher Institute’s Hazardous Waste Compliance Manager™ training course is designed to provide both beginning and advanced waste generators, handlers, and managers with the tools and understanding needed to master the complexities of RCRA, while avoiding the confusion and faulty interpretations that can lead to regulatory pitfalls. This course incorporates a series of presentations, in-depth discussions, and practical exercises designed to guide participants towards mastery of RCRA. The fifth day provides attendees with the tools and training necessary to prepare and sign your hazardous waste manifest in accordance with DOT hazmat training requirements.

Who should attend RCRA Training?

This is the Aarcher Institute’s most detailed presentation of hazardous waste requirements, but the context provided and the opportunity to adjust participation by registering only for selected days makes this course a great pick for anyone with hazardous waste responsibilities. Annual attendance ensures you stay current with changing RCRA regulations and help your company comply with the training requirements under 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7) and 49 CFR 172.704 Subpart H. This course is valuable for EH&S managers, environmental compliance specialists, environmental consultants and engineers, operations managers, and anyone involved in the generation, accumulation, management, or disposal of wastes.

What is the format of our hazardous waste training course?

The Hazardous Waste Compliance ManagerTM training course presents the framework of RCRA and the specific requirements of its implementing regulations, along with DOT Hazmat shipping requirements. Each day builds on the last as the instructor presents the material using a combination of slide sets, references to reference materials, exercises, and discussions of real challenges faced by others. The class participates in a virtual “walkthrough” of a hazardous waste generating facility.

Courses are held in pleasant and easily accessible locations, and training venues are selected to allow you to escape distractions and focus on the presented material in a professional setting. All locations offer wireless service and Internet access so you can stay connected.  Because our instructors teach exclusively for the Aarcher Institute, using our exclusive content, course modules are presented in logical sequences and information is not fragmented and does not overlap. Discussions among instructors and attendees explore unique environmental management challenges and proven compliance strategies. All attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the course.

What does our training course deliver for hazardous waste professionals?

The Hazardous Waste Compliance ManagerTM provides participants with a solid foundation for identifying, characterizing, accumulating, and disposing of hazardous waste. Completion of this course ensure you are well-equipped to manage hazardous waste in a manner that is compliant and minimizes risks to your organization.

You will be provided with a current copy of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) hazardous regulations (40 CFR Parts 260-265) and DOT Hazmat regulations (40 CFR 172 Subpart H); Aarcher handheld reference guides; instructor contact information for future questions; your notes from the presentations and discussions; and an embossed certificate.

You can register to attend one day, any combination of days or the full five days. 

  • Day One– RCRA background and context followed by a close look at hazardous waste identification, characterization, and classification, including available exclusions and exemptions that alleviate regulatory burden for some waste streams. Special rules applicable to listed wastes are also addressed.
  • Day Two– Requirements and strategies for onsite hazardous waste accumulation based on generator classifications. Recordkeeping requirements and special rules for accumulation of special waste streams, release reporting and development of a training program compliant with 40 CFR 262.17(a)(7), are also presented. The class takes a “virtual” facility tour to further discussions of waste challenges.
  • Day Three– Hazardous waste disposal procedures and requirements, including manifesting, land disposal restrictions, management of demolition waste, policies and interpretations regarding spills and releases, contingency planning and allowable onsite treatment.
  • Day Four– Advanced compliance concepts and strategies, including waste stream management, proper sampling and characterization, management of spill cleanup materials and debris, a review of recent and pending hazardous waste rule changes, and effective compliance strategies.
  • Day Five–If you sign the hazardous waste manifest, you meet the definition of a “Hazmat Employee” according to the DOT Hazmat regulations.  During this day, we will help your company and you meet the hazmat training requirements. We will provide General Awareness training (provides familiarity with the requirements recognize hazardous materials), Function-specific training (how to properly fill out a manifest and prepare your hazardous waste for shipping), Safety training (includes emergency response measures), and Security training (security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation).

