Course Description

  • Solid Waste Landfill/TS/MRF 4.0 Hours
  • CEUs: .08
  • FBPE CEHs 8.0 Provider #0004021
  • FDEP OCP 04251008 CEUs: 0.8 DS DW WW 
  • Self-paced online course- Deadlines noted on course page and receipt

Course coordinator: Lauren McCain lmccain@treeo.ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 392-9570 or 352-294-3876


This course is approved through July 2026.

If you are eligible for OCP CEUs for this course: You will be responsible for providing your license information at the completion of your course to registration@treeo.ufl.edu.  We will provide confirmation once your information has been submitted. 


Overview of the Course

This course provides an overview of hazardous waste regulations and obligations that apply to any facility that generates hazardous waste, and is beneficial training for any personnel who need to comply with hazardous waste regulations.

 Course Goals

The goal of this course is to provide instruction that will fulfill the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) annual review of training requirement for generators of hazardous waste contained in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 262.

After completing the course, you will be able to describe common RCRA terms, discuss obligations of hazardous waste generators, recognize possible compliance issues involving waste management, and find resources for maintaining compliance with the hazardous waste regulations.  You will also learn about identifying and characterizing hazardous waste, preparing for an inspection, managing universal waste and used oil, keeping records, reporting spills, and contingency planning for emergencies that involve hazardous waste. 



Training will include updates recently included in the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Final Rule:

  • Updates of terms and definitions
  • Clarification of certain requirements
  • Determinations of hazardous waste
  • Changes to generator status criteria
  • Managing waste from small and large quantity generators
  • Reporting and record keeping obligations
  • Satellite accumulation area clarifications



Small- to medium-sized businesses, manufacturers and government agencies that produce hazardous waste should attend this course. The following types of facilities usually generate, handle or transport hazardous waste:

  • Auto repair manufacturers
  • County and city public works personnel
  • Dry cleaners
  • Fleet maintenance facility personnel
  • Landfill operators
  • Laboratories
  • Machine shop owners
  • Metal painting and finishing shop owners
  • Pesticide users
  • Printers


Students have 30 days from the date of registration to complete the course. This course takes roughly 8 hours to complete. Once the course has been completed and passed, the student will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion.

Practice Quizzes and Final Exam

There are end-of module quizzes that must be successfully completed to move to the next module.  Quizzes are 5 questions each and can be taken multiple times. 

The Final Exam is 20 questions and is merely provided for testing comprehension for the student’s benefit. The final exam is based on material from all modules.  A minimum of 70% must be achieved 

Accessing the course:

  • Student will receive course access once the registration has been processed by our office during normal business hours.
  • If you are taking a refresher course, we will first verify your eligibility. Your registration might be placed on hold until this is completed. If you are not eligible to take a refresher based on our records, we will contact you.

Once the registration has been processed by our office, you can expect the following:

  • An email will be sent to you asking to complete your enrollment.
  • Follow the link to the Enroll Now page.
  • You will be asked to create your login using an external identifier. The University of Florida has approved the use of LinkedIn, or Google (Gmail) to enter our courses. You can use an existing account for this course. You will want to make sure you know your credentials for this outside account.
  • The use of an external identifier as listed above is required to enter our courses. We cannot provide another method of access to the course.
  • If you are unsure about any of these requirements, please contact us before you register, and we'll be happy to assist.


Compliance – It’s the Law!

Many businesses are unaware that they are subject to regulation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). If your facility generates, stores, transports or disposes of hazardous waste, you must comply with RCRA. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) is responsible for enforcing RCRA throughout the state.

The effects of improper management of hazardous waste are similar to throwing a rock into a pond. Initial damage may begin to appear at the workplace or on the property. The rippling effect continues as the hazardous waste enters the air or groundwater and the damage migrates toward surrounding communities. The generator of this hazardous waste is responsible for damages or required cleanup at any location where the waste may eventually spread.

Learner Outcomes

This course provides you with an overview of RCRA and other federal and state regulations that govern hazardous waste. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Locate regulations that apply to the generation, shipment and disposal of hazardous waste
  • Find resources to help maintain compliance with hazardous waste regulations
  • Define the terms, "solid waste," "hazardous waste," "universal waste," and "used oil"
  • Identify waste that meets the definition of hazardous waste
  • Characterize hazardous waste according to federal regulatory criteria
  • Ensure that hazardous waste shipping documents are properly used
  • Describe land disposal restrictions that apply to hazardous waste
  • Keep records documenting compliance with hazardous waste regulations
  • Prepare for a regulatory inspection that could occur during work hours
  • Ensure that employees who work with chemicals are trained to manage the waste in a safe manner and in accordance with local and federal regulations
  • Maintain a contingency plan for responding to emergencies that apply to hazardous waste

For more information on certification and accreditation, visit the Continuing Education Credit Information page.

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Section Title
Hazardous Waste Regulations for Generators Online
Section Schedule
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Course Fee(s)
HW Regs for Gen Online 250098 non-credit $325.00
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You will have 30 days from the date of your enrollment to complete this course.
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