SKC Hazardous Material Program

Applications for the 2018-2019 program are due now.

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.

Two Program Track Options

Hazardous Materials Workforce Certification

Students must complete the following courses to earn the certification.  Most courses are offered in the evenings or on the weekends.

  • Hazwoper 40
  • Chemical and Operational Safety
  • First Aid/CPR

AND at least 2 of the following:

  • Asbestos 24 hour
  • Asbestos Supervisor 40 hours
  • Lead Abatement
  • Mold/Methamphetamine Inspection

Hazardous Materials Certificate of Completion

This one-year program includes additional coursework to provide students with enough credits to earn a 1-year college degree.  Additional coursework includes classes in emergency management, emergency communications, computer skills, and all required hazardous materials courses.  While Hazardous Materials courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends, other courses are offered during regular college hours.  This is a full-time student curriculum and students may be eligible for financial aid.

Click Here for Certificate of Completion Program Curriculum

Program Requirements

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED
  • Pass a pre-training urine drug screen
  • Have a 10th grade reading level or greater on the TABE (See information below.)
  • Much of the environmental work for which you will be trained requires heavy lifting and working outdoors. You must be physically fit, able to work in confined spaces, and able to wear a respirator mask. You must be able to lift 40 pounds.
  • You must be unemployed or underemployed. See definitions of underemployment on the program webpage.
  • Be able to be fit tested for a respiratory mask and work in a mask

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 September and run until May. 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 for all required and optional courses. Fees total $200 for the entire length of the program.

For More Info:

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Greg Gould

Hazmat Course Draft Schedule

New Haz Mat Student Orientation

-Thursday, September 13, 2018

-Robert DePoe III Building

Foundation Classes

HAZWOPER 40 hour

- Class Dates and Times To Be Determined

Chemical and Operational Safety

- Class Dates and Times To Be Determined

First Aid and CPR

- November TBD

Hazardous Materials Specialty Courses
Dates to be determined for the following courses.

Asbestos 24 hours

Asbestos Supervisor 40 hour

Lead 4 hours

Mold and Meth 16 hours

Haz-Mat Site Operations 8 hour

Environmental Assessment

Site Assessments

Environmental Sampling

Leaking Underground Tanks

Vapor Intrusion