If you maintain professional credentials requiring continuing education credits, this Hazardous Waste Compliance ManagerTM  has been approved by all environmental, safety, legal, and engineering certifying bodies.

Why choose Aarcher’s training course?

We understand that you have a choice of environmental regulatory training options, including self-paced on-line slide sets, webinars, conferences, update bulletins, and instructor-led, live courses. We believe the most effective learning experience is created from live courses, where attendees are able to spend a few days focusing on a topic, guided by expert instructors presenting material in a personal and engaging manner, responding to questions, and encouraging students to share personal perspectives and experiences with one another.

This course was developed by practicing hazardous waste consultants who work regularly with commercial and industrial clients. The presented material and example compliance challenges have been continually refined. Instructors have contributed compliance recommendations and insights on various topics.

The training materials in this course are owned by the Aarcher Institute and not available through any other source. As we evolve and improve our team, we select our instructors very carefully, just as we do our course materials. Our instructors are highly qualified, practicing EH&S professionals and compliance experts who have been carefully selected based on their regulatory knowledge, relevant perspectives, professionalism, and demonstrated training ability. We are proud of our exclusive instructor team.

What’s covered in the course?

Taking this course will greatly increase your confidence level by having identified all applicable RCRA requirements for your organization and gaining a comprehensive understanding of RCRA and practical tips to use back on the job. You will receive bound course handout materials, which becomes a useful desk book for later reference.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Hazardous Waste Identification and Characterization
  • Understanding Legal Responsibilities and the Structure of RCRA
  • EPA Enforcement and Avoiding Common Violations
  • Hazardous Waste Identification and Characterization
  • Hazardous Waste Recycling Exclusions (including requirements and reliefs under EPA’s 2015 Definition of Solid Waste)
  • Generator Requirements
  • On-Site Storage Options (90/180 day storage, Satellite Storage)
  • Used Oil Management
  • “Special Hazardous Wastes” (Universal Wastes, Electronic Wastes, Aerosol Cans, and Solvent-contaminated Wipes)
  • Treating Hazardous Waste
  • Shipping Hazardous Waste
  • Hazardous Waste Manifest (e-manifest update)
  • Release Reporting
  • Land Disposal Restrictions (Treatment Standards and Underlying Hazardous Constituents)
  • Air Emissions under Subparts AA, BB, and CC
  • Remediation, Demolition, and Spills (Managing Contaminated Media and Debris from Spills and Spill Residues, Demolition Projects)
  • RCRA Update
  • Emergency/Contingency Plan Preparation
  • DOT Hazmat General Awareness training: provides familiarity with the requirements and allows employees to recognize hazardous materials in the workplace,
  • DOT Hazmat Function-specific training: detailed job-specific training,
  • DOT Hazmat Safety training: includes emergency response and measures to be taken in case of an emergency at your workplace, and
  • DOT Hazmat Security training: security risks associated with hazardous materials transportation and enhancement of transportation safety.

What will I receive?

You will be provided with a course binder, example documents, reference materials, and other tools that will be valuable after the course:

  • Printed complete copy of the 2-volume Federal hazardous waste regulations (40 CFR 260-265)
  • Aarcher handheld reference guides
  • Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) 49 CFR 172
  • DOT Emergency Response Guidebook
  • Additional DOT reference materials

Upon successful completion of the workshop, students can earn up to 36 CEUs.

Register for All or Some Days!

