SKC Hazardous Material Program


Program Description

Salish Kootenai College is pleased to offer this workforce development training program. The program is funded by the EPA to give workers the skills, certifications and knowledge to work in hazardous materials and contaminated environmental sites.

The training is broken into two phases: foundational skills and advanced skills. Students will learn a wide variety of hazardous materials and environmental subjects and earn numerous certifications. The program begins in January and last approximately six months. The courses will largely be offered in the evenings and weekends to accommodate working adults.


Robert DePoe III Building

Contact Greg Gould for details.

Course Sequence & Outline

The program begins with the foundations in the 40 hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). After you are certified with HAZWOPER you will take Chemical and Operational Safety and a CPR/First Aid Course. Once those foundational courses are done students will take classes on the following topics:

  • Asbestos
  • Mold
  • Meth
  • Lead

After successfully completing those courses, students will move into more advanced material such as:

  • Phase 1 Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Underground storage tanks
  • Vapor Intrusion

Participant Requirements

  • Students will be expected and required to attend and successfully pass all courses
  • Students must be able to pass a urine analysis test for illegal substances
  • Students will be fit tested to respiratory masks, the student must be able to work in a mask
  • Students must be physically fit enough to lift 30 lbs and function in a confined environment

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can I just take one or two classes and not the whole program?
Answer:Yes. but the cost will be regular SKC tuition and fees and you must have all the prerequisite courses/certifications.

Question: What happens if I commit to the whole program but don’t finish?
Answer: Because class size is limited in the program, it is vital that you complete.

Question: When and where are classes?
Answer: Classes start in January and run until June. They will be held various nights and weekends. Classes will be held on the SKC campus in Pablo.

Question: What equipment is included in the training?
Answer: Students will be provided all needed equipment for training purposes including masks, air tanks, Tyvek suits etc. The equipment remains the property of SKC and not the student at the end of training.

Question: How much does the entire program cost?
Answer: Admission to the program means the student will only pay SKC registration and technology fee. It is approximately $400 for the entire length of the program.

For More Info:

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Greg Gould

Hazmat Course Draft Schedule

Program Information Session

Thursday December 14, 6pm

-Robert DePoe III Building

New Haz Mat Student Orientation

-Monday January 8th, 6pm

-Robert DePoe III Building

Foundation Classes

HAZWOPER 40 hour

-January 12-14 (all day)

-January 20-21 (all day)

Chemical and Operational Safety

-Tues and Thurs January 16 and 18


First Aid and CPR

January TBD

Hazardous Materials Specialty Courses

Asbestos 24 hours

-February 1-2 (evening)

-February 3-4 (all day)

Asbestos Supervisor 40 hour

-February 8-10 (evenings and Saturday)

-February 15-17 (evenings and Saturday)

Lead 4 hours

-January 23 (evening)

Mold and Meth 16 hours

-March 1-3 (evening and Saturday)

Haz-Mat Site Operations 8 hour

-March 10 all day

Environmental Remediation Courses

Environmental Assessment

-April 11 and 13 (evening)

Site Assessments

-March 25 (evening)

-March 27-28 (evening and Saturday)

Environmental Sampling

-May 9 (evening)

-May 11-12 (evening and Saturday)

Leaking Underground Tanks

-May 23 and 25 (evening)

Vapor Intrusion

-June 5 (evening)