Study for the Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response certification test involves a combination of a classroom or online course, hands-on practice and instruction by a qualified trainer. Although the Occupational Health and Safety Administration doesn't recommend specific training programs, it suggests a number of venues where students can locate instruction.
Although computer-based Hazwoper instruction meets some training requirements, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration considers it insufficient by itself. Students must have hands-on exercises and assessment in skills such as operating air monitoring equipment and putting on and taking off protective gear. Online Hazwoper courses may meet the requirement of student access to a qualified trainer if they have email or phone links to a live instructor while students are undergoing the training. Initial or refresher Hazwoper certification requires 8, 24 or 40 hours of training, depending on the degree of worker exposure to hazardous substances.
To locate Hazwoper training programs, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration recommends that students contact an OSHA regional or area office, an OSHA state consultant office, or an OSHA training institute. Many universities and community colleges also offer Hazwoper courses in their adult extension studies programs. Other organizations offering information about Hazwoper training programs include the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the National Safety Council.