DAY ONE: "Identifying and characterizing Wastes Accurately" - 8:15 – 4:15  

  • Class Introductions and Course Overview
  • Hazardous Waste Management Challenges & RCRA Historical Context
  • Virtual Facility Tour
  • Identifying Discarded Materials & Solid Wastes
  • Recycling and Definition of Solid Waste 2015
  • Characteristic Hazardous Wastes
  • Listed Hazardous Wastes (F,K, P, and U)
  • Mixture Rule & Derived-From Rule
  • Solid Waste Exclusions and Exemptions
  • Case Study

DAY TWO: "Waste Accumulation & Management" - 8:15 – 4:15

  • Generator Classifications
  • Accumulation (Satellite) including “at or near the point of generation” & “under the control of”
  • Accumulation (Central-90/180 Day)
  • Container Management
  • Tanks/Impoundments/Piles
  • Air Emissions Required Controls (Subpart AA, BB & CC)
  • Accumulation & Management: Practical Tips and Strategies
  • Universal Wastes, e-Wastes, Aerosol Cans & Solvent-Contaminated Wipes, Used Oil Management
  • Recordkeeping
  • RCRA Training Requirements
  • Release Reporting Requirements

DAY THREE: "Transfer & Disposal" - 8:15 – 4:15

  • Manifests & e-Manifests
  • Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR)
  • LDR – Hazardous Waste Treatment Standards
  • LDR – Universal Treatment Standards & UHCs
  • LDR Examples
  • Application of D-codes to F, K, P & U Wastes
  • Dilution Solutions
  • Allowable Onsite Treatment of Hazardous Wastes by Generators
  • Case Study

DAY FOUR: "Advanced RCRA Compliance" - 8:15 – 4:15

  • Sampling and Characterization of Wastes
  • Demolition and Debris Management
  • Contingency Plans
  • RCRA Inspections: Preparation and Participation
  • Common RCRA Violations/Compliance Strategies and Recommendations
  • “Contained-in” Policy
  • Spills & Residues
  • Corrective Actions
  • Recent Rule Making & Proposed Changes

DAY FIVE: "DOT Hazmat Ground Shipment" - 8:15 – 3:00

  • Introduction and Objectives
  • Background information & Regulatory review
  • Training requirements & Recordkeeping
  • General Awareness Familiarization Training
  • Function Specific Training (Review of the Hazardous Material Table; Finding hazmat, writing shipping description, packaging, markings, labels and placards, shipping papers
  • Safety Training
  • Security Training
  • Certification Exam

Craig J. Schwartz, CHMM, CPEA, CET, is an environmental regulatory compliance expert, with more than 20 years hands on experience assisting clients achieve and maintain compliance nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor  (CPEA). He has also achieved certification by the US Army Corps of Engineers  as a wetland delineator, UST operator certifications in multiple states, several state-level sediment and erosion control certifications, pesticide manager certification, and RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training. Craig formerly served as technical manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Wetlands Information Hotline, program manager for USEPA Enforcement Support Services (ESS), project manager for the development of comprehensive environmental compliance audit protocols, and technical lead for hundreds of facility environmental plans and permit applications. Craig has supported more than 250 private companies and Federal agencies, ranging from steel mills to the US Army, and has led environmental compliance assistance audits for more than 350 facilities in 42 states, and has been approved by the USEPA as a third-party compliance evaluator.


Robert A. (Bob) LaRosa, PE is an experienced environmental professional  with over  30 years’ experience in the EH&S field in various field level, supervisory, and management positions. He has worked with clients in the manufacturing, chemical, petroleum, transportation, telecommunication, food and pharmaceutical industries to improve their environmental, health and safety programs and performance.  He has developed and delivered training for both public workshops and in-house workshops for various environmental, health and safety topics including, but not limited to Hazardous Waste Management (RCRA), Hazardous Materials Transportation (DOT Hazmat), Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC), Stormwater Pollution Prevention (SWPP), Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) and many OSHA required training topics including Hazardous Waste Operations and Response (HAZWOPER) and Hazard Communication (Hazcom).


Bill Decker, PE, is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and has extensive environmental regulatory compliance experience related to water and waste issues. He has more than 25 years experience preparing permit applications, solving client environmental challenges, and developing SPCC Plans, Facility Response Plans, Storm Water permitting, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Planning, Hazardous Material & Waste Management Plans, Pollution Prevention Plans, and Waste Analysis Plans.