80-hour Hazardous Materials Technician

Duration: 80 hrs

Hazardous materials technicians are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases for the purpose of stopping the release. They assume a more aggressive role than a first responder at the operations level in that they, while wearing proper PPE, will approach the point of release in order to plug, patch or otherwise stop the release of a hazardous substance. They also perform advance control, containment, and confinement operations and use decontamination procedures. This course also prepares students for low probability/high risk incidents such as terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

The course is based upon a classroom foundation, but centers on hands-on-training. There will be many scenarios and students will demonstrate the NFPA skills required for certification.

Target Audience: Firefighters, Police, EMS, State, and Federal hazmat team members

Prerequisite: Hazmat First Responder Operations

8-hours of annual refresher training is required to maintain certification

Course meets the following training requirements:

  • NFPA 472
  • 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iii)
  • 29 CFR 1926.65(q)(6)(iii)


  • Standards and Laws
  • Risks and potential outcomes associated with hazardous materials
  • Basic chemical and toxicological terminology and behavior
  • Basic hazardous materials nomenclature
  • Hazmat chemistry
  • Radiation
  • Explosives
  • Chemical, biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) weapons of mass destruction
  • Hazard classification of unknown chemicals
  • Hazard Recognition / identification
  • Placarding, NFPA 704 marking system, SDS sheets, and ERG
  • Hazard and risk assessment
  • Classification, identification and verification of known and unknown materials by using field survey instruments and equipment (monitors)
  • Transportation and Containers
  • Railcar identification and emergencies
  • Fixed Site Facilities
  • Scene management, area isolation, and scene control
  • NIMS, ICS, Federal Response Plan
  • Research Materials
  • Detection equipment and air monitoring
  • Entry Team operations (plugging, patching, over-packing, sample collection, grounding & bonding, chlorine kits, and more
  • Selection and use of proper personal protective equipment
  • Respiratory protection
  • Decontamination procedures
  • Standard operating procedures and termination procedures
  • Implement the employer's emergency response plan.
  • Functioning within an assigned role in the Incident Command System